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:

  1. Wijkgezondheidscentrum De Vaart in Vilvoorde,
  2. Wijkgezondheidscentrum De Brug in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean 
  3. Maison de Santé ATLAS in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode.

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.

In two out of three healthcare centres, we were asked 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 patient/session in-presence to 2,5 patient/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

Yoga In Healthcare collaborates with four yoga teachers who also have the certification as yoga therapists.

Let’s meet them:

Fabienne De Buysere: Yoga teacher at WGC De Vaart

 Paulette Matkovic: Yoga teacher at WGC De Brug

Odette Aussems & Sabrina Messal: Yoga teachers at MSAtlas

the healthcare centres we collaborate with