Yoga will cut NHS bill says report


Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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No one knows exactly when yoga began, but it’s old. General thought says it was first performed in Northern Indian around 2500 BCE.

Now in the 21st century yoga is prescribed by GPs as a way to improve strength and relaxation and a report says it could save the NHS millions.


A study from York University claims the NHS could save millions of pounds on pain medication by offering yoga instead.

Publishing in the Medical Journal ‘Spine’ the report says the UK losses 35 million working days a year due to musculoskeletal problems. It suggests yoga can address these problems and save money.

The idea of yoga is that by performing movements that stretch the body whilst deep breathing you build strength and relaxation, which helps with a number of health problems.

Hundreds of studies have looked into the benefits of yoga over the years and almost all say it’s a safe and effective way to increase physical activity and improve strength, flexibility and balance.

Some researchers have linked regular yoga (twice per week) with lowering blood pressure, cutting stress and improving the symptoms of depression.

Anyone can start yoga

The main thing to realise is that anyone can do yoga at any age – even if you have a low level of overall fitness. Ideally you should attend a local class to begin with so mistakes can be corrected, but that’s not essential. Try our five simple yoga moves that are easy to master.

You don’t actually need a yoga mat either but a carpet with some grip is preferable to a hard surface.

Before you begin, make sure you are comfortable and start slow. Never force yourself into a yoga move and if you have any existing medical conditions check with your doctor before you start.

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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