Wetenschap - 26 september 2002

Yoga can help with RSI

Yoga can help with RSI

The university offers students and employees a yoga programme to help prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). There are also lessons for people already suffering from RSI. Courses are also given in English.

Instructor Femmy Brug explains that Hatha Yoga is an ancient Indian discipline that looks at the body from a holistic point of view. "Regular yoga practice strengthens muscles and joints, builds up bone density and balances the endocrine and nervous systems." Although the aim of the course is to prevent people from getting RSI, many participants already have RSI-related complaints. While talking the participants through the exercises, Brug therefore keeps emphasising that those who don't feel comfortable with an exercise should not do it. She also hopes to encourage people to keep practising for better and lasting results.

Most participants appeared to be new to yoga. Student Sanne Spijker: "I imagined yoga as something woolly but it's not. Actually I'm learning how to use my body better." Patricia van Kuyk, who works at Molecular Genetics of Industrial Micro-organisms, has found that she has started to sleep better. "I also discovered that at work I can diminish a feeling of stress with good breathing." Still it's hard to start practising the exercises at home. "The course is a big stick," Sanne admits.

For information about the yoga courses to prevent RSI you can ring Fred Hoek, 0317-482212 or mail fred.hoek@alg.bvm.wau.nl. New courses start in January and cost 25 euro for ten lessons.

There are free general yoga classes at the ISOW each Friday night at 8.30 p.m. Just bring something to lie on and wear comfortable clothing.

Yvonne de Hilster

Photo Guy Ackermans

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