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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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J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT,
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT,



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.

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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.


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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