Yoga In Healthcare Alliance is a council of experts devoted to integrating therapeutic yoga practice into healthcare systems. Epidemic portions of lifestyle and chronic diseases now plague humanity. Yoga can be practiced by anyone, at any stage of life, promotes mental and physical well-being, prevents and or reduces suffering of the large and growing number of patients with non-communicable diseases, and is cost-effective. Evidence is already emerging, indicating yoga’s multi-dimensional value in healthcare.
For example, two recent studies of patients with low back pain revealed that yoga improved health-related quality of life, reduced sickness absence, and saved employers money. Notably, researchers estimated a 95% probability that integrating yoga into the NHS would result in significant cost-savings as compared with usual care. (Aboagye et al. 2015; Chuang et al., 2012).
The World Health Organization, the United Nations, and governments throughout the world already acknowledge yoga's role in promoting national and global health and reducing the economic burden associated with non-communicable diseases. This year on International Yoga Day Ban Ki Moon declared yoga’s inclusion in global health care would support the world in achieving its health and well-being goals for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Through support, guidance, education and acting as a formal point of communication with the relevant health organisations, health professionals, patients, yoga pundits and yoga schools, and government agencies; we believe we can achieve the successful inclusion of evidence-based yoga into healthcare in a manner that improves health, saves money, and is culturally and socially appropriate.
We are committed to:
Promoting dialogue amongst all schools of yoga to offer a unified yet diverse vision of yoga's role in healthcare.
Raising international awareness of the mental and physical health benefits of yoga by disseminating research evidence.
Empowering individuals to take active roles in maintaining and restoring their own health through yoga.
Conducting economic analysis on the inclusion of yoga into healthcare.
Researching the most effective means by which to include yogic practices into health care.
Providing guidance regarding which types of yoga are supported by evidence (systematic reviews of randomized control trials) and for which ailments.
Communicating and collaborating on the drafting of healthcare policy in conjunction with interested providers.
Assuring that all human beings regardless of gender, age, race, or socio-economic background have access to and are aware of how mind-body practices such as yoga may improve their health and well-being.