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Yoga at all the Levels of the Mental Health Continuum of Care. PARTIAL HOSPITAL. OUTPATIENT. INPATIENT. RESIDENTIAL. By Heather Geis, M.D. RYT-200. Yoga techniques can alleviate suffering and promote wellness for those we serve BUT

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Yoga at all the levels of the mental health continuum of care
Yoga at all the Levels of the Mental Health Continuum of Care

PARTIAL HOSPITAL

OUTPATIENT

INPATIENT

RESIDENTIAL

By Heather Geis, M.D.

RYT-200


Yoga techniques can alleviate suffering and promote wellness for those we serve

BUT

Yoga is generally viewed to be for and taught to the physically fit (at least in Oklahoma City)


Community Classes at a yoga studio for those we serve

-Donation Based

-Locally advertised in the office

-Most not comfortable attending classes at yoga studio

In the Beginning


Providing yoga groups at the treatment site

Sites for those we serve

Adolescent Inpatient, Residential Units (2)

Adult Partial Hospital (1)

Yoga Studio (1)

Providing Yoga Groups at the Treatment Site

  • Pitching it

    Meet with administrators

    Sample Yoga Class taught to administrators

    Agree to cost


Space to practice securing
Space to Practice Securing for those we serve

  • Space is more at a premium as level of care is ascended

  • Flexibility key

  • Surveying room for possibly dangerous items (ie: paperclips, etc.) (Inpatient units)

  • Reminders to staff before class


Equipment
Equipment for those we serve

  • Towels instead of mats (except at Yoga Studio)

  • Chairs

  • Props


The yoga groups
The Yoga Groups for those we serve

  • Brief description of Yoga

  • Checking In

  • Centering

  • Warm Ups

    Range of motion


Movements of yoga
Movements of Yoga for those we serve

  • Mind Body-psychosomatic

  • Body Mind- somatic-psychic


  • Optimal Biomechanics for those we serve

    Neuromuscular training

    Forward bends

    Back bends

    Twists

    Side bends

    Inversions

    Balancing

    Relaxation

  • Group Activities (adolescents)

    Bubbles

    “Yoga Solution to Problems”

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Mantras

  • Final Relaxation

  • Checking out


Feedback from patients
Feedback from Patients for those we serve

“Somebody just standing up there telling me stuff doesn't help, Yoga helps”

“My neck felt better”

“I used it as my coping skill”

“When I leave here I will do Yoga instead of hitting things”

“I felt more calm and happy”

“My headache went away”


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned for those we serve

  • How to address the religion issue

  • In adult groups-hold comments until the end

  • Train a replacement

  • Go with the flow

  • Seeing people in Yoga group can positively impact the therapeutic relationship

  • Next step-gathering data


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