Yoga and Tai Chi Classes
With your doctor’s approval, exercise can be a great tool for dealing with lupus symptoms. Sometimes, however, traditional exercises—such as an aerobics class or weight training—can be difficult while dealing with swollen joints and fatigue. “Yoga, tai chi, and Pilates can be very useful for those with lupus,” says Stacy Ardoin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Ohio State University. “I recommend exercise to all my patients at the lupus clinic, and yoga, tai chi, and Pilates can promote stress reduction, flexibility, and endurance. Read the article, "Benefits-of-Yoga-Tai-Chi-and-Pilates" on the National Resource Center on Lupus.
We are very excited to be able to offer free gentle yoga and tai chi classes for people with lupus and one caregiver or support person. This is seated/chair-supported yoga and tai chi. Attendees wanting to add more intensity to their yoga sessions are welcome to bring a yoga mat to do some of their exercises on the floor. Watch video clips of yoga instructor Pam Glenn and office manager Lisa Kelly at a recent class: https://www.facebook.com/IndianaLFA/videos/10154016307996065/ and tai chi instructor Bonniee Sweeney demonstrating some moves: https://www.facebook.com/IndianaLFA/videos/10154196118606065/.
Yoga class: 1st Tuesday of month*
Tai chi class: 4th Wednesday of month**
*May and June yoga classes will be held on 3rd Tuesday, May 15th and June 19th
**Tai chi class will not be held in May
IU North Hospital (directions)
11700 N. Meridian St., Carmel—Learning Center A&B
Enter any of the 3 main entrances: North/South and West. Learning Centers are right beside the Welcome Desk, which is centrally located in the center of the hospital.
COST IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION FOR FIRST CLASS IS REQUIRED. After initial registration, the classes are drop-in. In case of inclement weather, check our Chapter Facebook page.
These classes are open to people with lupus and one caregiver or support person. You must be 16 or older to participate and if you are under the age of 18, written parental consent is required. Please:
- Check with your doctor prior to starting this or any other exercise program.
- Arrive at least 5 minutes before class which begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
- Do not bring children to class.
Medical professionals and nursing students wishing to see first hand the benefits of yoga and tai chi are invited to participate as a one-time guest. Please contact the office at 317.225.4400 or email Debbie Campbell for approval and a guest registration/waiver form.
We hope to grow this program and offer in other areas of the state in the future. If you teach yoga or tai chi and would be interested in partnering with us to bring classes to other locations, please contact Debbie Campbell.
OUR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS:
Pam Glenn (Yoga) - Pam’s yoga journey began in the late 1990s when she started practicing yoga to relieve stress. Her yogic journey continued in 2003 as she completed All People Yoga Center’s Hatha Yoga teacher’s certification program. Pam is a certified and Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teacher at the 200 level. During her yogic journey, Pam has practiced and taught several different styles of yoga including Bikram, Hot Vinyasa, advanced and intermediate Vinyasa and Restorative. Her yoga passion is rooted in the Iyengar style, which she has studied since 2003. Iyengar focuses on proper alignment of the body in yoga postures. Pam has studied with internationally known Iyengar teacher Lois Steinberg. Pam has also studied with Iyengar teachers Jyoti Hansa, Aaron Fleming, Steve Jacobson, Arun, and Kofi Busia. Pam has taught Yoga in both corporate and studio settings.
Bonnie Sweeney (Tai Chi) - Bonnie is a licensed occupational therapist with 50+ years of experience. Bonnie's interest in alternative forms of medicine for pain and stress reduction began with training in transcendental meditation. Integrating meditation in her clinical treatments enhanced individual wellness goals. While visiting her daughter in China in 2003, she was invited to participate in a daily tai chi session in a nearby park. Not only was the experience energizing with its slow rhythmic motions but also very meditative. Desiring to add this to her treatment modalities, she had her initial training in 2005 in the Sun style. The Sun style's movements are described as flowing smoothly like water in a river. In 2009 she was certified with Paul Lam's Arthritis Foundation's Instructor's/Leader's Course. Tai chi can be practiced seated or standing depending upon the practitioner's preference. Tai chi has been proven to improve balance, flexibility, cognitive, cardio vascular and pulmonary systems and reduce pain. She continues to integrate tai chi in her treatment plans with successful outcomes........and patient enjoyment.