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Individualised Yoga Intervention | Its Role & Potential in Public Health
Wed 22 March 2017, 17:45 – 20:30 GMT
In this International convention, we will explore yoga’s role in public and community health and it’s potential in promoting disease prevention, good physical and mental health of individuals and communities. Presenters will explore yoga in medical and academic settings, present seminal works, advances, accomplishments and discuss transformational elements of yoga in practice, therapy and research. Complementary snacks provided before the event starts.The event has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.
-After the session, participants will be able to describe the current state of the research evidence on yoga in several long-term conditions including anxiety, depression and low back pain.
-After the session, participants will be able to distinguish the complementary and patient centred role of Individualised Yoga Intervention compared to group yoga classes in management of Long Term Conditions. They would also be able to identify its role at the primary and secondary interface as for social prescribing which fits with the objectives of NHS Forward View and "house of care" objectives.
-After the session, participant will be able to describe Stress Related Bio-makers and their role in long term conditions.
Key Note Speakers:
Dr Kausthub Desikachar is the co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation and a senior yoga therapist . Dr Kausthub Desikachar have been studying yoga since he was 9 years old under the guidance of his teacher and father TKV Desikachar and started teaching at the age of 13. Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is currently an advisor to the Korean Yoga Alliance, Pranamanasyoga (a Yoga Therapy School in Spain), Be Yoga Norway and also the Yoga Therapy Advisor to Platinum Hospital, Mumbai. He is also an Adjunct Faculty for Yoga Therapy at Council For Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER) at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. He is also in the Editorial Board of Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy, a newly initiated peer-reviewed open access journal based in the USA, with an aim to develop a platform for innovative researchers working in the areas of Yoga and Physical Therapy. In the past, he has also been an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists and also a Patron to the British Wheel of Yoga. He has also authored and co-authored numerous books on yoga, such as "The Heart of Asana: A comprehensive manual on Classical Yoga Postures” and a biography on his grandfather, the great yoga acharya T. Krishnamacharya, called "The Yoga of the Yogi".
His aim to share the authentic teachings of Yoga to the modern era, as well as building bridges between different healing modalities to promote physical, emotional social and spiritual health.
Dr Karen Pilkington is Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (previously Senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster). She joined University of Westminster as project manager for a 4-year Department of Health funded project to identify and review the evidence on complementary therapies in a range of conditions. This resulted in a series of publications and an online database, with a subset of papers forming the basis of a PhD by publication. The work from this project contributed to the development of the National electronic Library for Complementary and Alternative Medicine which subsequently became part of the NHS Evidence service. Subsequently, her research has focused on the presentation, evaluation and interpretation of research evidence; conducting systematic reviews; reporting of safety in healthcare. Her specialist areas of interest are anxiety and depression, cancer, chronic conditions, complementary therapies and self-care interventions. Current projects include a survey of yoga practice in the UK and several reviews including a Cochrane review of yoga in low back pain.
Dr C Bernard Colaço is an experienced Rheumatologist with a strong research base in the immunopathology of Rheumatic Diseases. He conducted and published the initial studies in Anti-Phospholipid antibodies at Hammersmith Hospital and Middlesex Hospital in the early 1980’s leading to a massive interest in international research in SLE and APLS, with all the basic principles covered in his pivotal studies. He has also undertaken family studies in the immunogenetics of Rheumatoid disease. He has championed patient involvement in care throughout his career and established a Patient Led Self Help Group in 1998, which is leading in Patient Public Participation and Collaborative Research. He has undertaken Patient led surveys and audits and is promoting Yoga Therapy as a means to reduce medication and medical intervention at a local health service level, with plans for RCT trials in yoga for low back pain. He is also the Academic Patron for the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation.
Vidhi Sohdi is founder of mi-yogaḥ; senior and experienced Yoga Therapist; Hon Research assistant at the Central Middlesex Hospital conducting yoga therapy research; and In-Service Tutor for BWY. She is an established and published writer for Diabetes Update, Om magazine, Holistic Therapist magazine, The Times of Malta on topics of yoga therapy such as yoga and anxiety, yoga and rheumatic conditions, yoga and back pain. She works alongside consultants and GP’s across West London delivering yoga therapy to patients to complement patient care. She was selected as a featured registrant for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, a government supported organisation and approved register of complementary therapist accredited by Professionals Standard Authority of health and social care; for her work with the NHS on patient and public engagement. She has also conducted yoga research with University of Westminster to study effects of yoga therapy on quality of life and has initiated research collaborations with Imperial College’s Department of Public Health to study effects of yoga therapy on back pain and also with London North West Hospital Trust to study effects on rheumatoid arthritis. She is regularly invited to offer workshops to yoga teacher trainees and other yoga teachers. She runs her private yoga therapy clinic from Evolve Wellness Centre, South Kensington, Neals Yard remedies, Richmond and mi-yogaḥ clinic in Ealing.