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Celebrate National Yoga Month with Free Yoga & “Fitness for You” Classes in September​

September is National Yoga Month!

Do you know that it has been more than 4,000 years since yoga originated?

What better way to celebrate National Yoga Month than to incorporate yoga into your lifestyle

​The purpose of National Yoga Month is to promote the health benefits of yoga and inspire 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. In addition to the free “Fitness for You" virtual classes for September, we are also featuring the following special yoga classes for the NIH community.

  • Friday, September 9 at 12:00 pm - Back by Popular Demand! Yoga for a Resilient Lower Back, featuring Sandra Scarbrough, M.A., M.S. Yoga Therapy, E-RYT 500. 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. To join the class, please visit Yoga for a Resilient Lower Back.
  • ​Friday, September 16 at 12:00 pm - Yoga for Mental Well-Being, featuring Sandra Scarbrough, M.A., M.S. Yoga Therapy, E-RYT 500. Students will learn gentle yoga poses to release tension, breathing techniques to decrease stress, and meditation to promote relaxation. To join the class, please visit Yoga for Mental Well-Being.
  • Friday, September 30 at 12:00 pm - Yoga for Mobility: Hips, Knees, and Feet, featuring Leslie Pont, M.A., CHES, NBC-HWC, E-RYT 200. This 45-minute class is designed to gently open the lower half of the body to give us a stronger foundation to move from. Leslie will lead students through a slow flow of hip openers, focusing on the stability of the knee joint, and the ins and outs of the foundation - the feet. Please have a tennis ball available. You are also welcome to use yoga blocks, a pillow, or a rolled blanket for hip openers. To join the class, please visit Yoga for Mobility: Hips, Knees, and Feet.

These events are open to all NIH staff; however, please obtain your supervisor's approval if interested in attending events that occur during your work hours.
If you are interested in communicating with other like-minded NIH employees about topics of fitness and well-being, please join the interactive Wellness@NIH listserv. To learn about resources to help turn hours at work into active parts of a healthier life, join the NIH Health and Wellness Council Facebook group.
The September "Fitness for You" virtual program is sponsored by the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, operated through the R&W Fitness Program and supported by the OD Resilience Through Wellbeing Campaign.

You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family, making healthy food choices, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your well-being.

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