Recent research has shown that yoga has many benefits to both the body and the mind, from bad backs, heart problems and diabetes to depression and anxiety.
Research-based evidence shows that for mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, addictions and eating disorders, in many cases yoga, mindfulness and meditation can have greater and longer lasting effects than either psychotherapy or drug therapy. It is also a cheaper option and less invasive with no side effects.
This is such exciting news! Even more exciting is that there is a strong movement to take yoga into the NHS. One of the stalwarts of this activity is Heather Mason, Founder of The Minded Institute, a world leader in yoga therapy training. This link to The Minded Institute’s website tells more about this innovative movement https://themindedinstitute.com/yoga-in-healthcare/?cn-reloaded=1
Recently the Social Prescription movement has taken roots and wings and many GP practices throughout the country either already offer, or are in the process of offering yoga to support stress and mental health issues, along with pain relief and building the immune system defences in many ways. This link gives some wonderfully positive results from The Yoga In Healthcare Alliance research https://yogainhealthcarealliance.com/yoga-on-social-prescription/
What can yoga help?
Any of the following issues can be helped by yoga, mindfulness and meditation:
- Bi polar
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Heart disease
If you are interested in finding out more about how Yoga Therapy might help you either call or email me.
Or speak to your GP to get a referral via Social Prescription https://www.yogainhealthcarealliance.com/yoga-on-social-prescription/at your local doctors surgery.
In 2020 I became a Director of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance taking Yoga into the NHS as well as qualifying as a Yoga in Healthcare Practitioner enabling me to teach yoga in the NHS.