Yoga for Refugees and Yoga in the NHS

This is a fabulous article about the wonderful work of Ourmala, who offer yoga, English lessons, hot lunches and advice and support to more than 60 women who are refugees weekly.

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Jul 19, 2016
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https://www.theguardian.com/…/19/yoga-refugee-women-safe-sp…

The Minded Institute, alongside Ourmala, are in the Guardian today!

This is a fabulous article about the wonderful work of Ourmala, who offer yoga, English lessons, hot lunches and advice and support to more than 60 women who are refugees weekly. We are very proud to be affiliated with this wonderful charity. The article explains:

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"The charity’s yoga instructors receive training from Heather Mason, founder of The Minded Institute, which advocates mind-body therapy for the treatment of mental health issues.

"Yoga should be on the NHS as it is cost-effective and helps in the management of many long-term chronic conditions" Heather Mason explains.
“Refugees who have experienced trauma struggle with sleep and often have a lot of shame around their bodies, particularly those who have been raped or tortured. Yoga puts them back in touch with their bodies and gives them grounding.”

Mason is campaigning to get yoga embedded into the NHS and was instrumental in Conservative MP Bob Blackman introducing an early day Motion in the Commons in June recommending yoga be included for NHS staff and patients. She has taught yoga to traumatised refugees in the Maudsley Hospital, and cites a report published by the mindfulness all party parliamentary group which estimates that bringing mindfulness into healthcare would save £15 for every pound spent."

Let's keep spreading the word about Ourmala's vital work and about bringing yoga into the NHS!

Go to the profile of Heather Mason

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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