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1437-Teaching Yoga to NHS Patients

14th November 2020
at Martlesham Community Hall

1437-Teaching Yoga to NHS Patients

Tutor: Paul Fox

Date: 14th November 2020

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Martlesham Community Hall

Type of Event: CPD Event

Places Available: 27

Teaching Yoga to NHS Patients CPD Day - (Can be on Zoom if required).

With Paul Fox DCT

This new IST day is suitable for any BWY teacher interested in teaching yoga to NHS patients. It is also an opportunity to explore the teaching of yoga in ways that activate self-healing and self-care. Paul Fox worked with Heather Mason and other leading figures in UK yoga to develop the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance 10-week Yoga4Health protocol as a Social Prescribing intervention for NHS patients. Yoga is an effective system of self-care and self-healing that has the potential to reduce greatly the burden on the NHS, and empower patient to live healthier and happier lives. The areas covered on this IST day will be relevant to anyone teaching yoga in a therapeutic way, not necessarily in the NHS.

Outline plan for the day

10-10.30 – Introduction to teaching yoga in the NHS and how to approach NHS professionals

10.30-12.30 – Therapeutic yoga class suitable for NHS patients

12.30-1 – Feedback and discussion on the class and approach taken


2-2.30 – How relaxation can be taught to NHS patients – pair work using scripts

2.30-3.15 – The science behind teaching yoga in the NHS

3.15-3.45 – Suitable Breathing and Pranayama practices for NHS patients – practical in groups

3.45-4 – Evaluation and questions

Aims of the morning

To explore how to set up and run yoga classes for NHS patients and/or get the NHS to refer or recommend patients into BWY yoga classes. To experience the kind of class used with NHS patients as developed by the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance


To feel confident about approaching the NHS to promote the health benefits of yoga and be able to engage in the kind of dialogue expected by doctors and other NHS professionals.

To have experienced a two-hour class suitable for NHS patients and participated fully in all the elements it contains.

Aims of the afternoon

To explore how yoga can support NHS objectives of lowering the risk of a range of chronic life-threatening diseases. To discuss the necessity for an evidence-based protocol. To practice and explore the approach to teaching breathing to NHS patients. To explore approaches to teaching relaxation to NHS patients.


To experience a relaxation designed for NHS patients.

To be able to state at least three reasons why an evidence-based approach is desirable when approaching NHS clinicians. To have obtained knowledge about the theory and evidence supporting yoga as an effective health intervention for non-communicable diseases.

To practice breathing practices and discuss their suitability for NHS patients.

Teaching materials

PowerPoint images, anatomical models, breathing ball, use of props to support patients

Methods of presenting the subject

Whole class teaching, group work, pair work


About the tutor

Paul Fox has been practicing and studying yoga intensively for the past 24 years and is a past Chair of BWY and its Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisation, BWYQ. As a DCT, Paul has trained around 150 people to become BWY yoga teachers, including a group of 18 Women of Colour.

Paul works closely with Heather Mason and is an unpaid Director of the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance. He helped to create the Yoga4Health yoga protocol commissioned by the West London NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered to nearly 300 patients in West London. He also represented BWY during the creation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society.

Paul holds teaching qualifications with BWY, John Scott Yoga and Yoga Sports Science, as well as the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). In 2016 Paul published the yoga novel, Yoga Quest ( He was a BBC journalist on Radio 4 for 23 years.


Martlesham Community Hall
Felixstowe Road
IP12 4PB


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Teaching Yoga to NHS Patients £40.00
Teaching Yoga to NHS Patients IST Day

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