about us

YIH is an NPO established in Brussels in 2018.
Our mission is to promote Yoga & Yoga Therapy in the healthcare setting.
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Mission Statement

Social Innovation

We strongly believe that positive practices, supported by evidence, should be translated into policies in order to foster social innovation.

A Belgian Model

The vision of Yoga in Healthcare (YIH) is to create a relevant model for an integrative health system in Belgium. By means of making Yoga more accessible, we commit to promote health and well-being.

A Wideworld Network

YIH is inspired by initiatives such as The Minded Institute, that work hands in hands with the UK National Health Service through the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance.
Many initiatives are taking place around the world to foster the integration of Yoga in the healthcare setting, each model adapting to the specific social, medical and cultural context and representing an example for other initiatives.

Yoga In Healthcare to foster self-care

Cause of death - worldwide
Non-communicable diseases 70%

Non-communicable diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths worldwide. They are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in Europe. This epidemic is mainly related to life-style habits. Therefore, we believe that the healthcare systems should reinforce patients’ self-care and healing capacity. In other words, we think they would profit from embedded complementary therapeutic approaches, such as Yoga. In fact, we are certainly convinced that Yoga is a particularly relevant practice and here is why.

1 Source : WHO

About the benefits of Yoga in Health

A mind and body practice

Yoga is a mind-body practice based on physical postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation. Together these techniques promote well-being by reducing the negative effects of physical and mental stress. Yoga increases individual awareness and consciousness, hence empowering people to establish more positive attitudes and lifestyles.

Research

Additional research is needed to demonstrate the efficacy of Yoga as a complementary preventive and curative treatment. Nonetheless, evidence already shows that a regular Yoga practice: 

reduces back pain conditions

Reduces disability and pain of non-specific low back pain conditions;

reduces cardiovascular risk

Reduces cardiovascular risk factors: overweight, smoking, hypertension and type 2 diabetes indexes;

lessens depressions

Lessens depressions and regulates emotions in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder;

better sleep

Correlates with better sleep, improved body awareness and greater happiness;

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