Yoga in Palliative Care

The benefits of yoga for palliative care patients

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The benefits of yoga for palliative care patients are becoming more and more obvious through both scientific and strong anecdotal evidence. Kate Binnie been working as a clinical Music Therapist for over 10 years and works in a hospice in Oxfordshire, where she integrates yoga and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic work with patients and their families. Kate also teaches Mindful Yoga at the Maggie’s cancer centre, Oxford, at Sobell House Hospice and runs groups for people living in the community suffering from chronic and terminal illness.

Kate is about to complete an MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College London, for which she won a scholarship to do research into mind/body therapies and pain. She is also involved with several research projects including the Wellcome Trust funded “Life of Breath” project into breathlessness and a pilot project looking at the effect of yoga on adolescents with severe skin disease. Kate’s aim is to bring yoga into mainstream healthcare in order for it to be free at the point of access, and in the education of healthcare professionals into the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of yoga.

Wonderfully, Kate is running a workshop on 6th Nov in London. This workshop follows on from the success of an introductory day earlier in the year, and is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in working with common chronic and terminal conditions. The day will also be of use to health and social care professionals and complementary therapists who wish to add Mindful Yoga skills to their toolkit. This day is for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and supervisors interested in learning about working within supportive and palliative care in healthcare settings. For further details, please follow the link above. Namaste.

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