Movement Classes

Overview

Boost your health and wellness with movement classes at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. Our yoga, tai chi and qigong classes are for people of all ages and fitness levels. Classes use gentle movement, breathing, mindful awareness and meditation to help your whole self manage chronic disease or recover from surgery.

Movement classes are available as single sessions or multi-week series.

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Vanderbilt's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers a range of services, classes and training focused on your total health mind, body and spirit.

Conditions We Address

Why Choose Movement Classes at Vanderbilt

  • Knowledge and experience

    Each class is led by a trained practitioner. Your leader’s knowledge and experience translate into expert care for you.

  • Comprehensive care

    Movement classes work alongside your traditional medical care. They strive to improve your total well-being — mind, body and spirit. Together, traditional and complementary treatments like movement classes can help you better manage your overall health and enjoy a better quality of life.

Class Offerings

To register for any of these classes or multi-week series, click the Movement/Series tab on our online schedule.

  • Private sessions

    Personalize your movement practice. Sessions are customized for your specific health conditions and goals.

  • Yoga series

    These four- to six-week series are offered throughout the year.

    • Gentle Yoga for Back Care: Relieve tension, improve flexibility and gain strength and support in your back.
    • Gentle Yoga for Self-Care: Learn to treat yourself with more care and compassion during this five-week series focused on gentle movement, breathing, sound and visualization.
    • Yoga for Stress Management: Use movement and meditation to relieve stress from your body and mind. Deeply listen to what you need to stay balanced. You’ll build on breathing, gentle yoga and meditation techniques each week. All bodies, levels and life experiences are welcome.
    • Rotating Yoga Series: We offer different yoga series customized for specific needs, such as Yoga for Sleeping Well and Yoga for Fibromyalgia.
  • Yoga classes

    Purchase a four-, six- or eight-week package for $12 per class, or pay as you go for $14 per class.

    • Gentle Yoga: Gentle Yoga uses movement and postures, breathing and meditation to give you a feeling of energy and calm. Teachers take you through simple movements while using your breath and attention to help improve your well-being. This class is open and safe, even if you have physical limitations or no experience.
    • Gentle Yoga for Fitness: Instructors guide you through movements and postures linked with your breath. Gentle Yoga for Fitness moves at a steady pace and emphasizes taking care of your own body. If you can sit, stand and lie down on your own, this class is for you. No experience is needed.
  • Tai chi series

    This exercise coordinates your mind and body, helping you nurture internal energy and develop balance. Tai chi helps you relax, reduce stress, increase strength and improve concentration.

    • Introductory Tai Chi: Learn the basic principles and six movements of tai chi. Perfect for beginners. No experience needed.
    • Continuing Tai Chi: Learn movements of the Yang-style 24-posture form with an emphasis on core movements, centering and breathing. This series is for students who have completed the introductory class as well as other beginning or intermediate tai chi practitioners.
    • Advanced: Incorporate breathing into the 24-posture form. This level is for Yang-style tai chi practitioners with one year or more of experience.
    • Tai Chi for Balance: Practice slow, gentle tai chi movements that help you improve balance and coordination, possibly helping you prevent falls. This series is perfect for people with balance challenges due to age, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.
  • Qigong series

    This mind-body practice and exercise integrates posture, body movements, breathing and focus on improving your mental and physical health.

    • Healing Qigong: Nurture nonjudgmental awareness and a kind relationship with your body and self through gentle movement, breath and stillness. This class focuses on qigong practices that still your mind, connect with your body and soothe your heart.
    • Health Yi Jin-Jing Qigong: Enhance your overall bodily functions with this tendon-muscle-strengthening exercise. This form of qigong includes a series of 12 twisting, bending and stretching postures along with regulated breathing. It requires more rigorous movement than traditional qigong and tai chi.
    • Qigong for Continuing Students: Continue your practice with this series, designed for those who have completed other qigong series.

Location

Related Information

For details on cost and registration, see the Movement/Series tab on our online schedule.

We accept payment by cash, check or credit card.

Cancellation and refund policy

You get a full refund if you cancel at least two weeks before your program begins. If you cancel less than two weeks before, you get a refund minus a 20% cancellation fee. If you cancel on the day of the program or after the program begins, no refund is available.

Patient Resources

For Referring Clinicians

To refer a patient to the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt:

  1. Download the referral form.
  2. Fax the completed form to (615) 936-6144.

Vanderbilt clinicians also may refer patients through the electronic medical record system.

If you have questions, call (615) 343-1554.

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