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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

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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)

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Community Classes at a yoga studio

-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

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
  • 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
  • Towels instead of mats (except at Yoga Studio)
  • Chairs
  • Props
the yoga groups
The Yoga Groups
  • Brief description of Yoga
  • Checking In
  • Centering
  • Warm Ups

Range of motion

movements of yoga
Movements of Yoga
  • Mind Body-psychosomatic
  • Body Mind- somatic-psychic
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Optimal Biomechanics

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

“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
  • 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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