SESSIONS in HEALTHCARE CENTRES
The collaborations with the Healthcare Centres include:
– Hatha yoga lessons for patients and medical/non-medical personnel;
– Informative sessions about the benefits of Yoga and Yoga Therapy for health;
– Monitoring and evaluation.
Collaborations with healthcare centres
How does it work?
At first, the staff of the healthcare centre identifies the potential beneficiaries of Yoga. Then, YIH organises the classes and provides: trained Yoga teacher, pedagogic support and equipment.
Moreover, we propose Yoga classes to the healthcare staff according to their availability. In this way, they can better understand the practice and foster well-being at work.
All costs are covered by the NPO.
So far, we have been collaborating with three healthcare centres:
pilot project results
From September and December 2020, weekly free hatha yoga sessions were organised for the patients of three healthcare centres in Vilvoorde and Brussels. The profile of the population reached were women between 45 and 64 years old with chronic non-communicable diseases, well suited to benefit from the therapeutic approach of the type of yoga offered. Since no men participated to the yoga sessions, scenarios will be considered to foster their inclusion.
The evaluation is based upon a comparaison of the quantitative and qualitative data. Here, some results:
– 79 sessions organised for the patients and 22 for medical/non-medical personnel;
– 44 different patients practiced yoga, of which 37% attended 5 sessions or more.
Two out of three healthcare centres asked us to organise free hatha yoga sessions for medical/non-medical personnel. Although this population was not the original target, giving support in demanding times fitted the purpose of the project and raised awareness about yoga amongst key personnel.
Difficulties arose when lessons shifted online, to comply with governmental rules. The attendance decreased and maintaining the same teaching quality was difficult: the participation rate dropped from an average of 4 patients/session in-presence to 2,5 patients/sessions online.
Among the triggers that discouraged the participation, the followings can be mentioned:
– lack of the energy of the group;
– no physical interaction with the teacher;
– intrusion of the camera in the household;
– digital divide.
Covid-19 restrictions prevented the smooth running of the activities related to research and training. Therefore, a survey and informative sessions to the personnel will be scheduled in 2021.
MEET OUR YOGA TEACHERS
For over 20 years, my personal yoga practice has been what keeps me healthy, energised to move forward and feeling connected to the world. After training as a sociologist interested in non-verbal communication, and a stint in contemporary dance, I trained as a yoga teacher and then in yoga therapy. I am currently training in Somatic Experiencing, an approach based on polyvagal theory for the management of trauma and deep stress.
Since 2020, I have been teaching at the De Brug medical centre, a project funded by YIH. The classes take place once a week and allow the participants to experience the effects of yoga on their well-being and health through a gentle practice, respecting the limits of each individual.
In my consultations and classes, I see how a regular yoga practice improves the quality of life of each individual, bringing both peace and energy. Unfortunately, this is not yet affordable for everyone. Integrating yoga and yogatherapy into the health care system and working with the medical community will make these practices more accessible and contribute to a more holistic approach to health, focused on the individual.