The Prince of Wales has said yoga could help save “precious and expensive” NHS resources because of its effectiveness as a tool for “health and healing”.
The Prince, who is known to be a firm believer in the power of alternative medicine, said the ancient practice of yoga had “proven beneficial effects on both body and mind”.
His statement came as one of England’s top health chiefs promised to ensure more government funding for yoga classes, reiterating the Prince’s message that the activity was proven to help health and well-being.
In a written address to the Yoga in Healthcare conference, the Prince said: “For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives … The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.
“This not only benefits the individual, but also conserves precious and expensive health resources for others where and when they are most needed.”