Learn to Teach the 10-week Yoga4Health Programme

2020 Dates:

Online 22-26 June via Zoom

London 1-4th October 2020

Times: 9am – 5pm (10am – 6pm London) 3/4pm finish Sunday
Cost: £500 (online course discounted to £300 for teachers affected economically by Coronavirus)

The Yoga In Healthcare Alliance is pleased to be able to offer yoga teachers the opportunity to undertake a 4 or 5-day training programme to train deliver the Yoga4Health 10-week social prescribing programme all over the UK. This programme was originally commissioned by the NHS in West London and is believed to be the only NHS-commissioned social prescribing yoga intervention in the UK.

YIHA was commissioned by the West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to design a 10-week course for people at risk of developing chronic health problems as a way to support behaviour change, self-care and reduced social isolation. Designed by expert yoga teachers and yoga therapists, the programme is already proving extremely successful and we are offering an opportunity for yoga teachers holding a 500 hour teaching qualification or equivalent and who have been teaching with modifications for at least three years to learn to deliver the protocol and bring it to the NHS in their area as part of social prescribing.

The programme is targeted at patients who are at risk of cardio-vascular disease with a Q score of 10; who are pre-diabetic (Type 2); who are suffering from stress, or mild-to-moderate depression/anxiety; and those suffering from social isolation.

Yoga teachers who enroll on the YIHA Ten Week Yoga Intervention Training Programme will:


Learn to teach the evidence-based class protocol, its methodology and reasoning


Understand all elements of the protocol, including psycho-education talks, asana and pranayama, relaxation and group discussion


Understand best practice for working with the NHS


Learn how to liaise with NHS staff and Patient Champions to establish Yoga4Health programmes your NHS area


Understand all the policies and procedures involved in delivering yoga classes to NHS patients

In addition, trained teachers will become part of the YIHA community of teachers and play a leading and pioneering role in bringing yoga into the NHS as an effective self-care intervention to promote health and well-being among patients – and to reduce the burden placed on NHS resources.