Yoga4NHS Group at House of Commons Today to Discuss Yoga in the NHS

Some of us from the Minded Institute are going to Parliament this afternoon to discuss, amongst other things, the Early Day Motion passed last week to bring yoga fully into the NHS.

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Jun 27, 2016
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http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/215

Some of us from the Minded Institute are going to Parliament this afternoon to discuss, amongst other things, the Early Day Motion passed last week to bring yoga fully into the NHS. This is an auspicious moment for yoga and yoga therapy with the hope being to support Simon Stevens, chair of NHS England, in his endeavours to make yoga available to all NHS staff; our aim is to make yoga available to all patients also. To support the motion, you are invited to write to your local MP requesting that they sign and back the motion. A draft letter for amendment is pasted below. Every voice counts!

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Dear (Name of your MP),

I have found yoga therapy very helpful in helping me reduce symptoms as well as reducing the use of medications. Please will you sign to support the motion outlined below, and encourage your other colleagues to do so, too?

Yoga is an empowering and multi-dimensional approach to encouraging well-being, which appreciates the link between physical and psychological health and lifestyle. A corpus of research studies reveal yoga offers preventative and curative benefits for a variety of mental and physical conditions and is correlated with improved lifestyle choices. If yoga were readily available on the NHS it would enhance well-being for so many of us - providing skills and tools that can be used to improve and or maintain health.

Recently, Simon Stevens a Head of NHS England designed a well-being initiative for NHS staff wherein yoga was included, thus, highlighting the NHS's recognition of yoga's benefit. Following this action The All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Sciences is concentrating efforts towards the full-inclusion of yoga into the NHS for everyone and has drafted an Early Day Motion to set this in motion.

If you support this action, please sign this motion before the 27th of June. On the 27th there will be a meeting at the House of Commons where the inclusion of yoga into the NHS will be addressed and the more signatures we have the greater the clout behind this action. The motion can be found here:

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/215 and is outlined below

Text of the EDM 215:

“That this House celebrates the 2nd International Day of Yoga, on 21 June 2016, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015; recognises that yoga is a multi-dimensional approach to encouraging well-being, which appreciates the link between physical and psychological health and lifestyle; appreciates that yoga is a reflective and non-invasive practice, which is appropriate in all stages of life; recommends yoga to be included as part of mindfulness and well-being initiatives for NHS staff and for yoga to be integrated within treatment for patients; and urges the Department for Education to introduce yoga in the school physical education curriculum.”

Please sign!

Sincerely,

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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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