Yoga In Healthcare

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10 week course to help improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing

This course is designed to help 

  • your mental health including anxiety, stress and mild depression
  • lower your risk of pre-diabetes type 2
  • lose and control your weight
  • lower your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health
  • improve your breathing and lung capacity
  • be more active and less sedentary
  • connect with others

The Yoga4Health 10 week course was devised by leading experts, is endorsed by the NHS West London CCG and the College of Medicine.  It is being offered now nationally as a reliable and effective health care intervention.


Mat or chair based

Suitable for Beginners

This 10-week course offers yoga for all and incorporates the chair for those who prefer to be sat rather than sitting/lying on the floor. You do not need any prior experience. Beginners and people of any age and ability are welcome. Every practice will be adapted and modified as required, ensuring that you can participate fully, working at your own pace in a supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere.

Yoga and Mindfulness

Each of the 10 sessions will last two hours and includes:

  • Breathing practices
  • Yoga postures within your safe limits
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Group discussion

The session can be undertaken on a mat or on a chair so is accessible to all.

Home practice is encouraged during the duration of the programme.

yoga class

How can I register for the programme?

Evidence based yoga available as a social prescription activity

You can be referred into the programme through your GP, linking into a local social prescribing service as an onward referral route or alternatively, you are able to refer yourself and self fund.

What do I need to bring?

All props are provided including blankets however, you may wish to bring an additional blanket and/or maybe some cosy socks for your relaxation. Maybe bring some water as well to ensure you stay hydrated.

What do I need to wear?

Wear comfortable clothes you can move in.  You are welcome to keep your socks on but please ensure they are non slip.

Helping alleviate functional disorders

Associated conditions including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel (IBS), fertility issues, elimination issues, chronic fatigue (CFS), and many other functional disorders where there is no pathological cause may also be significantly improved by rebalancing the autonomic nervous system and improving heart rate variability, 

You are invited to take part in a before and after survey to help with on-going medical research to further confirm that improving heart rate variability and your autonomic nervous system will help alleviate function disorders.


Jo Burningham

Helping and empowering individuals to improve their own health and wellbeing with yoga

Jo has had yoga in her life since a teenager. Always striving heard to achieve success in her 30 years in IT whilst studying anatomy, physiology, psychology and yoga. Teaching for 7+ years and practising for 35 years, Jo originally studied yoga with Dr. Elena Voyce and subsequently studied Yoga Therapy with Yoga Campus before training in the yoga4health protocol with Yoga In Healthcare Alliance. Through challenging teenage years and a stressful corporate career, yoga has always been Jo's tool to regain focus and overcome body and mind challenges.

Upcoming course details

St John's, Woking

St. John's Memorial Hall, St Joh's Lye, Woking, GU21 7SQ

Monday 9:45 - 11:45 AM

23rd September 2019

Cost £130

Jacobs Well, Guildford

Willow Sanctuary, Watts Cottage, Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well, Guildford GU4 7PP

Monday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

30th September 2019

Cost £160

Hove Methodist Church

Hove Methodist Community Center, Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5DR

Wednesday 9:45 - 11:45 AM

2nd October 2019

Cost £97.50 - Concessions available

Coming Soon

Haywards Heath and Portslade

Courses also coming soon to Haywards Heath and Portslade. Register your interest by contacting us or the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance to find your local teacher and get details of courses in your area.

Designed by the UK’s leading yoga therapists and yoga teachers

The 10 week programme fuses ancient practices with modern medical science. Designed by the UK’s leading yoga therapists and yoga teachers, including Paul Fox, former Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga; Dr Robin Monro, founder of the Yoga Biomedical Trust; Heather Mason, founder of the Minded Institute; Dr Ned Harfiel of Bangor University; and Emily Brett, founder of Ourmala.

This ensures that the programme is of the highest standard and sensitive to patient needs.

The programme is devised by the Yoga In Health Care Alliance. A social enterprise that is enabling the UK National Health Service to provide yoga to its patients. Encouraging and enabling the NHS and yoga teachers to work together effectively.

Yoga is an effective ‘mind-body’ medicine that can both prevent and manage chronic health issues and it also delivers significant cost savings to healthcare providers.


In a cohort of around 17,000 patients

25% were practising mind-body techniques

of which 43% presented less often to the health services