Therapeutic Yoga Classes Begin Sept. 5 At UCF Pegasus Health

Yoga, long touted as the antidote for stress and stiffness, is now a prescription of choice for physicians who see its benefits in areas like lowering blood pressure and helping cancer patients combat the side effects of radiation. To extend this assistance to its patients and the community, UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, will begin offering weekly therapeutic yoga classes starting September 5 at its 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. location, just blocks from the main UCF campus.

Developed and led by nationally certified yoga instructor, Alpa Bhatia, the UCF Pegasus Health classes will be at times throughout the day and focus on the needs of specific people:

“While yoga does not replace the care necessary for managing chronic medical conditions, it often helps patients restore some of their lost mobility, learn to better control anxiety and stress, and generally feel better,” said Dr. Neha Bhanusali, a faculty physician at UCF Pegasus Health who specializes in rheumatology and does yoga herself. “Some are even able to come off of certain prescription medications. “As a rheumatologist and yoga practitioner, I’ve seen firsthand how therapeutic yoga can improve the overall quality of life.”

Two free informational sessions about the classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday July 25 and Friday, August 29 at UCF Pegasus Health. Classes are $60 per month, with registration beginning July 25. Before beginning any new exercise program, please consult with your physician.