Yoga is a mind/body/spirit discipline with its roots in Ancient India. The word yoga translates from Sanskrit as “Union” and can be thought of as a means of connecting us to our deepest selves, our community, the planet, and our spiritual lives (in whatever form that takes for you!). While most people think of yoga as a series of stretches or physical postures, the full practice of yoga also includes lifestyle, breathing practices, and meditation. When applied to health and wellbeing, there are countless ways that this ancient practice can help us reconnect and heal our mind, body, and spirit.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health asserts that the practice of yoga is potentially beneficial for the following:
- Stress Management
- Mental/emotional health and wellbeing
- Promoting healthy eating and weight loss
- Improved sleep
- Improve balance and decreased fall risk
- Lower back, neck, and headache pain
- Chronic pain or disease management
- Knee arthritis
- Smoking cessation
- Improving symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Managing menopause symptoms
- Stress relief and mental health during pregnancy
- Stress management and mental health support for children
Here at Hennepin Healthcare, we have a thriving Therapeutic Yoga program that includes:
- One-on-one therapeutic yoga or yoga therapy sessions with our Integrative Physical Therapy Team
- Therapeutic yoga classes for people living with or in recovery from cancer
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga at our Redleaf Maternal Mental Health Center
- Several providers with yoga teacher training and experience, including those in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, acupuncture, chiropractic, and chronic pain management.
- Trauma-Informed Yoga for Pregnant People and Parents, YouTube
- Yoga for Cancer Care, YouTube
For more information on our therapeutic yoga program, please contact the Program Manager for the Division of Integrative Health.