CE Workshop | Integrating Yoga for Modern Wellbeing, Part 1

January 24, 2023

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Across the world, communities and individuals are struggling with health on every level—biological, emotional, social, and physical— and research shows yoga can, and should, be used as part of the solution.

During this 4-part series, we’ll explore different ways of integrating yoga in healthcare systems and hear success stories from around the world. Part 1 features the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance (YIHA) and their social prescribing yoga program, Yoga4health. Commissioned by the health services in West London in 2018, this program is now used throughout the UK in early intervention of some of the most widespread health conditions to improve patient outcomes and decrease demand on healthcare services.

Join the Yoga Alliance Scientific Research team for this workshop as we discuss how lessons learned from the Yoga4health program can be applied in other settings. You will learn:

  • What "social prescribing" means, and how it can support the inclusion of yoga in healthcare in the UK and beyond
  • The important research findings that have helped Yoga4health to spread, and what they mean by "patient empowerment"
  • Strategies for integrating yoga into public health care, no matter the country you reside in

About the Presenters

Heather Mason is the Founder of the Minded Institute, a leading yoga therapy training school in the UK, and the founding director of the Yoga in Health Care Alliance. She holds MAs in Buddhist Studies, Psychotherapy, an MSC in Medical Physiology, and has conducted extensive postgraduate study in Neuroscience. Committed to bringing yoga into health systems, she has also taught in medical schools, educating future doctors in integrating yoga, with a strong focus on breathing practice, created the first mind-body medicine course on USA's first Master of Science degree in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrated Health, developed various programmes for yoga's integration in healthcare, and continues to lecture at various universities on this topic. Heather is the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society in the UK. She is an RYT-500 and C-IAYT; holds MAs in psychotherapy and Buddhist Studies and an MS in Medical Physiology; and has done extensive study in neuroscience. She is also the co-editor of the core text for yoga's in mental healthcare, "Yoga for Mental Health" and co-author of "Yoga on Prescription"

Paul Fox is the Chief Operations Officer for the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance charity and co-author with Heather Mason of Yoga on Prescription: The Yoga4Health Social Prescribing Protocol. Paul oversees a community of over 425 yoga teachers and healthcare professionals who have trained with YIHA to deliver the Yoga4Health 10-week programme, accredited by the UK's National Health Service through the Personalised Care Institute. Yoga4Health is an early intervention programme equipping patients with a personalised yoga toolkit to support health and wellbeing, and to support the sustainability of healthcare systems by reducing appointments and tackling non-communicable diseases. YIHA has also developed a Yoga4NHS staff wellbeing programme which is being rolled out during 2023. Paul works closely with Heather Mason to deliver YIHA's charitable objectives of integrating yoga into healthcare, and with her on the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society.

Steph Winsor (MA, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP) is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Jr. Researcher in the Neurorehabilitation and integrative practices field. With a Master's in Psychology and Education from Teacher's College, she leads programs and trainings that highlight the power of yoga and psychoeducation. Steph specifically works with LoveYourBrain Foundation to share yoga for those affected by TBI through in-person and online yoga and mindset programming.

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