Urban Zen Restorative Yoga

@ Yoga Shanti Sag Harbor

This groundbreaking class is open to all! The path to renewing, restoring, and healing for people who are exhausted, anxious, or stressed has come to Yoga Shanti. Yoga Shanti’s Urban Zen Integrative therapists offer a a wonderful one-hour session of restorative poses, aromatherapy, reiki, breath awareness, and guided meditation.

Whether you are recovering from an illness or you just need to be treated with TLC, this class is for you. In a world of constant overwork and over stimulus, it is imperative to find a meditative sanctuary. Come join us in this inward healing journey and have at least one hour a week when you are completely cared for! There are no pre-requisites.

Help Southampton Hospital

FUNDRAISING APPEAL: Help us raise money to maintain and support the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy unit at Southampton Hospital. Follow this link to make an online donation. Donations are tax deductable. Please be sure to select ‘Urban Zen at the Wellness Institute’ from the fund designation dropdown after you select your donation amount. Every donation is immensely appreciated!

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‘Helping Hands’ by Sarah Halweil

Have you ever practiced yoga in a hospital bed?

Yoga teachers in our community—those trained as Urban Zen Integrative Therapists (UZITs), that is—have been helping patients do just this at Southampton Hospital for the last few years. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy is Donna Karan’s brainchild. She was inspired to develop this program after caring for her late husband and many of her friends while they were sick or dying. At that time, she depended on doctors and nurses to help her loved ones, but she also depended on complementary therapies. In fact, it became her passion to make this kind of care available to more people. After Donna’s husband passed away, she, Colleen, and Rodney (who were, and are, Donna’s yoga teachers) organized a program that would train people to go into hospitals and various care centers and help ease the symptoms of illness. They brought together experts in the fields of yoga, Reiki, end of life and contemplative care, essential oil therapy, medicine, and more.

At Southampton Hospital, under the guidance of doctors and nurses, we visit patients in their rooms. Our goal is to relieve symptoms related to being sick, and being in a hospital: pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion. So we lead patients through movements based on yoga, breath awareness, and body-focused meditation. We help them into restorative positions and perform Reiki. Maybe most importantly, we teach patients some of these techniques—a breathing routine to help them sleep, a movement to relieve back pain—so that they can practice on their own. We aim to increase patients’ feelings of wellbeing and contentment…. continue reading

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