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Prescribing yoga and arts classes on the NHS is money well spent

Want, Idleness, Ignorance, Squalor and Disease: these were the five "giants" identified by Sir William Beveridge in his wartime report that laid the foundation  for the postwar welfare state. He omitted a sixth that is less viable yet as old as civilisation: loneliness.

Isolation inflicts a heavy psychological burden, especially on the elderly. It also has financial costs, in worsening ill health. An innovative scheme in Rotherham suggests how these can be reduced. Health administrators in the town have since 2012 allocated about £500,000 a year to community groups to help vulnerable patients to join them.

It works, for patients and health budgets. GPs direct patients to activities such as yoga, fitness classes or the arts, or counseling for those with financial or welfare problems. This sort of social prescribing reduces the pressure on medical services. Analysis by Sheffield Hallam University suggests that by reducing A & E visits, hospital stays and GP appointments, …

Prescription for yoga cuts A&E visits

Prescribing yoga, arts and Xbox fitness classes on the NHS can cut A & E visits by a sixth, according to an analysis of one of the largest such schemes.

Lonely older patients are much happier of GPs send them to knitting, woodwork or local history groups and the NHS could save money because they need less treatment, the study suggests.

Family doctors say they have replaced priests as the first port of call for people with social or financial problems, and non-medical help will free up appointments. Loneliness exacerbates health problems of the elderly.

In one of the longest running programmes, health chiefs in Rotherham have spent £500,000 a year since 2012 on community groups and advisers to help vulnerable patients to joint them.

Tai chi, quizzes, indoor curling and other exercises are among the groups offered to lonely older people, while those with financial problems are given debt and welfare advice and those with depression are steered towards music or creative writing clas…

New Yoga Mama class timetable

Below you will find the timetable and prices for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 22 February 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

DayTime                    Course                                   Teacher     Duration     CostMon      18:45 - 19:45Pregnancy PilatesRachelOngoingClass passMon20:00 - 21:00Pilates RehabRachel7 weeks£105Tue09:00 - 10:15     Ashtanga YogaCherie7 weeks£112Tue10:30 - 11:30Mum and Baby YogaHajni7 weeks£105Tue18:45 - 19:45Pregnancy YogaClaireOngoingClass passWed09:15 - 10:15Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wed10:25 - 11:25Tai ChiEnid7 weeks£105Wed12:00 - 13:00Postnatal PilatesRachel7 weeks£105Wed18:45 - 19:45Pregnancy YogaDianeOngoingClass passWed20:00 - 21:00Restorative YogaDiane7 weeks£105Thu10:30 - 11:30Mum and Baby YogaHajni7 weeks£105Fri09:00 - 10:30Ashtanga Yoga ledCherie7 weeks£119Sat10:00 - 11:00Pregnancy YogaCherieOngoingClass passSat11:15 - 12:15Pregnancy PilatesRachelOngoingClass passSat12:30 - 13:30…

Yoga Mama at the OM Yoga Show Glasgow 2016

Pregnancy Yoga for Teachers and Students with Yoga Mama

Pregnancy yoga with Yoga Mama. An introduction to prenatal yoga for women over 14 weeks pregnant or for yoga teachers who would like to know about teaching pregnancy yoga. Breathe, stretch and relax.

Saturday 2nd April | 12:45 - 13:15

Warrior Open Class


CLICK HEREto buy your tickets

Happy Moon day

Yoga for Birth Preparation

YOGA FOR BIRTH PREPARATION NEXT COURSE: Wednesday 4/5 and Wednesday 11/5/2016

Diane's "Yoga for Birth Preparation" classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (from 32 weeks), where what we need most is to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing and be in a consciously relaxed state, where we can connect with ourselves, our babies and our inner birthing wisdom.

The course runs over two weeks covering the following topics:

Week 1:
The natural physiology of birth – What to expect at different stages of the labour process
Using breath as your anchor in labour – Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour.

Week 2:
Managing fear – Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation – Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts. After the initial discussion, the session then becomes more body focused incorporating yoga postures that can help mov…

April 2016 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training


NEXT COURSE: 8 - 10 & 22 - 24 APRIL 2016

Further your yoga teaching skills with the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. Our next course will take place over two full weekends in April 2016. Take advantage of our early bird discount before Monday 29th February. Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. There will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends in April 2016. Topics that will be covered are:

    Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)    Sequencing pre and postnatal classes    The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga    Propping and assisting pregnant students    Pre and postnatal anatomy for yoga    Common ailments associated with pregnancy    Setting up classes for pregnant students

For full details about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.