Monis Khan, Resident Editor, NM
Globally, tourism industry is worth $3.2 trillion, out of which 14% (or $439 billion) worth of revenue comes only from wellness travel. India's medical tourism market is USD 3 billion at present which is expected to be more than double in size around USD 8 billion by 2020.
Wellness travel includes Yoga and meditation experiences to reduce one’s stress and improve one’s health holistically. India is a natural choice for wellness travel because it is a leader in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Meditation.
India is one of the fastest-growing wellness destinations of the world – with a projected growth rate of 22% per annum. The US, which is the leading destination for wellness tourism right now, has a projected growth rate of 5.8% per annum on an average.
Since thousand years BC till today, Yoga has been an integral part of our fitness practice, but with the starting of 21st century yoga is not just a practice but a rising trend in our healthcare system. Not only the old generation but our youth has also accepted this practice with open arms and made yoga as a part of fitness.
The ancient practice of yoga, has known to undergo significant changes over time and now is getting a completely modern twist to keep it upbeat, modern, flexible and fun, resulting in some unique yoga trends.
Yoga has both long term as well as short term benefits.
Few people are inspired by Spiritual element such as mental satisfaction where as some desires to remain fit & flexible while others look to fight against health disorder with the help of Yoga.
India being the hub for yoga inclines with first world countries in the same field. Despite of being too advanced in modern medicine the first world countries have accepted yoga because of its physical & mental benefits.
There is an average increase of 15% yoga practitioner each year in US out of which 72% are women & 28% are men.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted healthcare professionals to integrate yoga into the modern healthcare system to make wellness a part of life. According to him people are just not satisfied with just preventing and treating diseases. They now demand promotion of wellness which is a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit.
This is where the role of yoga is paramount.
Doctors of modern medicine also realize the facts & suggesting yoga for better recoveries after treatment. Aiming to meet all health requirements, the multispecialty hospitals have introduced yoga within their treatment course. Accepting the trend super specialty hospitals in Delhi such as Sir Gangaram hospital, Max cure & many other hospitals have introduced & promoting Yoga trend into their treatment care process.
Speaking on this trend Dr. Sushant Srivastava, Director & Consultant Department of CTVS, (Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery), BL Kapoor Hospital said, “Regular practice of Yoga makes helps to reduce stress and is the best preventive measure against disease. Apart from these yoga is also the best recovery exercise. After medical treatment when the patient is at ICU the Doctors do not suggest to do any kind of exercise.
At that point of time yoga helps the patient against mental stress, helps in gaining energy & faster recovery”. Adding to this about the future of Yoga as a part of healthcare system he said, “Yoga is having an increasing role in our healthcare. It is having preventive as well as recovery value. Most of the super specialty hospitals have already introduced it and as yoga popularizes rehabilitation, others will definitely think about it in coming time”.
Sir Gangaram Hospital has introduced yoga classes under the supervision of Prof. Dr. S.C. Manchanda, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Sir Gangaram Hospital. He recommends his patients Yoga for its Preventive, therapeutic & recovery benefits.
He says, “Yoga is not just a practice for healthy lifestyle but is also proved that it is best practice in recovery process. Other than communicable disease this it is also the best preventive & therapeutic measure for healthy lifestyle. Yoga is also a natural anti - depression and helps in boosting mood of a patient who has just been recovered from some illness. Even Modern medicine has also confirmed that yoga as the best healing medicine.”
Welcoming the fact and taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to the international level, India Virtual Hospital, a tech enabled Medical concierge service has introduced free packages of yoga for international patients as well as domestic patients.
Launching the special package Mr. Swadeep Srivastava, Founder & Managing partner of India Virtual Hospital said “ Yoga is not just about asanas and physical exercise but Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. Realizing yoga as an integral part of treatment for modern medicine & taking our Prime Minister’s vision to the next level we are launching 3 yoga classes and 3 Ayurveda sessions free for our international Patients and promoting yoga practice internationally.”