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Conference: 'Use of Yoga in Healthcare' in Ostrava, Czech Republic

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A recent Conference on 'The Use of Yoga in Healthcare' held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, received a lot of interest. More than 130 participants, including students, doctors, health professionals and general public, accepted the invitation to attend this professional conference on Saturday 6 April 2019. The conference was organized by the Institute of Rehabilitation of the Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava, in cooperation with the Czech Association of Yoga in Daily Life.

It was confirmed that the use of yoga, and in particular the comprehensive methodical system of Yoga in Daily Life, as a treatment method, has its valid place in health care.

The conference was dedicated to the memory of Mgr. Květoslava Hučalová, an excellent physiotherapist and promoter of yoga and the Yoga in Daily Life System. She used to work as a lecturer at the medical faculty.

There were twelve lecturers from healthcare facilities and universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who took their turns to address the full auditorium.

The extensive program of the conference presented the use of yoga and the Yoga in Daily Life System in physiotherapy, gynaecology and obstetrics, yoga for children with mental disabilities, yoga for seniors, yoga as a prevention and treatment for Alzheimer's disease, yoga in cardio-rehabilitation, in oncology, in psychosomatics and more.

Ten of the twelve lecturers are active instructors of the Yoga in Daily Life System, and in their contributions they presented their results of how the Yoga in Daily Life System has been used for treating various health issues.

The head of the Department of Rehabilitation, Medical Faculty in Ostrava, doc. MUDr. Michal Filip PhD, expressed his delight with the course of the conference: “I am very pleased that our conference attracted attention of experts and the public and that our invitation was accepted by professionals such as the internationally renowned spinal surgeon, doc. MUDr. Martin Repko PhD, the head of the Orthopaedic Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University in Brno, who focused on the subject of exercise and its control from the viewpoint of yoga and the practical use of the Yoga in Daily Life System.

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The topics of the lectures were:

  • Yoga in Rehabilitation, Use of Knowledge – Mgr. Květoslava Hučalová (YIDL), Mgr. Monika Janoštíková, Department of Rehabilitation Faculty of Medicine University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Yoga in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (YIDL) – MUDr. Alena Filková, Helios Sanatorium, Brno, Czech Republic
  • The influence of yoga on the personality and health of a child with mental disability (YIDL) – Prof. PhDr. Zuzana Kornatovská, Ph.D., DiS., University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Yoga as Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease (YIDL) – MUDr. Kateřina Sheardová, 1st Department of Neurology of St. Anna, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Analysis of Changes in the physical stability of Seniors 65+ in the Project GAČR ID17-25710S (YIDL) – Prof. PaedDr. Milada Krejčí, CSc., VŠTVS PALESTRA, Prague
  • The System of Yoga in Daily Life as a method treating back pain (YIDL) – Mgr. Eva Oriňáková, physiotherapist, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia
  • Yoga in Daily Life as a preventive programme for treating back pain for the employees of FNsP hospital of F. D. Roosevelt in Banská Bystrica (YIDL) – MUDr. Roman Bednár, PhD., F. D. Roosevelt Faculty Hospital in B. Bystrica, Slovakia
  • Experience with yoga exercise applying YIDL System in Aurora Spa in Třeboň (YIDL) – Jana Moravcová, physiotherapist, Třeboň, Czech Republic
  • Practical use of yoga potential in cardio rehabilitation (YIDL) – MUDr. Vít Čajka Ph.D., Šumperk, Czech Republic
  • The Small Yoga project, use of yoga in paediatric oncology – Mgr. Renáta Homolová, University Hospital Ostrava, Slovakia
  • The use of yoga in psychosomatics – Mgr. Denisa Ivaničová, Department of Physiotherapy FZ SZU Faculty of Medicine, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • Vitality and Health in Old Age through Yoga Exercise applying the Yoga in Daily Life System – Dr. med. Maja Stosic from Rijeka, Croatia.

The food at the conference was also inspiring. Excellent catering was provided by the vegan restaurant Black Kale from Ostrava, which served its vegan specialties in ecologically degradable packaging.

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On behalf of the organizers, Sevadevi Monika Janoštíková expressed her sincere thanks for the success of the conference, and for generating a creative and inspiring atmosphere, to all participants, lecturers, staff from the Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava, the vegan caterers from Black Kale, and to the associations of Yoga in Daily Life from Ostrava, Zlín, Frýdek-Mistek and Kopřivnice.

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