Yoga 4 Health

The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing”, Prince Charles 15th Feb 2019.

 “The evidence is clear …. yoga is an evidenced intervention and a strengthening activity that we  know works. Now is your time”, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England. 

What does Yoga offer ?

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being.

How does it benefit us ? 

In many ways …..

  • Improves mood and reduces stress, which is the number 1 research finding. 
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increased HRV (Heart Rate Variability)
  • Supports people of all ages, including reducing social isolation
  • Promotes self-efficacy
  • Causes a shift in world view – from self to other / from doubt to faith.
  • Integrates care, which is important
  • Supports staff wellbeing
  • Research reveals its ability to foster positive neuroplasticity.

Yoga has always been a practice of enhancing mental being. Mental health problems co-present with many physical issues, in which poor mental health is a contributory – Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Back Pain + Auto-immune conditions.

It focus’s on the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, that cost the health service the most money. In a cohort of around 17,000 patients around ¼ practiced a mind-body technique. Those practicing mind-body techniques presented to the health services 43% less.

Now new areas for Yoga emerging ……  Yoga on Prescription ! 

Social Prescribing is a key part of the new NHS Long Term Plan. It will create 1,000 link workers by 2021 and envisages 900,000 patients receiving social prescribing as part of Universal Personalised Care.

The Yoga in Healthcare Alliance (YIHA) has created a 10-week evidence-based Yoga 4 Health programme currently being delivered across the UK and originally commissioned as a Social Prescribing intervention for 300 patients by the West London CCG. It is supported by the College of Medicine and evaluated by the University of Westminster Researchers. The Yoga 4 Health programme was specifically designed to help patients improve their physical and psychological wellbeing and address risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular conditions and depression.

A GP in the clip below talks about the value of the Yoga 4 Health programme …….

The Yoga In Healthcare Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation + registered Charity, dedicated to bringing yoga into healthcare and helping the NHS to deal with the challenges of promoting self-care through social prescribing. YIHA provides evidence-based yoga for NHS patients in the UK. Supported by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society and the College of Medicine.

As a current Yoga 4 Health teacher I am passionate to see the benefits of the this programme touch the lives of many.

For more information see

To self refer onto a programme in Devon

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