Yoga could ease pressure on the NHS

Beginners' yoga class

Yoga is at last being recognised by the NHS. We at The Hub know of course about yoga’s profound health and well-being benefits – and have been banging on about them since we launched! Here’s what we’ve said in the past: that it is so beneficial that yoga should be on the NHS, and would save our health service a great deal of money. Well, health professionals have got there, and yoga could soon actually be on offer through the NHS.

At the first conference examining the therapeutic effects of yoga, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged to include yoga classes in the NHS’s Long Term Plan. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, told the delegates there is ‘clear evidence’ that yoga provides people with a form of exercise, social contact and mindfulness that are all vital for good mental and physical health. It could improve muscle strength in the elderly, he said, helping to reduce the number of falls, which costs the NHS around £2 billion a year.

‘The evidence is clear… yoga is an evidenced intervention and a strengthening activity that we know works,’ he announced. And he promised yoga instructors he would work to ensure they had ‘visibility and legitimacy’ in how doctors prescribe for their patients, telling them: ‘I think it is your time’.

If you think it’s your time to dip your toe in this beneficial mind-body practice, we have an Introduction to Yoga course starting very soon. Give us a call on 01590 670955 for details.