Edinburgh Community Yoga is a not-for-profit social enterprise whose objective is to make yoga and its many potential physical, mental and social benefits more accessible to those who may benefit the most. ECY aim to minimise the financial, attitudinal and accessibility barriers that may prevent someone from attending a public yoga class.
As a way of continuing our mission to make our classes as diverse, inclusive and far reaching as possible we continue to work on developing social prescribing programmes. We work with GP practices and local agencies to offer (by referral) onsite yoga for specific issues, in areas of social and economic deprivation and access to our heavily subsidised public class programme.
Information for Healthcare and Third Sector Staff
Are there any particular patients who may benefit from yoga?
- Evidence suggests yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, strength, flexibility and balance.
- NHS Physical Activity Guidelines for adults advise two sessions of strengthening exercises per week. Yoga is one way by which people could achieve this.
- Yoga is also a type of mindfulness practice and can be a valuable adjunct in the management of mental health problems.
- A regular yoga class can also help foster a sense of community engagement to help tackle the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness.
- Current NICE guidelines for lower back pain and sciatica suggest recommending stretching and strengthening exercises such as yoga as the main component of non-pharmacological treatment.
- Current findings increasingly support yoga and mindfulness as promising complimentary therapies for treating and preventing addictive behaviors.
Which classes can I refer patients to?
We accept referrals for all the the classes listed below. Please select the most appropriate class for your client or patient by reading the class description and noting the geographical area of the class venue.
|Class Name||Description||Day/Time||Venue||Funder||Attendee Information (please click)||Referrer Information (please click)|
|Gentle Yoga & Relaxation (Mat Based)||This accessible class is open to beginners but does require you to be able to make it up and down to the floor unaided. The class is made up of gentle movements, yoga poses, and breathing practices designed to support your mental and physical health and to lift your mood.||Mondays, 1.15-2.15pm||Space to Be, 1st Floor, Gyle Shopping Centre, 101 Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9JY||The Community Grants Fund (CGF) - Western Neighbourhood Network||Yoga for Health|
|Yoga for Health (Mat Based)||This accessible class is open to beginners but does require you to be able to make it up and down to the floor unaided. The class is made up of gentle movements, yoga poses, and breathing practices designed to support your mental and physical health and to lift your mood.||Mondays, 4-5.15pm||The Thistle Foundation|
Centre of Wellbeing 13 Queen's Walk
Edinburgh, EH16 4EA
|The Community Grants Fund (CGF) - Portobello / Craigmillar||Yoga for Health|
|Gentle Yoga: Mindfulness and Movement ( Mat Based) Yoga||A collaboration between Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust and Edinburgh Community Yoga. This trauma informed yoga class is open to all.||Mondays, 5.45-6.45pm||The Crannie Community Hub, 9 Cranston Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BE||Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust|
|Yoga and Meditation (Mat Based Yoga)||For people in recovery from substance misuse and addiction. Suitable for absolute beginners but must be able to get up and down from the floor unaided. Optional time for refreshments and chat at the end||Wednesdays at 1.00-2.30pm,||The Community Wellbeing Space, Westside Plaza, Wester, Hailes Road, EH14 2SW||Scottish Government Drugs Missions Local Support Fund||What to Expect Mat||Referrer Information|
|Yoga for Health (Chair Based)||This class might be good for you if you have chronic pain, are feeling a bit down or if you just want to get out and move a bit more. Chair yoga offers you the chance to gain all the benefits a regular yoga practice offers without compromising your health by overdoing it in any way. This class includes time for a cup of tea and chat at the end.||Thursdays, 11-12.15pm||The Bothy|
92 Niddrie Mains Road, Craigmillar
Edinburgh, EH16 4DT
|The Community Grants Fund (CGF)||Yoga for Health|
|Block 5 | Move, Relax, Chat (Chair Based Yoga)||This 12 week chair based programme is funded by EVOC Community Mental Wellbeing Fund and in line with NHS Scotland Realistic Medicine. See flyer for full details||Thursdays, 2-3.30pm. Commences Thursday 9th November 2023||Craigmillar Medical Group 106 Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4DT||EVOC Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund||Referrer Information|
|Yoga and Meditation (Chair Based Yoga)||For people in recovery from substance misuse and addiction. Suitable for absolute beginners, people with limited mobility / comorbid health conditions or able bodied people who want to take it gently. Optional time for refreshments and chat at the end||Fridays 10.30-11.45||The Health Agency (Green reception) at the Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, Edinburgh, EH14 3JF||Scottish Government Drugs Missions Local Support Fund||What to Expect Chair||Referrer Information|
How do I make a referral?
Please submit the information on the form below and we will take it from there. Once sent, you should see the message below. Please note, if you do not see the message, the form has not been sent.
Information for the referee
Once the form has been sent, you can inform your service user that someone from ECY will be in touch ASAP to arrange class details and attendance. Information on what to expect for the referee can be found below. Where possible, please download and print a copy of the information sheet below for the referee to take away.
TO MAKE A REFERRAL PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW
If the form will not send.
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If neither of those are an option, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will request the required information that way.