Our research focuses on yoga’s effectiveness in the social care sector, in particular delivering regular chair yoga sessions to residents in UK care homes. A 6-month feasibility study in five Hertfordshire care homes revealed:
Mental health benefits
Including decreases in stress and anxiety, alleviation from depression and improvements in overall sense of wellbeing – feeling more relaxed and positive.
“Gets your mind working on positive things …”
Michael, Care Home Resident
Physical health benefits
Including improvements in strength and balance – better able to perform activities of daily living.
“I have found it has … strengthened my stomach muscles … I have been able to control my movements better.”
Eileen, Care Home Resident
With increases in social contact – doing yoga in a group reduces social isolation.
Working in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, we recently completed a controlled study delivering chair yoga to care home residents with and without dementia. For more information, just get in touch.