Heart Health Support & Classes
Women's Heart Support Group
Dignity Health East Valley’s Women's Heart Health Program has partnered with WomenHeart to provide support to our female patients who have or are at risk for heart disease. WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 42 million American women living or at risk for heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health. www.womenheart.org
Every Second Wednesday of the Month - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.
- Support group meeting and physician or allied health speaker on heart disease risks and healthy lifestyle choices every other month.
- Contact Adrienne at (503) 799-3543 for more information.
Every Third Tuesday of the Month - 11 a.m. to 12 noon, in-person in Fountain Hills
- Contact Joann at (917) 346-7370 for more information.
Send us an email at [email protected]. and we’ll send you the Zoom link to participate.
For additional information, please call Dignity Health at (503) 799-3543.
Yoga of the Heart
Brought to you by the Women’s Heart Health Program of Dignity Health
If you are a woman who is pregnant, postpartum, with, or at risk for heart disease, join us! Yoga of the Heart is an artful blend of light movement and stillness, strength and flexibility, breath and awareness. Each class inspires students to unite body, mind and heart in the present moment, enhancing well-being on and off the mat.
Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for women of all ages. If you are going through an illness, recovering from a procedure, or living with a chronic condition, yoga can support the healing process and empower healthier living. Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress, inflammation in the body, lower heart rate, and blood pressure, contributing to healthier hearts.
Free virtual practice
Every Tuesday, 12 – 1 p.m. (MST)
Yoga Patient Story
To Whom It May Concern:
I am extremely grateful to be a member of Lindsey Robertson’s weekly “Yoga of the Heart” program. I first learned about the program from my cardiologist. I love yoga, but it’s challenging for me to attend in person. I need modifications that are best accommodated in my own home, and I must avoid exposure to Covid and other illnesses. As such, I was mostly limited to pre-recorded yoga youtube videos.
I was excited for the opportunity to attend Lindsey’s zoom yoga class and interact with others! But I was also nervous, because for a long time during Covid my primary social interactions were doctor appointments. So when I first started Lindsey’s program several months ago, I was hesitant to participate or turn on my camera.
But with every session, I felt my confidence growing. Lindsey is always smiling, welcoming everyone and giving gentle, warm encouragement. She always begins with a heartfelt message that is relevant to my life, and how I want to feel and be in the world. Then she moves into a breathing exercise that really helps build lung strength. After this, she eases into all levels yoga poses, recognizing any necessary modifications. And she finishes with a rest and integration period, followed by genuine gratitude.
Sometimes I would start the session feeling tired or distracted, but I would always end feeling focused and empowered! And I soon began to feel more motivated toward fitness overall. Moves that I learned from Lindsey, I started incorporating into my daily fitness routines. I also made more efforts to do yoga and other fitness on other days of the week.
These days, I’ve become so confident that I have other social events; but I still look forward to Lindsay’s Yoga so much that I schedule other appointments around it! I turn on my camera and participate, because I’m proud to be part of a group of such kind, supportive ladies. And I make my physical and mental health a priority in my life, every day. I truly appreciate all the hard work, joy, and genuine compassion that Lindsey puts into this program every week; and how much of a positive impact it has on my life.