The Yoga in Healthcare Alliance works with the NHS and other health professionals to support patients and help them make lifestyle changes.
YIHA was commissioned by the NHS to create the 10-week Yoga4Health social prescribing programme, which is delivered by over 425 Yoga4Health teachers in the UK and abroad and is accredited by the Personalised Care Institute.
YIHA also offer the Yoga4NHS staff wellbeing programme submitted for accreditation to the Royal College of GPs.
We offer training, information, and collaboration for health care professionals who would like to integrate yoga into their work or service.
YIHA PCI-Accredited Yoga4Health Teacher Training Scholarships
YIHA PCI-Accredited Yoga4Health Teacher Training
On Zoom October 2nd/3rd and October 12th/13th 2023
(4 course days 9am-5.15pm + 25 hours of pre-course learning)
FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for this training
The Yoga4Health programme was originally commissioned in 2016 by West London Clinical Commissioning Group as an early intervention prevention programme for patients at risk of chronic disease who need support to make lifestyle changes and learn self-care skills. The Yoga4Health programme is now offered to NHS patients nationally
YIHA offers a 60-hour Personalised Care Institute (PCI) accredited Yoga4Health Teaching qualification which enables experienced yoga teachers and health professionals who are yoga teachers to deliver the 10-week social prescribing programme to NHS patients.
The PCI was set up by the Royal College of GPs and NHS Improvement to accredit qualifications in universal personalised care and social prescribing.
To apply for a scholarship place for this training please fill out the online application form here
About the Yoga4Health program
The YIHA Yoga4Health programme is accredited by the Personalised Care Institute – the accrediting body set up by the Royal College of GPs and NHS Improvement for training courses in the areas of social prescribing and social care, within the framework of universal personalised care.
Yoga4Health is a 10-week programme for NHS patients at risk of chronic illness. Patients join a mixed class of up to 15 students to be led through 10 weeks of themed classes to help them develop a personal toolkit of yoga practices that support their health and wellness. They are supported to make lifestyle change and develop a daily yoga practice, and social connection is fostered through the unique structure of Yoga4Health.
Patients join Yoga4Health classes through GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker referral, or by self-referral. The classes often attract support funding from a variety of sources, or are patient-funded (with up to 5 free places per course for those on low incomes).
Patients come to Yoga4Health because they are socially isolated; suffer from stress or mild-moderate anxiety/depression; are at risk of cardio-vascular disease; are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is highly rewarding to be able to support these patients and help them make changes that will improve their health and wellbeing and also help the NHS by reducing the number of appointments and treatments required by people who have been able to avoid chronic lifestyle-related illness.
The Yoga4Health programme was commissioned by the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group in 2016 and its delivery to 279 patients evaluated by researchers at Westminster University. They found statistically significant benefits across a wide range of measures, including patient activation, stress, perceived anxiety, perceived depression, and perceived social isolation/connectedness.
“The course was far beyond my expectations. In fact, the data, research and knowledge that has been shared is astounding” – 2020 yoga teacher on the Yoga4Health Training
Professional development training to deliver the NHS-commissioned Yoga4Health 10-week Social Prescribing protocol is open to yoga teachers with a 500 hour teaching qualification (or equivalent: eg. 20 hours + 300 CPD hours) and at least three years of teaching experience with a track record of modifying postures for the physically less able.
The course involves pre-course online learning and 4 course days live on Zoom. A rich learning environment using video clips, multi-media presentations, learning sets and breakout rooms will ensure an engaging and stimulating experience. The course covers the content, delivery, evidence and logistics of delivering the Yoga4Health protocol, as well as professional practice and core values of social prescribing within the framework of universal personalised care.
Yoga4Health Training is delivered by YIHA Training Limited, set up by the YIHA main charity to run training courses and events with all profits being used to sustain the charity and deliver its charitable goals.
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Minded Institute Online CPD
Fierce Calm Scholarship:
The Science & Application of Breath Practices
Part 1: 11th -13th February - Part 2: 12th - 13th March
Time: 10am - 5pm
Join Heather Mason for a 2 part CPD course, exploring the Science and Applications of Breath Practice. It will cover Ujjayi breath, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Coherent Breathing, Dirga breath and more. You will also learn how to apply breath with the use of scent for developing safety, how to use rapid breathing for expedient transformation and how to safely engage in breath holding techniques.
In this 5-day, two-part professional training you will learn about:
– Respiratory physiology
– How breathing influences different systems of the body
– Breath and neuroplasticity
– The relationship between breath and mood
– How to conduct a breath assessment
– How to use a breath assessment to determine appropriate practices for clients
– The psychophysiological and spiritual effects of different breath practices including those that lift the nervous system and those that calm it down.
– How to apply breath practices to different client populations
– Precautions and contra-indications
The course is geared towards yoga and health professionals that want to use evidence based and spiritually informed practice practices in their work.
Between the two parts of the course participants are required to practice different breathing techniques and conduct breath assessments with others. Participants are also invited to 4 evenings of additional breath practice time at no extra charge.
Visit The Minded Institute for further info or email email@example.com for Scholarship details
Fierce Calm and the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance are committed to challenging inequities and expand access to health promoting practices, especially in communities that have faced systemic oppression.
Together we are striving to cultivate a diversity of voices and life experiences in our trainings, while making them accessible to people of all income levels, identities and backgrounds through a range of scholarship opportunities.
If you are from, or belong to, a community that is often under-represented in the yoga community at-large and or have genuine financial need then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and latest scholarship opportunities