Rehabilitation Hospital Establishes Yoga Program

April 21, 2004

classes will serve individuals with cardiac and pulmonary conditions

Helen Hayes Hospital announces the introduction of Cardiopulmonary Yoga, a specialized yoga program designed specifically for individuals with cardiac and pulmonary conditions. The program, which will take place at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, is open to anyone in the community who has a cardiac or pulmonary condition and would like to benefit from regular modified exercise.

The Cardiopulmonary Yoga classes will meet twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.. Yoga focuses on several basic concepts including stretching postures, proper breathing and meditation. The practice of yoga teaches a person to incorporate these concepts into their day to decrease stress in the mind and body. This unique program is designed to meet the special needs of the person with a pulmonary or cardiac condition. The classes will be supervised by a hospital occupational therapist who is certified in Cardiac Yoga from the Integral Yoga Institute/Founder Sri Swami Satchidananda and has special training in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

For additional information on the program, call Karen Roth, O.T. at 845-786-4487. To register or receive an application, call 845-786-4194.