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Plymouths First Donation Based Yoga Therapy Course

During the months of October and November 2017 a yoga therapy course was run in a Plymouth Community Centre. The results have been hailed a success, attendance overall was 87%. The age range was between 18 and 69.

Initial health complaints included:

  • Arthritis in shoulder/shoulder pain from tear
  • Lower back and lumbar pain
  • Intermittent depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Sciatica
  • Poor Circulation
  • Difficulty sleeping

A symptom assessment scale was completed by all participants and this outlined a main symptom and a scale of 0-10 of the severity of the experience at the beginning of the sessions and then after session 8

Listed below are the average improvements. (10 being the most severe)

Symptom 5th Oct 30th Nov

  • Difficulty Sleeping: 4.6 1.8
  • Lower Back Pain 5 1.6
  • Breathing Problems 4.3 1.1
  • Digestion problems 4.1 1
  • Low Mood 5.5 0.8
  • Headache 4.5 1

Most marked improvements

  • Lower back pain: 9 to 3; 7 to 2; 4 to 1; 9 to 1
  • Breathing problems: 9 to 2; 4 to 0
  • Low mood: 3 to 0, 8 to 1, 10 to 0
  • Digestion problems: 6 to 2
  • Headache: 7 to 2

Individuals reported improvements for individual symptoms

  • Knee pain 9 5
  • Upper back pain 9 4
  • Sciatica 5 1
  • Shoulder pain 8.5 5
  • Fibromyalgia 9 3

Some quotes from attendees:

  • I really loved the pigeon posture. It has really improved my sciatica.
  • Greatly helped with lower back pain
  • Physically I feel much better, the sinus infection has shifted which had been lingering, my general wellbeing has improved.
  • After the class my mood really lifts and I am more positive.
  • I feel very energised after the session.
  • I don’t know what you have done but my back has stopped hurting.
  • An excellent course, yoga therapy works!! Better than and tablets or drugs.
  • The classes have really helped heal back pain and the pain in my knee is clearing too.

On December 12, 2016


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About Jason searing

Jason Searing has recently completed a research dissertation on Yoga and Transformative Education. He has collaborated with The Yoga Institute in Mumbai and KRIPA Foundation, India

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Hotham Place 45, Plymouth