Sparrow support group hosts free yoga classes for Caregivers

Published: April 16, 2015

Walk through the Atrium in the Sparrow Professional Building on a Wednesday night and you will see something unexpected - dozens of people practicing yoga.

It is one of two free weekly classes for Caregivers hosted by Sparrow Strong, a group of Sparrow Caregivers who work with fellow Caregivers following poor Patient situations or outcomes.

“Sparrow Strong is all about helping Sparrow Caregivers stay strong despite the pressures of working in health care,” said Candace Metcalf, D.O., Medical Director of Obstetric Anesthesia Services at Sparrow, and Sparrow Strong Coordinator. “Yoga is a great way to cope with stress.”

Beth Baldwin, Certified Yoga Instructor, instructing Caregivers

The beginner level classes started about one month ago and are expected to continue through the summer.

“It’s a mental break,” said yoga instructor Beth Baldwin. She teaches the Wednesday evening class, which is so well attended it moved to the Atrium to allow for more space.

“This is a great group of people,” she said. “They have been so enthusiastic and so willing.”

Classes are geared towards all skill levels since many Caregivers may be new to yoga.

“It is so important to take care of ourselves so that we can take great care of our Patients,” said Metcalf.

Caregivers are invited to attend any or all sessions:

Tuesdays |10 a.m.

Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club (MAC), Room 1

Led by Darcy Howe, Certified Yoga Instructor

Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m.

Sparrow Professional Building, Conference Room B or 3rd Floor Atrium

Led by Beth Baldwin, Certified Yoga Instructor

There is no need to sign up in advance, but you will be asked to sign in. You may attend any or all sessions. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring a mat with you.

For more information about Sparrow Strong, contact Metcalf or coordinators Lois Husby and Gary Devries at