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Yoga Medical Society in Japan(YMSJ)


Popularize yoga therapy in Japan’s medical society.

Key principle
Build credibility of yoga therapy as an optimal tool in Japan’s medical fields based on evidence, rationales and practice.

Service: Offer and foster an environment in which people can learn, share and practice yoga therapy as well as conduct research on it.


Established in 2016. Registered as a general incorporated association (non profit) .

Membership types
Regular member, General member, Registered member for the Common Inter-est Community (CIC)
We currently have about 300 registered members and 80 general members. (June2017) Preparations are being made to set up the category of regular membership.

The executive board consists of the President, Board Members including medical doc-tors, members of the media, yoga instructors.

Domestic support
TWe collaborate with Medical Supporters who are doctors and other medical practitioners endorsing our activities.

International support
YMSJ is affiliated with IAYT.


CIC-based groups hold workshops at their initiative to achieve their missions and goals and support mutually.

We certify yoga therapists who meet our 10 criteria, including completing our basic training course, participating in YMSJ-accredited workshops and giving presentations and reports.

We have started some research projects in collaboration with our Medical Supporters at medical institutions.

We translate significant research reports and medical reviews with supervision of medical doctors who are our board members.


We adopt contemporary medicine to assess therapeutic effects of yoga in order to fa-cilitate the use of yoga therapy by health care providers.

Never Force.
-Listen to people’s needs, concerns and preferences.
-Listen to the body and mind.
-Respect physical and mental limitations.
Our ethics is based on IAYT’s Code of Ethics.

Global Cooperation

YMSJ is an affiliated organization with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)

Member of YMSJ are honor to participate in a conference of IAYT (Symposium Yoga Therapy and Research / Symposium Yoga Research) every year.

Website: http://www.yoga-medical.org
For inquiries, contact Yumiko Muramatsu at yumi@yoga-medical.org


“Yoga at its core is really used to help others. Even though it is taking some time, people are beginning to gravitate towards yoga as a way to better their mind, body, and spirit. Be-ing able to help others in itself is a wonderful gift, but giving up hope on this amazing pro-fession because it may be lacking the following you wish is just the more reason to keep practicing. Guide people through all that yoga has to offer from both a health standpoint and a spiritual standpoint. When I see people who have improved their quality of life, or feel happier and have more energy, that is when I know that my job is worth practicing.”

– Judi Bar
Lead Yoga Therapist and Yoga Program Manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

I believe that now is the time to embrace the new sciences of complexity and creativity to advance our professions into the next evolution of true “health” care vs. the historic sickcare. Our ordinary everyday creativity fuels the larger systems of transformational change, so each of us in health care is essential. This transformation won’t happen through our associations or schools. It will require each of us to practice personally from an ancient, embodied wisdom working with our conventional training knowledge. How do we do this? The evidence points to the ancient practices of yoga therapy as field-tested methods of personal transformation that results in not only behavior-al change, but we also now know in the medical literature, epigenetic and neuroplastic changes. This evolution is our charge. It is time to reclaim the dignity of our health vocations in the spirit of Dr. Berwick’s quote below:
“The more commonplace claim that we don’t now have systems to create health is also correct… Here is the rub: the new way, the way to health, may be vastly further from the current design of care than we may at first wish it to be, or believe it to be. ”
— Donald Berwick, MD, CEO and founder of the Harvard-based Institute for Health Improve-ment, 2014.

Matthew J. Taylor
PT, PhD, ERYT-500, past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists

“Dear Ones,I am so grateful that the message of Yoga and Yoga Therapy is alive in Japan. You are fortunate to have such a great representative Tomoko Okabe.
I treasure her friendship. Yoga Therapy is a new profession in the West.
We are all pioneers. My first message to you is what I received from the great Krishnamacharya “The most important aspect in healing is the relationship between the teacher and the student” I have always remembered this and now I pass it on to you.

A gift for all of you is that I am celebrating my 35th anniversary of my Yoga Center Samata International with an online international celebration called the gift that keeps on giving.
I have asked over 50 of the top Yoga and Health professionals in the world to share pearls of wisdom in 2 minute videos every 2 weeks I share 3 of them. This is free to everyone you just have to subscribe to my you tube channel

Many Blessings to all of you

Larry Payne
Ph.D., E-RYT500, YTRX

Yoga Therapy is a vast and diverse field and is growing worldwide. Now is a great time to contin-ue your learning and training in this field. Therapeutic Yoga can be physically-focused and/or ener-getically-, mentally-, or emotionally-focused. At Flow Yoga Community and Jaya Yoga Teacher Training, our inspiration is to share Yoga in ways that are meaningful to students energetically and spiritually. Flow Yoga is also uniquely grounded in preventing yoga injuries so that you can contin-ue your practice for the rest of your life – we approach yoga not from what’s trendy, but from what’s sacred, sustainable, and revolutionary.

Stephanie Adams
Yoga Alliance ERYT 500
Owner, Flow Yoga, http://www.flowhoodriver.com

Yoga Therapy is an adjunct treatment that empowers a patient’s journey through illness, healing and wholeness. Yoga Therapy helps both clinical professionals and consumers to build bridges together for integrated wellness solutions.

Jill Miller
Co-founder of Yoga Tune Up®, Author of The Roll Model