Whole Health Active Movement - VA Portland Health Care System
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Whole Health Active Movement

Live Whole Health; Let's get moving classes; Tai Chi/Qigong, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning

VA Portland provides Whole Health care opportunities for our Veterans. The program offers multiple active movement classes to help match Veterans' values and their wellness needs and goals. Call the VA Portland Active Movement line now @ (503) 273-5114 to get scheduled.

Monday, July 12, 2021

What is Whole Health?

VA Whole Health is a cutting-edge approach to care that supports your health and well-being. Whole Health centers around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. This means your health team will get to know you as a person, before working with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.

One aspect of the Whole Heath program VA Portland offers our Veterans is the Whole Health Active Movement program which has a number of classes to help Veterans meet their wellness goals.

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” - Edward Stanley, the 15th Earl of Derby -

Benefits of Movement

  • Improves mental health
  • Decreases risk of falls
  • Supports immune system
  • Increases circulation
  • Promotes good sleep patterns
  • Improves coordination and memory
  • Improves physical fitness level
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Increases energy level

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Active Movement classes available now for Veterans:

Tai Chi/Qigong

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. Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice, sometimes described as moving meditation. Focus is on breathing and meditation, self-applied massage techniques and gentle movement patterns.


Yoga concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. The style taught at the VA is Hatha yoga, which uses body postures and breathing/relaxation techniques with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. Yoga works to make the spine supple and to promote blood flow throughout the whole body. Yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promote balance and flexibility.

Strength & Conditioning

  • Strength Class
  • Isometrics Class
  • Balance Class
  • Stretching Class
  • Aerobics Class

The strength and conditioning classes are offered in many styles to meet the needs of each veteran that range from: strength classes, stretching classes, balance classes, and aerobics classes. Strengthening is done using equipment that is readily available to veteran in their home. Isometric strengthening is conducted without any equipment. The aerobics class is to increase heart rate and get the blood flowing. The balance class is designed to help prevent falls, improve lower extremity strength, and improve gait. All these classes are focused on the whole body and promote strength, endurance, and heart health.

All classes are now and offered online via VA Video Connect.

Connect easily through your e-mail!

No referral needed

All classes can be modified for your comfort and level of ability

For more information on classes & scheduling, call VA Portland’s

Active Movement line: (503) 273-5114

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