Yoga to be Prescribed on the NHS!

GPs will be encouraged to prescribe yoga under a social-prescribing scheme in the UK!! :)

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Happy Sunday everyone! And what a happy Sunday it is when headlines like this one are hitting the news...GPs will be encouraged to prescribe yoga under a social-prescribing scheme in the UK!! :)

Social prescribing – sometimes called community referrals – is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of non-clinical services. According to a recent report by the Local Government Association, the idea is not a new one. There are plenty of examples of arts and exercise-on-prescription services dating back to the 1990s, while London’s Bromley-by-Bow Centre – one of the best known social prescribing schemes – was founded back in 1984.

With growing emphasis on supporting people with long-term conditions to stay well, however, interest in the concept has increased. Over the past decade or so, more and more schemes have been developed, spurred on by government policy documents Choosing Health (2004), Our health, Our Care and Our Say (2006) and Healthy Lives, Health People (2010). More recently, in 2014 the same principles were pushed in NHS England’s Five-Year Forward View, while the need for integration between the NHS, social care and community services is a central part of the ongoing Better Care Fund. The growing interest has even prompted the creation of a Social Prescribing Network, which in early 2016 held its first annual conference.

Very exciting times ahead everyone :) !

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