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Celebrate National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month – promoting the health benefits of yoga and inspiring a healthy lifestyle. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. Join the NIH Health and Wellness Council and R&W Fitness Center for a month-long series of yoga events.

Featured events this month include:

  • “Mindfulness Workshop”: A workshop led by Erica Chopas, MSW, LGSW. Mindfulness is a simple practice to integrate into your day-to-day routine for a better you.
  • “Yoga for Lower Back Pain” by Ms. Sandra Scarbrough, M.A., M.S. Yoga Therapy, E-RYT500. This class is for those who have experienced lower back pain or others who are interested in learning how to prevent it. To register for this class please email Ms. Shuntrice Holloman (
  • “Yoga Day”: Enjoy a day of yoga! This event is sponsored by the Recreation and Welfare Association and will include yoga classes and vendors from area yoga studios.
  • “How to Use Mindfulness at Work”: A webinar led by led by Erica Chopas, MSW, LGSW, on mindfulness activities you can use at work.

For more information and the full list of events, please visit These events are open to all NIH staff. However, please be sure to obtain supervisor approval if interested in attending. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations to participate in these events should contact Ms. Shuntrice Holloman (

The yoga month observance at NIH is sponsored by the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS) in partnership with the NIH Health and Wellness Council, and R&W Fitness Program.

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