Speech Given at The House of Commons Yesterday, 27th June 2016

Yesterday evening, I addressed the House of Commons, where over 100 other leaders in yoga, health, and politics and the community had gathered to discuss yoga’s inclusion in the NHS. The Early Day Motion recently passed was also discussed.

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Yesterday evening, I addressed the House of Commons, where over 100 other leaders in yoga, health, and politics and the community had gathered to discuss yoga’s inclusion in the NHS. The Early Day Motion recently passed was also discussed. It was a truly blessed evening full of hope and enthusiasm for making yoga available to every person, whatever their age, background or health status. Below follows part of the s...peech I delivered, the rest of which can be accessed via our blog using the web-link above. We will also share with you over the coming days some of the findings presented by other speakers yesterday:

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Good evening everyone, I am deeply honoured that you are all here tonight to celebrate yoga’s contribution to humanity and to underline how its integration into the NHS will foster greater well-being to many while reducing the economic burden associated with non-communicable diseases: According to the department of health England, 70 percent of the NHS’s budget is spent on these chronic conditions, many of which are preventable and are partially or totally ameliorated through improved lifestyle choices.

As someone who healed from years of depression and Post traumatic stress as a result of combined yoga and mindfulness practice, I have long wanted these modalities to be readily available. I think it’s often part of healing, the desire for others to also find relief. When I first came to the UK 13 years ago and then established the Minded institute, I didn’t even dream of what we are discussing tonight. There was not enough interest and not enough evidence.

But look at us now! We stand on the precipice of possibility knowing the time is right for the UK to set an international example – to become the first nation to fully embed yoga into the healthcare system.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, has backed a £450 staff well-being drive and explicitly included yoga. Yoga is spreading throughout the nation and Kantar media group reported that in 2015 2.4 people practiced regularly. Research evidence is burgeoning, convincing, and increasingly rigorous. A bibliometric analysis looking at trials conducted from 2003-2013 found that there was a 1000 percent increase in this time frame compared to the previous 36 years combined. In the US, NIH repeatedly finds yoga to be the most popular mind-body practice used in complementary health. Further review papers reveal those who practice possess better lifestyle choices, are happier, healthier, and use the health services less. I am excited to hear Ned Harfiel present his research on a how yoga intervention led to cost savings in the NHS later on this evening.

To read the rest of the speech, please visit our blog at; https://themindedinstitute.wordpress.com/…/heather-masons-…/

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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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