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
In 2016 we delivered two successful eight week yoga programs at The Forensic Hospital. The Forensic Hospital provides specialist mental health care for mentally ill patients who have been in contact with the criminal justice system and high risk civil patients. The patient demographic consists of those found not guilty by reason of mental illness, those unfit to plead, mentally disordered offenders or those at risk of offending. The Hospital units cater for adults and young people, both make and female.
This year we are extremely excited that The Yoga Foundation has been engaged to deliver a 34 week program to the forensic patients.