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Celebrate National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month. The theme is "Promoting the health benefits of yoga and inspiring a healthy lifestyle." According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance their quality of life. Please join us for a month-long series of virtual yoga classes and a live healthy cooking demonstration. For more information and the full list of events and other resources, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x5EHc.

Join the Office of the Director (OD) Well-being Campaign for the following events hosted by OD Well-being Campaign Chair and Yoga Therapist, Ms. Sandra Scarbrough. Add these dates and links to your calendar.

Friday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Beginner Yoga (https://bit.ly/2YdpkdD). This class is geared towards individuals who are new to yoga or simply exploring the practice. You will learn the fundamentals of yoga, including basic yoga poses that will help build strength and flexibility, and basic breathing, meditation and relaxation. Age, weight and fitness are not factors, as this basic class is accessible for everyone.

Friday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Yoga for a Resilient Lower Back (https://bit.ly/2Y7vax5). Yoga can be a complementary approach to alleviate and prevent chronic low back pain. The goal of this class is to realign, create space, re-educate and stabilize the lower back. Students will learn poses to strengthen key muscles to support the lower back and stretches to release tension and promote flexibility.

Wednesday, September 29, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Live Cooking Demonstration. Eurest Dining Services Teaching Kitchen is hosting a live cooking demonstration. Join us as Eurest Chefs prepare Sun Salutation Greek Yogurt with Marinated Fresh Berries and Honey Pecans, and Namaste Wild Salmon with Arugula Farro Apple Salad. The event will be held via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3z8UFLz​.

In addition, please visit the National #YogaMonth Livestream Recording: The Science and Practice of Yoga Featuring Dr. Lanay Mudd and Dr. Pam Jeter. They discuss the latest research on yoga for health while demonstrating several yoga poses you can do at home (https://bit.ly/3l2uSiY). Individuals needing reasonable accommodations to participate in these events should contact Mr. Chris Gaines at gainesc@mail.nih.gov​. You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your well-being. The yoga month observance at the NIH is sponsored by the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS) in partnership with the NIH Health and Wellness Council (HWC), the OD Well-being Campaign, the R&W Fitness Program, and supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). For additional resources around the science and practice of Yoga go to https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga-what-you-need-to-know.

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