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Wheelchair Yoga Offered in Hospital Setting

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 26, 2011

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago is offering a wheelchair yoga program for hospitalized patients. Psychologist and certified yoga instructor Susan Walsh, PsyD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, supervises the 1-hour program, which is offered twice a week at the hospital in a conference room. Class includes a series of modified yoga postures, breathing and guided imagery exercises. The purpose of the class is to enhance posture, alignment, coordination, mobility, psychological health and an overall sense of well-being.

“I have seen firsthand how yoga facilitates recovery, which allows us to better manage the potentially debilitating side effects of various medical conditions.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at