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Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in Britain’s history, and, perhaps to help pass the time, he has come up with various ways of being controversial.
Over the years he has scoffed at modern buildings – calling a proposed extension to the National Gallery a ‘monstrous carbuncle’. He has confessed to talking to trees, saying he thinks ‘it’s absolutely crucial.’ Controversially, he has also been a campaigner for alternative medicine, which ended with the British Medical Association branding homeopathy, ‘Witchcraft’ – a rather damning indictment.
However, in some of his views, he has also shown that he is a man ahead of his time. He has long been a staunch advocate of conservation, has battled climate change, and set up a successful organic food company, Duchy Originals, well before organic farming was de rigeur.
But recently, he has turned his attentions to yoga, and here, surely, no one will disagree with him (at least no one at YogaLondon will). At a convention hosted by the Yoga in Health Care Alliance* (YIHA), he has stated that the promotion of yoga could help to ease the undoubted pressure on the NHS. In a written address, he said:
“For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives … The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.”
He’s not alone in thinking that prescribing yoga could be of benefit to huge number of people. Yoga has been found to help those suffering with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, back pain, mental health issues as well as those who are lonely and suffer from social isolation. However, the body of research that could be shown to prove that yoga helps is lacking.
Prince Charles added that yoga isn’t just good for the person who does yoga, but if it can ease the burden on the NHS, this will also help others who’s need is more urgent:
“This not only benefits the individual but also conserves precious and expensive health resources for others where and when they are most needed.”
As our bodies age, the things we took for granted when we were younger start to elude us, such as maintaining our balance, muscle strength and tone, being able to tie up your own shoelace, stretch your arms over your head and so on. All these everyday tasks are made accessible through the sustained practice of yoga. This is not to say that yoga is a magic pill that will cure all our ills, but if it can en-able people to be more independent and active, it will surely help to ease the burden on the NHS, just as Prince Charles said.
So in this case, we don’t think HRH is being controversial in any way, in fact, carry on!
*The YIHA is a social enterprise that has been set up to enable the National Health Service to access yoga as a holistic and preventative measure to aid patient health in the UK.
You’ve heard of goat yoga, naked yoga and ‘doga‘ (dog yoga). But, with the ever-rising popularity of yoga, there are even more combinations of yoga with almost anything you can think of. Although I’m a firm believer in the joys of yoga on its own without any other kind of thing thrown in, it cannot be denied that these varied yoga combos sound like they could be INCREDIBLE fun, really interesting, and just a little bit loopy.
So make this February a ‘try-something-new’ kind of month, and check out one (or all) of our top ten weird, wacky and wonderful types of yoga. Me, I’m off to Yoga Disco – just try and stop me! (more…)
Hibernating mammals have got it worked out. Once the golden leaves of Autumn have fallen, they then spend the winter curled up in their cosy cave, re-emerging only when the green shoots of Spring unfurl. Migratory birds do the other sensible thing and migrate to warmer climes – like the swallows to Africa.
What do humans do? Well, the richer ones migrate too, spending six months of the year in their apartment in the South of France. But most of us resort to our usual response, which is to carry on as blooming normal and moan about it. (more…)
-Breaking News – well, not quite breaking, but still pretty hot off the press. For the first time in the great history of England, a member of the royal family has become a qualified yoga teacher! Hoorah!
The member in question is Sam Chatto, the 22-year-old grandson of Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister), and 24th in line to the throne. In a recent Instagram post, the eldest son of Lady Sarah Chatto revealed that he had spent six weeks in India. Part of his time there was spent in Rishikesh, where he undertook an intense 200-hour, four-week teacher training programme, alongside his girlfriend Sophie Pipe. (more…)