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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

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Chair Yoga Class at the Palo Alto VA

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

CAM is used to describe health care practices that are not your usual conventional medical treatments. They can include, but are not limited to the use of herbs and vitamin supplements, meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga, massage, Reiki, movement therapies, and acupuncture.

Do you provide CAM programs at the Palo Alto WRIISC?

Yes. The Palo Alto WRIISC offers a Mind/Body treatment program for Veterans with chronic health conditions such as pain and fatigue. Primary care physicians can make a referral in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) by completing a WRIISC Yoga consult form. Our classes and schedule is listed below.

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Class Schedule

We now offer the following classes free of charge for Veterans who are eligible to receive healthcare at the Palo Alto VA and are cleared for participation by their primary care clinician.

  • Monday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Mat and Chair yoga, all Veterans
  • Monday 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Restorative Yoga, all Veterans
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 noon - Mat and Chair yoga, women Veterans only
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Chair yoga, all Veterans
  • Mindfullness Meditation - Day/Time to be determined

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How to enroll?

Clinicians complete a "WRIISC Yoga" consult in CPRS for eligible Veterans.

For more information contact Louise Mahoney at (650) 849-0407 or at

CAM Research

Veterans who participate in classes will be eligible to enroll in a pilot project to study the benefits of mind/body movement classes in reducing the symptoms listed:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Remember, you do not have to have any of these symptoms to enroll in yoga. Just come and join class to improve your strength and flexibility and reduce stress.

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Contact Us

For more information about the CAM program contact:
Louise Mahoney, MS
3801 Miranda Avenue, Mailcode 151Y
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290
Phone: 1-650-849-0407


Disclaimer: This web site, is offered as a public service and is not intended to substitute for professional medical care.

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VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave.
Mail Code 151Y
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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