Background: Yoga is scientifically validated health promotion intervention developed thousands of years
ago in India. It is helpful in improving attention, memory and learning efficacy of students along with
reduced incidence of depression and anxiety. Introducing yoga in medical curriculum will not only improve
the health of students, it will also make them advocates of the same for their patients in future.
Objectives: 1. To identify the students who are practicing yoga in medical and nursing college and assess
the perceived benefits of yoga practice; 2. To use yoga practicing students to create a ripple effect in
the institution for yoga awareness and practice; 3. To incorporate yoga module in the Competency Based
Medical Education curriculum(CBME).
Materials and Methods: Interventional study among all medical and nursing students. Started with a
pre tested questionnaire. Descriptive statistics is used for analysis of data with Epi-Info7software.Yoga
practicing students were motivated to influence the freshers to adopt yoga(Ripple effect).
Results: Among 200 students 83 yoga practicing students were selected as study subjects. Among them
38% of them are practicing for more than 1 year and 25% of them for less than 1 month. 78% of
students favorably perceived the health benefits of yoga. Sensitization program had influenced the students
Conclusion: Students were aware of the importance of Yoga and all of them perceived some benefits by
Yoga practice. Using yoga practicing student volunteers to create ripple effect is a novel method to spread
awareness and practice.
Medical and nursing students, Ripple effect, Yoga.