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Wheelchair Yoga Offered in Hospital Setting

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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.

For more information about the program and to view a video, go to http://loyolahealth.org/aboutus/newswire/wheelchair-yoga-speeds-healing-patients.

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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