Above: A free yoga practice on the grass outside Natcher.
Below, l: On stage demonstrating
yoga stretches that can be done at a desk are (from l) Jocelyn Gordon, yoga instructor;
Dr. Josephine Briggs, NCCAM director; Dr. Jeffrey White, director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Randy Schools, R&W president; and NHLBI’s Dr. Rachel Permuth-Levine.
Below, r: Natcher auditorium became a yoga classroom during the seminar, “Yoga Stretches for the Desk and Office.”
Dr. Timothy McCall, medical editor of Yoga Journal magazine and author of the book Yoga as Medicine, also stressed yoga’s inclusiveness, cultivation of awareness and outreach to people
in various wellness and disease states. He found in his practice as an internal medicine physician and as a yoga student that reconciliation
is possible between Eastern and Western ways of knowing. Yoga and conventional medicine
can complement, rather than threaten, each other.
The week also included karma yoga events—participants brought donations of non-perishable
foods for Manna Food Center in Rockville and the Safra Family Lodge at NIH. Lectures and practice sessions at Rockledge I and II and 6001 Executive Blvd. allowed off-campus staff to experience yoga.
Instructors encouraged staff to move yoga practice
from the mat to daily life by mentally bookmarking
parts of the day and dedicating them to remembering to focus on the breath.—