A health sciences library promotes wellness with free yoga

Tallie Casucci, Donna Baluchi

Abstract


Background: Yoga is a popular physical exercise activity with mental health benefits. Public and academic libraries have offered free yoga as their primary movement-based program.

Case Presentation: In an attempt to bolster wellness and connect to the health sciences community, an academic health sciences library offered free yoga as a ten-week trial series in summer 2016. At the end of the trial series, weekly attendance and online feedback data determined that this series should continue.

Conclusions: Yoga provides health professionals and students with a welcomed midday break from a stressful work environment. Additionally, by partnering with yoga instructor trainee programs, the financial burden is low for the library.

Keywords


Yoga; Library; Wellness; Health Promotion; Fitness; Library Programs; Movement-Based Library Programs; Mindfulness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2019.475

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