Mental health wards can be challenging environments; The Yoga Foundation has been chosen to deliver yoga to inpatients at two hospitals.
Our evidence based program design, highly experienced yoga teachers (with Mental Health First Aid certification) and skilled project managers enables us to work with people in crisis in hospitals.
Yoga at St Vincent's Hospital
In August 2015 we started the Yoga for Wellbeing program delivering twice weekly yoga classes to patients at the Caritas Inpatient Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and once weekly classes to outpatients at the O’Brien Centre, Sydney. Caritas is a 27 bed unit providing short term inpatient treatment during an acute phase of mental illness. The Yoga Foundation is grateful to Partners in Recovery, Eastern Sydney, for funding the initial 40 week yoga program. A private donor via St Vincent's is now supporting the continuation of this important program.
The goal of this program is to provide participants experiencing significant mental illness with a positive on-ward and post-discharge activity using a tailored yoga program.
Yoga at The Forensic Hospital
Our yoga program at The Forensic Hospital, Sydney started in April 2016. We are the first external yoga service provider to work at this stand-alone high secure mental health facility. The Forensic Hospital provides specialist mental health care for mentally ill patients who have been in contact with the criminal just system and high risk civil patients.