Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/03/06 Victor Sierpina, co-medical director of the primary care pavilion at the University of Texas Medical Branch, leads the monthly meetings. Sierpina directs the institution’s complementary and alternative medicine project, and he frequently suggests yoga as a treatment not only for insomnia but for other ailments such as chronic back pain and stress. “It’s a very widespread, popular health practice,” he said. Yoga can help patients who don’t tolerate medications well or who simply want to stay away from drugs, he said. But like many medical alternatives, Sierpina said, yoga is not for everyone. “Some people can’t do it,” he said. “Some won’t do it. It’s not in line with their belief system, or there might be other reasons.” Education might help, he said, but in the end, the physician should let the patient decide. “If you try to force the issue, it’s not going to help,” he said.