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With gratitude to the National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to pilot a new programme which will help us to develop a new qualification in Yoga for Mental Health Conditions. The classes are free of charge to participants who have submitted the screening form and have been identified as meeting the eligibility requirements.


The aims of the study are to assess the acceptability of a new yoga intervention and the study methods used in this uncontrolled pilot study, to explore the feasibility of running a randomised controlled trial and to estimate the effect of yoga on the anxiety levels and quality of life for participants with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) NHS Overview of GAD

Most of the available courses are based at physical sites in Yorkshire, funded by the Yorkshire branch of the National Lottery Community Fund. One course will be conducted from York as an ONLINE CLASS via Zoom. The courses are taught by qualified teachers/yoga therapists with specialist training and experience in teaching yoga to adults with mental health conditions.


Participants need to be available to attend the first and last session when pre and post intervention questionnaires will be completed with the research team present and at least 6 of the 10 yoga classes on offer during weeks 2-11. In relation to online classes, factors that might make someone unable to participate include no internet access or insufficient space at home to be able to do the physical practices with the webcam/mic 6-8 ft away so that the teacher can see each student's practice in gallery view.

COURSES ON OFFER (see YOGAD Facebook page for more details)

ONLINE VIA ZOOM 19:30-21:00 Wednesdays between 3rd January-20th March. Yoga Therapist: Jane Cluley

BARNSLEY 12:30 -14:00 Thursdays, 4th January-21st March
Mind Body & Spirit Studio at 110 Dodworth Rd S70 6HL Great parking and near a bus stop. Yoga Therapist Michelle Griffiths

ILKLEY 14:30-16:00 Thursdays 4th January-21st March
Ilkley Yoga Centre 32a Leeds Rd LS29 8DS 3 min walk to bus stop or Ilkley station. Yoga Therapist Susie Dennis

BEVERLEY 14:00-15:30 Fridays 5th January-23rd March 2024
St Mary's Church Hall, North Bar Within, Beverley HU17 8DL nr Beverley train station, bus stops, public car parks. Yoga Therapist Sonia Perry

ROTHERHAM 14:00-15:30 Saturdays 6th January-23rd March 2024
The Parish Hall, Well Lane, Whiston S60 4HX Good car park, 3 min to bus stop, 1 mile to Rotherham General Hospital. Yoga Therapist Susan McHale

BRADFORD 14:00-15:30 Tuesdays 9th January-26th March
Bradford Yoga Studio 10 Cutler Heights Ln BD4 9JP On street parking and near a bus stop. Yoga Therapist Susie Dennis

Email BWYQ Chair Laura Bissell to register interest in being a student in any of the free yoga courses above. You will then be sent a participant information sheet and screening form which will help to determine eligibility.

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  • Funded by National Lottery Community Fund
  • Yoga for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (YOGAD)