DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME
The Yoga in Health Care Alliance was commissioned to create a 10-week yoga programme for the West London CCG. The programme is now available throughout the UK to NHS Patients
There is significant research demonstrating that yoga practice can have a significant effect on health, happiness and wellbeing. The Yoga4Health programme was commissioned by the NHS and designed by experts to help patients improve their health and wellbeing in a supportive environment. It is specifically for those who:
- Suffer from stress or anxiety or mild depression
- Need to lose weight
- Need to improve your heart health
- Need to lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Just need help to feel well, healthy and supported
The Yoga4Health programme was evaluated by the University of Westminster and found to be effective across a wide range of measures. Click
Do I need Yoga Experience to
Join the 10 Week Course?
This 10-week course offers gentle yoga and you do not need any prior experience. Beginners and people of any age and ability are welcome. Your expertly trained yoga teacher will adapt and modify every practice so that you can participate fully and work at your own pace in a supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere.
What will the classes involve?
Each of the 10 sessions will last two hours, including:
- Breathing practices
- Simple yoga postures
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Discussion at the end
What is expected of me if I join?
As well as attending 10 sessions of two hours each, you will also be asked to do some yoga at home between sessions. You will be given guidance via home practice sheets and/or YouTube videos. How much home practice you have time for will be up to you. There will be around 15 people in each class.
University of Westminster will be evaluating the effectiveness of the Yoga4Health programme, so you will be required to answer some questions about your health before you start, during the programme and afterwards. Your personal details will be kept private and confidential at all times.
What is Unique About the Yoga4Health Programme?
Designed by members of the Yoga in Health Alliance, The yoga4health Programme was uniquely created to lower stress and improve relaxation skills (thus improving mental health), and help people with prediabetes or at risk of heart disease. Yoga4Health fuses ancient practices with modern medical science. The programme was created by Paul Fox (Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga), Dr. Robin Monro founder of the Yoga Biomedical Trust, Heather Mason Founder of the Minded Institute, Dr. Ned Hartfiel of Bangor University and Emily Brett Founder of Ourmala. This ensures that the Yoga4Health programme is of the highest standard and sensitive to patient needs.