Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Loyola University Chicago Nursing Professor Uses Yoga for Stress Reduction in Students

Students Turn to Ancient Practice during Finals Week

MAYWOOD, Ill. – While many university professors are busy with study groups and student meetings in preparation for final exams, Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, ANP, CYI, has turned to sun salutations and savasanas.

Dr. Tenfelde, who is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, recently became a certified yoga instructor. She will offer a yoga class for nursing, health sciences management and exercise science students during final exams week. Her goal is to help her students reduce their stress levels, enhance their immune system and improve their emotional wellness, flexibility, strength, balance and posture.

“Yoga can provide college students with many emotional and physical benefits,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “Regular yoga practice during finals week also can improve mental clarity and concentration making students more likely to excel under pressure."

Dr. Tenfelde also recognizes the long-term benefits of yoga for her students.
“Part of preparing my students to be good health-care professionals involves educating them on how to take care of themselves,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “It is easy to lose sight of self-care when you are concerned with caring for others on a daily basis. I hope to instill in my students the ability to reduce their own stress levels to better care for their patients."

The class will take place at noon on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Halas Group Fitness Studio in the lower level of the Halas Recreation Center. Post-yoga refreshments will be available for Loyola students in the School of Nursing Student Lounge in the Granada Center, Room 360. Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“My hope is that yoga will give students a healthier alternative to the caffeine, sugar and adrenaline that often carry them through finals week,” Dr. Tenfelde added.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.