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Lupus Foundation offers free yoga and tai chi classes for people with lupus

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 The Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter is offering gentle yoga and tai chi classes at IU North Hospital, 11700 N. Meridian Street in Carmel.

Classes are held from 11:00 am-12:00 noon with yoga classes on the second Saturday of the month, and tai chi classes on the fourth Saturday. The classes are free, but registration is required. These classes are open to people with lupus and one caregiver or support person. This will be seated/chair-supported yoga and tai chi. Attendees wanting more intensity in their yoga sessions are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to do exercises on the floor.

 More than 90% of people with lupus will experience joint and or muscle pain related to their lupus.  With their doctors’ approval, exercise can be a great tool for dealing with lupus symptoms. Sometimes, however, traditional exercises such as aerobics or weight training –can be difficult while dealing with swollen joints and fatigue. “Yoga, tai chi and Pilates can be very useful for those with lupus,” says Stacy Ardoin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Ohio State University. “I recommend exercise to all my patients at the lupus clinic, and yoga, tai chi, and Pilates can promote stress reduction, flexibility, and endurance.”

For more information or to register, visit http://www.lupus.org/indiana/events/entry/yoga-and-tai-chi-classes-available or call 800.948.8806.

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