Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yoga Should Be on NHS, Says Doctor ; Ancient Form of Exercise'has Potential to Improve Everyone's Mental and Physical Health'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yoga Should Be on NHS, Says Doctor ; Ancient Form of Exercise'has Potential to Improve Everyone's Mental and Physical Health'

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AMANCHESTER GP is calling on the NHS to prescribe a different kind of treatment to patients... YOGA.

Dr Matt Joslin has written an open letter asking for the ancient form of exercise to be prescribed to patients on the NHS.He claims yoga has the potential to improve almost all aspects of mental and physical fitness.

He said: "Every day in my job as a GP I think of the potential of yoga.

"Yoga could have a positive impact on almost every health related situation that comes into my consulting room.

"It comes up in discussions about weight loss, anxiety, back pain and depression, pregnancy, cancer, cardiovascular health and ageing.

"The more I consider the role yoga has for an individual person coping with a particular health concern, the more I see the potential for yoga to become a public health intervention that could bolster the health of the nation."

The dad-of-two from Didsbury became a yoga fanatic after trying it 15 years ago to help with his bad back.

It also helped him cope with a serious bout of depression, which almost led to him quitting the medical profession for good. …

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