Yoga for Refugees and Yoga in the NHS
This is a fabulous article about the wonderful work of Ourmala, who offer yoga, English lessons, hot lunches and advice and support to more than 60 women who are refugees weekly.
The Minded Institute, alongside Ourmala, are in the Guardian today!
This is a fabulous article about the wonderful work of Ourmala, who offer yoga, English lessons, hot lunches and advice and support to more than 60 women who are refugees weekly. We are very proud to be affiliated with this wonderful charity. The article explains:...
"The charity’s yoga instructors receive training from Heather Mason, founder of The Minded Institute, which advocates mind-body therapy for the treatment of mental health issues.
"Yoga should be on the NHS as it is cost-effective and helps in the management of many long-term chronic conditions" Heather Mason explains.
“Refugees who have experienced trauma struggle with sleep and often have a lot of shame around their bodies, particularly those who have been raped or tortured. Yoga puts them back in touch with their bodies and gives them grounding.”
Mason is campaigning to get yoga embedded into the NHS and was instrumental in Conservative MP Bob Blackman introducing an early day Motion in the Commons in June recommending yoga be included for NHS staff and patients. She has taught yoga to traumatised refugees in the Maudsley Hospital, and cites a report published by the mindfulness all party parliamentary group which estimates that bringing mindfulness into healthcare would save £15 for every pound spent."
Let's keep spreading the word about Ourmala's vital work and about bringing yoga into the NHS!