ACTiON PLAN

Yoga In Healthcare:
objectives
horizons
actions

OBJECTIVES

  1. OBTAIN THE RECOGNITION of Yoga therapists and Yoga teachers, with advanced knowledge of yoga for health conditions, as PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONALS from the Belgian health system.
  2. GET THE RECOGNITION of Yoga and Yoga therapy as COMPLEMENTARY PREVENTATIVE AND CURATIVE SCIENCES in Belgium.
  3. DEVELOP A MODEL for the DELIVERY of Yoga and Yoga Therapy THROUGH EXISTING HEALTH INSTITUTIONS and reimbursement systems in Belgium.

Three horizons

YIH has established three horizons for its action plan:

HORIZON 1 - by 2023

HORIZON 2 - by 2026

HORIZON 3 - by 2030

Provide free Hatha Yoga in Health Centres (HC)

Deliver free individual sessions of yoga therapy prescribed by the GPs in the HC

Familiarise health professionals about Yoga/Yoga Therapy

Inform and train Yoga teachers on evidence based yoga for health

Monitoring of on-going activities

Perform research on the projects through partnerships with academic institutions (QT/QL data)

Publish on peer-reviewed journals dissemination

Create a community of stakeholders with a shared en action plan

Establish a model of integrative healthcare for the recognition of Yoga/Yoga Therapy

Lobby/Advocacy for the integration of yoga/yoga therapy in the healthcare system

ONGOING actions

Classes in HC

We organise classes of Yoga and Yoga Therapy in Health Centres providing a certified Yoga teachers. Meanwhile, the healthcare centres identifie potential beneficiaries. In addition, YIH organises a few sessions for medical and paramedical staff.

Sharing Evidence

There is a growing body of evidence on the positive effects of Yoga for physical and mental health. For this reason, YIH aims to disseminate such evidence through different channels. Firstly, an online repository of scientific publications. Secondly, information and links about Yoga and healthcare on our Facebook page. Thirdly, information sessions about Yoga and Yoga Therapy for health.

Scientific Research

YIH’s ambition is to build partnerships with academic research teams. Our goal is to describe the existing models of Yoga integration in the healthcare setting and to document their feasibility and efficacy. Furthermore, we are willing to develop adapted models of Yoga and Yoga Therapy to the Belgian healthcare system

Integrate yoga in healthcare

We plan to create a stakeholders network, including healthcare centres, Yoga therapists and academics. The objective thereof is building a national platform for the recognition, promotion and integration of Yoga and Yoga Therapy in the Belgian healthcare system.