Yoga4Health 60-hour Training
The YIHA Yoga4Health programme is accredited by the Personalised Care Institute – the accrediting body set up by NHS-England and the Royal College of GPs for training courses in the areas of social prescribing and social care, within the framework of universal personalised care.
Yoga4Health is a 10-week programme for NHS patients at risk of chronic illness. Patients join a mixed class of up to 15 students to be led through 10 weeks of themed classes to help them develop a personal toolkit of yoga practices that support their health and wellness. They are supported to make lifestyle change and develop a daily yoga practice, and social connection is fostered through the unique structure of Yoga4Health. Patients join Yoga4Health classes through GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker referral, or by self-referral. The classes often attract support funding from a variety of sources, or are patient-funded (with up to 5 free places per course for those on low incomes).
Patients come to Yoga4Health because they are socially isolated; suffer from stress or mild-moderate anxiety/depression; are at risk of cardio-vascular disease; are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is highly rewarding to be able to support these patients and help them make changes that will improve their health and wellbeing and also help the NHS by reducing the number of appointments and treatments required by people who have been able to avoid chronic lifestyle-related illness.
“The course was far beyond my expectations. In fact, the data, research and knowledge that has been shared is astounding” – 2020 student testimonial
Professional development training to deliver the NHS-commissioned Yoga4Health 10-week Social Prescribing protocol is open to yoga teachers with a 500 hour teaching qualification (or equivalent) and at least three years of teaching experience with a track record of modifying postures for the physically less able.