Medical Yoga

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Sep 5 2013
  • Wellness Class and Support Services
  • Sep 5, 2013, 1:00 PM-5:15 PM
  • UC Health Physicians Office South, 7675 Wellness Way, West Chester

The goal of UC Health Integrative Medicine is to help the whole person achieve overall wellness. UC Health Integrative Medicine Yoga Therapy is different than local yoga studios. Our yoga therapists are trained in working with medical conditions such as recovery from surgery, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression/anxiety. Our classes are ideal for those interested in adding yoga into their wellness plan regardless of age or fitness level.

Medical Yoga Classes are held weekly on Thursdays from 1 – 5:15 p.m. Classes are located in the UC Health Physicians Office South, 4th Floor. Your instructor is Geraldine Wu, MD.

Our classes are by appointment only. Please contact us at (513) 475-9567 to schedule.

*Please note: Due to the personalized nature of condition-specific yoga classes, a 30-minute assessment is required with the MD Yoga Therapist before joining Yoga for Chronic Pain or Yoga for Depression. Assessment may be scheduled on the day of your first class or the week prior. The cost is included in the fee for the 6-week series.

Condition-Focused Yoga Classes

Yoga for Chronic Pain (1 – 2:15 p.m.)

Taught by a physician with expertise in yoga therapy, this six week series of 75 minute classes is designed for those who suffer from chronic pain caused by various conditions including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, and chronic failed backs. A 30 minute functional evaluation by a physician will be performed and includes a hands-on physical examination, and an overview of the patient’s medical, psychiatric and psychosocial history. Standardized validated questionnaires are used at the beginning and at the end of the series to track progress.

The specifics of the classes will depend on the mixture of the patients who are attending particular series. With failed backs, or osteoarthritis patients, the focus will be on building abdominal and back muscles, joint free series and relaxation and stretching of antagonistic muscles. With fibromyalgia, the focus will be relaxation response, stretching and some strength building. Each class will incorporate an element of meditation.

Patients can expect to learn to manage their medical or post-surgical condition more effectively, using self-care, relaxation response, having a strong body over all. Many students choose to repeat this class series and/or elect private sessions with the instructor.

Yoga for Depression (2:30 – 3:45 p.m.)

Taught by a physician with expertise in yoga therapy, this class is designed for patients who have had an incomplete response to antidepressant treatment, are not able to take antidepressants due to intolerance or other medical contraindication and for those who choose not to take medications.

A 30 minute functional evaluation by a physician will be performed, including a hands-on physical examination, and an overview of the patient’s medical, psychiatric and psychosocial history. Standardized validated questionnaires are used at the beginning and at the end of the series to track progress.

Classes are divided into two sections. The first three classes will focus on postures which release the emotional pain held within the body, either through the current episode of depression or old emotional pain carried from a remote past. The second half of the classes will focus on active postures which patients can engage in battling their depression through self-care. Each class will incorporate 15 minutes of meditation.

Patients can expect to learn the basic series of postures frequently used to battling depressive disorder. They will know how to employ self-care techniques such as relaxation response, body scanning and breath work to enhance their sense of well being.

This class series can be repeated several times until the student feels the confidence to move on to their own practice. Many students do choose to have individual private classes with the instructor.

Yoga for Beginners (4 – 5:15 p.m.)

  • Proper physical alignment for optimal health and energy with the cultivation of proper form and body awareness for a safe and effective foundation.
  • Finding respite from the challenges of life through meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing), and live music for relaxation where appropriate.
  • Cultivating self-acceptance, inner peace and a light heart.

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