SOCIAL PRESCRIBING

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 social prescribing programmes. This includes accessible prices for inclusive classes at the studio and also working with GP practices to offer onsite population specific yoga.

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.

Which classes can I refer patients to?

Class NameDescriptionDay/TimeVenue
Chair YogaThis class is suitable for anyone! Including people with long term health conditions, those living with chronic pain and also mental health disorders. 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. Each session includes gentle stretching, strengthening and balancing poses as well as meditation, breathing techniques and deep relaxationWednesdays, 2-3pmOnline
Women's Trauma Informed YogaThis class, specifically for women aims to create a relaxed and safe environment where you can learn yoga. It is perfect as a follow on from one of our outreach projects or if you are curious about yoga but not sure it is for you. The class will encourage you to bring awareness to the present moment by noticing sensation in the body and breath in a way that feels acceptable to you.Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pmOnline
Women's Trauma Informed YogaThis class, specifically for women aims to create a relaxed and safe environment where you can learn yoga. It is perfect as a follow on from one of our outreach projects or if you are curious about yoga but not sure it is for you. The class will encourage you to bring awareness to the present moment by noticing sensation in the body and breath in a way that feels acceptable to you.Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pmBeetroot Savauge, 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace EH9 1SX
Block 1 | Move, Relax, Chat Chair BasedThis 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 TBCCraigmillar Medical Group 106 Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4DT
Block 2 | Move, Relax, Chat Chair BasedThis 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 TBCCraigmillar Medical Group 106 Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4DT
Block 3 | Move, Relax, Chat Chair BasedThis 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 TBCCraigmillar Medical Group 106 Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4DT

Where can I find the criteria for 12 week chair based programme funded by EVOC Community Mental Wellbeing Fund?

Please click Move, Relax, Chat for full details.

How do I make a referral?

Please submit the information on the form below.

    Please contact us if you have any queries.

    Please inform the client that someone from ECY will be in touch ASAP to arrange class details and attendance