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J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jan;107(1):80-88. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.475. Epub 2019 Jan 1.

A health sciences library promotes wellness with free yoga.

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1
J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, tallie.casucci@utah.edu.
2
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, donna.baluchi@utah.edu.

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.

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