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Medical Yoga


Fatigue is a condition characterized by a feeling of extreme tiredness and lack of energy that does not improve even after rest or sleep. Fatigue can be caused by a number of factors such as physical exertion, lack of sleep, stress, grief, underlying medical conditions or mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. NHI describes fatigue as "a feeling of total exhaustion. Some describe it as a feeling of weakness, or constant tiredness. It can be similar to the exhaustion experienced with the flu. It is not the same as being tired. When you have fatigue, you have an unexplained, persistent and recurring exhaustion. You may wake up in the morning after sleeping all night and feel as if you haven't slept. Or you are unable to function at work or be productive at home. You may be too exhausted to carry out normal, everyday tasks.”


Symptoms of fatigue

  • Chronic fatigue or sleepiness

  • Slower reflexes

  • Impaired judgment

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Muscle aches

  • Apathy

  • Mood swings - you become irritable

  • Impaired ability to concentrate

  • Little motivation

  • Impaired short-term memory

  • Blurred vision

Source: NHI


Medical Yoga for Fatigue/Exhaustion

As fatigue can be a symptom of various diseases, treatment depends on the condition causing the fatigue. Medical Yoga can function as a good supplement to other treatment from the healthcare system. Research shows that people who experience persistent fatigue can experience relief with the help of yoga, meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy.


Professor Are Holen at the Department of Neuromedicine at NTNU refers to the latest research findings that deal with yoga, where one of the findings is the perceived quality of life in people with serious illnesses. Some studies have also documented changes in biomarkers linked to infectious conditions in the body in people who practice yoga. These markers indicate a reduction in infection, especially in those who have been practicing yoga for a long time. Holen notes that yoga can affect inflammatory conditions, although not all studies agree on this. It has been shown that yoga can reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which indicates a decrease in stress levels. This is important for the immune system, as high levels of cortisol can suppress its function.

Furthermore, studies have shown that yoga practice can be positive for people who suffer from fatigue or chronic fatigue. Although the condition is not cured, it may become easier to manage the disease. Yoga has also been shown to improve sleep quality, as it reduces stress levels and makes it easier to fall asleep. Some studies have also shown that they experience fewer physical symptoms related to their psychological problems when they practice yoga.

Medical Yoga for fatigue involves calm and slow movements, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. In addition, an introduction is given on how to mentally deal with brooding and worry.


Module content:

  • The polyvagal theory

  • Stress psychology

  • Physiology and the nervous system

  • Yogic perspective

  • Breathing techniques

  • Customized yoga programs

  • Relaxation exercises

Who is the module suitable for:

The module is suitable for you who are healthcare personnel, volunteers, psychologists, psychotherapists, yoga teachers or you who are relatives or affected by fatigue.

Practical info

Course instructors are Anette Haugnæss and Marianne Feydt.
You can read about their background under the tab "about us" and "the team".


The certification course runs over two days

You get a manual with theory and yoga programs

Price: NOK 4990

Course date: 25 and 26 May 2024, 10.00-16.00

Where: Drammen and online

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