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The UN marked the International Day of Yoga (21 June) with an outdoor Yoga session

Taking the recent success of the International Yoga Day a step further, a motion has been submitted to include the practice in NHS and schools, reports Asian Lite news.

An Early Day Motion (EDM) on including yoga in the NHS has been tabled in the parliament today to as part of the celebrations which marked the second International Yoga Day. The early day motion was tabled by Member of Parliament, Bob Blackman and the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Indian Traditional Sciences.

Bob Blackman MP
Bob Blackman MP

The EDM could make UK the first country to fully integrate yoga into healthcare. An EDM is a formal motion for a topic to be debated in the House of Commons and brings attention to the cause. The meeting in the House of Lords on the 27th June to celebrate International Yoga Day addressed the topic of bringing yoga into the NHS. The text also mentions bringing yoga into the PE curriculum in schools.

Following is the text of EDM:

“That this House celebrates the 2nd International Day of Yoga, on 21 June 2016, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015; recognises that yoga is a multi-dimensional approach to encouraging well-being, which appreciates the link between physical and psychological health and lifestyle; appreciates that yoga is a reflective and non-invasive practice, which is appropriate in all stages of life; recommends yoga to be included as part of mindfulness and well-being initiatives for NHS staff and for yoga to be integrated within treatment for patients; and urges the Department for Education to introduce yoga in the school physical education curriculum.”

The UN marked the International Day of Yoga (21 June) with an outdoor Yoga session
The UN marked the International Day of Yoga (21 June) with an outdoor Yoga session

The Minded Institute led by Heather Mason, has actively supported the work of this APPG and has prepared an online petition that enables you to write to your local MP to support the cause of including Yoga in the NHS. The text in the main body of the petition can be modified by adding personal reasons and experiences on why Yoga must be incorporated in the NHS. If yoga were available on the NHS and in school PE, it would enhance wellbeing for so many of us by providing skills and tools that improve and maintain health.

The public can write to their MP by following the link:

https://yoga.good.do/makeyogaavailableonthenhs/tellyourMP/. It also enables to search for your MP through your postcode.

The EDM 215 is available to view here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/215