Our History

1997

The Institute of Medical Yoga IMY was founded by Göran Boll with the aim of developing research and making the medical and therapeutic potential of yoga available in the West.

1997

Irene Jensen (Professor, Unit of intervention and implementation research for worker health, Institute of environmental medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden), launches the first study on yoga in Sweden. A pilot study that aims to investigate whether yoga can be used as secondary prevention for non-specific back pain.

2004

Astra Zeneca brings in medical yoga as part of prevention and rehabilitation through the internal occupational health service.

2007

Maria Wahlström (Ass. Principal, Med. Dr, SN, Department of Health Promoting Science, Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm, Sweden), is starting a pilot study on Medical Yoga as secondary prevention of heart attacks at Danderyd Hospital.

2007

IMY starts training health professionals in Medical Yoga.

2008

Medical Yoga is starting to be defined as MediYoga for clearer content and structure.

2009

Investor starts using MediYoga as rehabilitation for staff on sick leave.

2009

IMY initiates co-operation with IAYT (International Association Yoga Therapists) in developing global structures for yoga as therapy.

2009

Maria Wahlström is awarded a diploma from the Swedish Society of Medicine for the best scientific presentation on yoga as secondary prevention of heart attacks and yoga for atrial fibrillation.

2010

Danderyd Hospital becomes the first hospital in Sweden to implement MediYoga as a regular rehabilitation programme for heart patients.

2013

The first Swedish RCT study on MediYoga is published - Patients with stress-related symptoms in primary care is published.
Köhn, M., Persson Lundholm U., Bryngelsson, Ing-Liss., Anderzén-Carlsson, A., Westerdahl, E. (2013) Medical Yoga for Patients with Stress-Related Symptoms and Diagnoses in Primary Health Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013

2013

The second Swedish RCT study on MediYoga is published - patients with high blood pressure in primary care.
Wolff M, Sundquist K, Larsson Lönn S, Midlöv P. Impact of yoga on blood pressure and quality of life in patients with hypertension - a controlled trial in primary care, matched for systolic blood pressure. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2013

2015

The third Swedish RCT study on Mediyoga is published - Cost-effectiveness of early intervention of yoga in non-specific low back pain.
Aboagye E, Karlsson ML, Hagberg J, Jensen I. Cost-effectiveness of early interventions for non-specific low back pain: a randomised controlled study investigating medical yoga, exercise therapy, and self-care advice. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2015

2015

100 health centres in Sweden use Mediyoga

2015

IMY organises the first Swedish yoga research conference where researchers from all over Scandinavia present their research on MediYoga.

2017

The fourth Swedish RCT study on Mediyoga is published - Effects of yoga for patients with atrial fibrillation.
Wahlstrom M, Karlsson MR, Medin J, Frykman V. Effects of yoga in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation - a randomised controlled study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017

2017

Pär Krutzén will be the new Director of IMY.

2017

The fifth Swedish RCT study on Mediyoga is published - Effects of yoga versus water exercise for patients with heart failure.
Hägglund E, Hagerman I, Dencker K, Strömberg A. Effects of yoga versus hydrotherapy training on health-related quality of life and exercise capacity in patients with heart failure: A randomised controlled study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2017

2018

The IMY Research Council is formed with the aim of improving and developing the Mediyoga care model and promoting future research work. The council starts with Irene Jensen, Maria Wahlström, Eva Hägglund, Pär Krutzén and Göran Boll.