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, tai chi and mindful meditation classes for people with lupus and one caregiver or support person. The yoga and tai chi classes are seated/chair supported; attendees wanting to add more intensity to their 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 CEO Lisa Kelly at a recent class and tai chi instructor Bonnie Sweeney demonstrating some moves.
Location: All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E. 56th St., Classroom #1, Indianapolis 46226
When: 6:30-7:30 PM
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.
If you are a caregiver of an adult or child with lupus who would like to attend class but will not be attending with the person you are caring for who has lupus, please contact Debbie Campbell.
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, mindful meditation 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.
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.
Donna Cook is a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Assertiveness Coach, Ordained Minister and Spiritual Advisor. She has been a Reiki practitioner and teacher for more than 20 years. She was first introduced to the healing modality of Reiki when she moved to Indianapolis in 1994. Through the practice of Reiki she is able to connect with her clients in a very special way. She has always felt drawn to be of service to others. During the past several years she has taught others Reiki and has several Reiki Master/Teachers practicing all across the United States. By incorporating various relaxation techniques, including mindfulness meditation, she is able to help her clients receive the full benefit of quieting their mind and relaxing their body, so that they can begin to help their body find the inner balance and peace of mind that they are striving for. She has recently returned to Indianapolis after being gone several years to caretake for her elderly parents in Florida. After her Father passed away in 2016, Donna relocated to Washington State to help her mother get settled in to her new home with her youngest brother. She is happy to be back and is looking forward to facilitating the Mindfulness Meditation series.
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.