Prescribing Yoga on the NHS: A Growing Revolution

Bringing yoga into the NHS.

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The title of the linked article from the Guardian above is 'Should yoga be part of NHS care?'. YES, we say!

Dr Matt Joslin, the Manchester-based GP whose letter imploring the NHS to prescribe yoga went viral a couple of months ago, is now handing out vouchers for a free yoga class courtesy of staff at his practice who are convinced that yoga deserves a more prominent part in NHS care. Dr Matt Joslin developed these vouchers following powerful Facebook support for an open letter he wrote to the NHS in Janu...ary appealing for greater incorporation of the Indian exercise and mindfulness techniques into day-to-day healthcare. The letter received 17,000 Facebook shares.

Astonished at the reaction, Dr Joslin has added to his sixteen years as a yoga practitioner by training to teach the Ashtanga form of the practice. He plans to start giving one class a week from June onwards at Studio 25, and later in the the basement at The Docs when work has been carried out to convert it into a yoga studio, with a physiotherapist also on hand to tackle a range of musculoskeletal problems. We are truly humbled to have Dr. Joslin as part of our Yoga4NHS group and believe this is just the beginning of an important and desperately needed revolution!

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