Yoga in Society APPG

First Registered: 26/04/2018 • Last updated on: 17/11/2021

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To support wellbeing across the UK by disseminating the benefits of yoga through a biomedical lens. The APPG is focused on designing constructive ways to integrate yoga into schools, healthcare, occupational health, and criminal justice, and within Parliament by endeavouring to offer free classes to all who work there.

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Recent Documents related to Yoga in Society

1. 6th International Yoga Day
16/06/2020 - Early Day Motions

Found: this House celebrates the 6th International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2020, first adopted by the UN General

2. 7th International Yoga Day
24/05/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: this House celebrates the 7th International Day of Yoga, on 21 June 2021, first adopted by the UN General

10/06/2019 - Early Day Motions

Found: That this House celebrates the 5th International Yoga Day on 20 June 2019, first adopted by the UN General

4. Reverse the decision to prevent yoga studios opening throughout tier 3.
26/11/2020 - Petitions

Found: separate review for yoga studios to be removed from the class exemption category. Yoga is a spiritual practice

5. Remove the categorisation of yoga as "sport" under government guidelines
02/12/2020 - Petitions

Found: Remove the categorisation of yoga as 'sport/fitness' and permit yoga as a therapeutic and healthy activity

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Yoga in Society

1. Childhood Obesity: Yoga
21/06/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: largest NGO in India, the Kripa Foundation, uses yoga as a means of attracting young drug addicts, drunks - Speech Link
2: India as a teacher. The school I taught in practised yoga with its children and it seemed to have a calming - Speech Link
3: International Yoga Day, on which we are about to launch the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society. As - Speech Link

2. Yoga
21/03/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days a week, and yoga is one of many activities recommended in their report - Speech Link
2: noble Earl just said, I am sure he will agree that yoga helps people with mental health problems and back - Speech Link
3: In light of that, does my noble friend agree that yoga should now be made obligatory for Members of the - Speech Link

3. Well-being
12/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: we reconsider how we evaluate our success as a society and how decisions are made about how public money - Speech Link
2: providing an additional means to assess the state of society. I believe that had those existed in 2010, the - Speech Link
3: bearing the brunt of increasing imbalances in society, of the ever-growing pressure of the obsession - Speech Link

4. Napier Barracks Asylum Accommodation
10/06/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: are available and scheduled activities now include yoga, English conversation and art. There is a nurse - Speech Link
2: of Napier barracks sounds like a propaganda film—yoga, three meals a day, regular cleaning. However, in - Speech Link
3: do with an outside toilet and no access to free yoga lessons. He then went on to work for 40 years down - Speech Link

5. Public Health: Strength and Balance Programme
18/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: declare my interest as president of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. There is evidence that every - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Yoga in Society
1. Yoga
asked by: Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
... or representatives of yoga practitioners; and what action they are taking as a result of those meetings.

2. Coronavirus: Yoga
asked by: Hilary Benn
... what assessment he has made of the risk of transmission of covid-19 in yoga classes; and if he will make a statement.

3. Yoga: Coronavirus
asked by: Sarah Olney
... whether meditation and yoga classes are defined as exercise and education under the rule of six covid-19 regulations.

4. Yoga: Curriculum
asked by: Faisal Rashid
... if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making yoga available as part of the school curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

5. Social Prescribing: Yoga
asked by: Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how yoga practitioners will be represented in the National Academy for Social Prescribing.

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5 Current APPG Officers
Jonathan Lord Portrait
Jonathan Lord
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Woking
Joined: 26th April 2018
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe Portrait
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 26th April 2018
Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill Portrait
Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 26th April 2018
Adam Holloway Portrait
Adam Holloway
Conservative - Gravesham
Joined: 6th October 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mr Jonathan Lord MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 6913.


Public Enquiry Point:

Heather Mason, Yoga in Healthcare Alliance, 5a Ashurst Gardens, London SW2 3UH . Tel: 07988 821 323


Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
22 Mar 2019
Yoga in Society
Secretariat   From : 22/03/2019 To : 21/03/2020
22 Mar 2018
Yoga Health Care Alliance
Secretariat   From : 22/03/2018 To : 21/03/2019

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Yoga in Society APPG

Former APPG Officers
Lord Stone of Blackheath Portrait
Lord Stone of Blackheath
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Egypt , Olympic and Paralympic Games
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Vice Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 27th March 2019
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