The word yoga means union. When we practice yoga, we experience the union of our body, mind and breath. This creates ease and well-being in the body and mind. Chair yoga offers a more accessible way to enjoy these benefits of the exercise.
This 23-minute gentle lower-body chair exercise class guides you through a relaxing series of movements. St. Louis VA Medical Center’s yoga teacher and Whole Health Coach, Katherine Hillgren, is your guide. Grab a chair, a strap or towel, and give yourself this gift of gentle movement.
Yoga is a form of exercise that has transformed the way many people manage their health and well-being. There are hundreds of styles of yoga, and not all of them require the kind of strength and flexibility that we see on the covers of magazines and on social media. Yoga has been practiced in the west since the early 1900s, and many options and styles make it accessible and appropriate for all bodies, ages, and levels of fitness. Learn more about yoga, and how you can incorporate it into your own life with this Introduction to Yoga for Whole Health: https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/Veteran-Handouts/docs/Yoga-508Final-9-4-2018.pdf
VA conducts and reviews research on yoga and how it can benefit Veterans.
In a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Researcher Dr. Erik J. Groessl and his team from the VA San Diego Healthcare System found that Veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use.
Learn more about how Complementary and Integrative Health approaches like yoga can help you deal with pain.
Andrea Young is a Field Implementation Team Consultant with the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation.