YOGA as THERAPY
Since January 2011 I have been running a popular yoga therapy group for
patients at the Day Hospice at Sobell House hospice, Oxford. This gentle,
chair-based group is focussed on using simple body movements to release
tight joints and muscles with particular emphasis on breathing and deep
relaxation techniques to assist with anxiety and pain management. My mind
is more peaceful, the yoga releases my stress”, “I feel more in charge of my
body” and “I have an increased sense of energy after the yoga” are just some
of the comments on using this service.
With three yoga colleagues from a combination of Media, Health and HR
backgrounds, Kate has set up a company called YOGA HEALTH GROUP
(link to follow) dedicated to collating and disseminating evidence based
research on the efficacy of the use of yoga therapy in medical settings.
Research shows that yoga programmes are cheap, effective interventions to
complement traditional medicine to treat and prevent a variety of chronic
conditions including heart disease, diabetes, psychiatric illness, cancer,
PTSD, CFS and anxiety and mood disorders. YOGA HEALTH GROUP is currently
organizing more studies in the UK for evidence based research, and
going into medical schools, psychiatric units etc to promote and effect yoga
programmes. For information or if you are interested in supporting or joining
this work, contact Kate.