Research and Health Benefits
Yogazeit is a not-for-profit organisation that provides evidence based yoga and mindfulness classes and trainings for vulnerable youth and seniors experiencing mental health challenges.
In strong partnership with other NGO’s, local councils, government agencies, community service providers and universities; we focus on the prevention and management of both psychological and physical health conditions. In particular, people diagnosed with mental illness such as Anxiety, Stress, Depression, PTSD, Eating Disorder, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Globally, approximately 450 million people suffer from mental illness, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting that one in four people will be affected by a mental health condition or a neurological disorder at some point in their lives. In Australia, almost half of adults (aged 18-85 years) will experience mental illness.
Research has shown that early intervention is vital to long-term wellbeing, as over 75% of mental health issues develop before the age of 25.
Yogazeit focuses on providing accessible and research-based yoga and mindfulness programs to promote social connection, prevent and control psychological and physical illness from early childhood, youth and the aged.
Using breath, postures, mindfulness and meditation practices, our work considers ‘at risk’, low socio- economic communities, remote and regional Aboriginal Communities and people with mental, physical, financial or other limitations.
Systematic review and meta-analysis has found that movement-based yoga improves the mental health of people living with depression, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, anxiety, alcohol dependence and bipolar, with the benefits increasing the more yoga they practiced. Yoga practice is widely recognised for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, manage BMI, and improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, resting heart rates, and helping slow the progression of atherosclerosis. Yoga has been the subject of research in the past few decades for therapeutic purposes for modern epidemic diseases such as mental stress, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Individual studies report the beneficial effect of yoga for these conditions. Yoga is effective in prevention as well as management of stress and stress-induced disorders. Yoga/mindfulness activities may facilitate stress management among elementary school students and may be added as a complement to social and emotional learning activities
At Yogazeit, we offer a variety of projects and educational support targeting the following community groups:
- At risk youth
- Low – socioeconomic groups
- Remote and regional Aboriginal communities
- People experiencing or at risk to mental health challenges
- Educators working directly with at risk groups
Our facilitated curriculum and standards have been studied with proven beneficial outcomes by multiple educational institutions including Harvard, Tulane, and Cal State Fullerton. Yogazeit’s evidence-based curriculum also meets Australian PE and Health standards.
We aim to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and social health and wellness of the Young and Young at Heart. Our Educators are skilled in teaching classes that meet specific needs and outcomes while being accessible, fun and engaging.