Newport Hospital Seeks Volunteers to Lead Yoga and Music Recreation Therapy

September 24, 2014

YogaThe Newport Hospital Behavioral Health Unit is seeking volunteers with special talents – such as knowledge of yoga or music – to help run recreational therapy programs.

In recent years, yoga has been incorporated as an important part of the therapeutic treatment program on the Behavioral Health Unit at Newport Hospital. Volunteers come once a week for 45 minutes to lead an introduction-to-yoga class for patients on the unit. Staff is present to assist at any time. Due to patients’ physical limitations, the class is best taught as seated yoga focusing primarily on slow basic movement and helpful breathing exercises to reduce anxiety levels. Patients have responded positively to this type of yoga and have found it to be a helpful coping skill as they leave the unit.

Newport Hospital is also seeking volunteers with a musical talent to lead recreational therapy groups. Musicians are welcome to bring their instrument and lead sing-alongs and play contemporary music for patients. The groups are held weekday afternoons for 45 minutes. Current sessions include a guitar sing-along and drumming group. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Lisa Coble, director of Volunteer Services, at (401) 845-1635.