Prince Charles urges medics to use therapeutic YOGA to ease pressure on the NHS as top health chief pledges to fund classes
- Prince Charles said more people taking yoga classes could save NHS resources
- The Prince of Wales has long advocated alternative medicines and therapies
- He said yoga classes had ‘tremendous social benefits’ and built discipline
The Prince of Wales, who has long advocated alternative medicines and therapies, said in a written address to the Yoga In Healthcare conference, which took place in London at the weekend: ‘For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives. The development of therapeutic yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.
‘This not only benefits the individual, but also conserves precious and expensive health resources for others.’
The Prince of Wales has long advocated alternative medicines and therapies
The Prince said: ‘For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives’ (stock image)
The Prince said classes had ‘tremendous social benefits’ and helped build ‘discipline, self-reliance and self-care’, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He added that he was ‘delighted’ to find the conference was examining the benefits of yoga, and he would be watching the development of therapeutic yoga in the UK with ‘great interest’.
The NHS website already suggests yoga is ‘beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress’.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said some of the additional funding pledged under the NHS Long Term Plan – announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock last month – would be spent on yoga classes.