VA Portland Health Care System
Active Movement Classes
Whole Health Active Movement Classes;
|All classes are now offered online through VA Video Connect
(easily accessible by clicking a link sent to your e-mail).
No referral needed.
Veterans have direct access.
Call (503) 273-5114 for an appointment.
Click for a flyer about these classes.
Click for a detailed schedule of all the class times/dates.
Tai Chi groups are for Veterans of all ability levels. Tai Chi is a slow-motion martial art which involves the flow of movement and practices to help calm the nervous system while strengthening muscles and improving balance. Patients will learn about the purpose of tai chi, breathing techniques, positioning, and stress reduction.
Qi (chi) Gong groups are for Veterans of all ability levels. Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice, sometimes described as moving meditation. Focus on breathing and meditation practice self-applied massage techniques and gentle movement patterns that can be performed from a chair or in standing.
Yoga groups are for Veterans of all ability levels. Modified yoga focuses on stretching through yoga poses to promote flexibility and relaxation from a chair only or chair and standing level. There is no need to get up and down from the ground.
Open Gym groups are for Veterans of all ability levels. This group is based on stretching/strengthening using various equipment that is readily available to Veteran in their home. Weights, thera-band, different weighted household objects, and isometric strengthening (no equipment needed). This class focuses promoting strength, endurance and cardiovascular health. This class structure follows a warm up, followed by static and active stretches for the whole body. The class ends with functional movement patterns for safe, practical movement.