Mind, Body Chair Yoga
Mon. & Wed. at 1:30 pm
6 week session begins Jan. 15
Mind, Body Chair Yoga offers the perfect opportunity to explore yoga postures mindfully for strength, flexibility, balance and mobility. The class combines both active and relaxing movement using a variety of props, including a chair. All kinds of postures will be explored with support, but none of them will be on your hands and knees or sitting on the floor. Most classes end lying on your back and then seamlessly into a guided meditation.
Is this class for you?
- designed for mature bodies
- gentle and supportive instruction to help you feel safe and supported
- explore mobility and range of motion at joints
- improve your balance over time
- increase your flexibility and strength
- explore limits without going beyond them
- cultivate a connection between mind and body
- cultivate kindness and appreciation toward yourself
- find a sense of calm
- remembering that Yoga is for EVERY BODY
- no prior yoga experience is necessary
Mindfulness is emphasized throughout the Mind~Body~Chair Yoga practice. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Cultivating mindfulness both on and off the mat supports mind/body connection which can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help to focus our attention and observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment, ultimately leading to a happier and more satisfying life.
Yoga for Bone Health
Thurs. at 1:30 pm
6 week session begins Jan. 18
This class is taught by a certified Yoga, Mindfulness and Bone-fit instructor. It is designed to help support bone health in a safe and supportive environment. Yoga for Bone Health combines Yoga principles plus resistance training with hand weights.
Physical exercise is an important factor in the risk reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. Physical activity places an increased ‘load’ or force on our bones. Bones respond by forming new bone and remodelling the bone to be stronger. Bones need to be stimulated by physical activity – so it is necessary to be active in different ways in order to ‘load’ or stimulate these bones and maintain their structural competence and strength.
Yoga can help support a sense of well-being and an overall improvement in quality of life as well as improving balance and coordination which, in turn, reduces risk of falls. In addition, improved strength, flexibility and posture can reduce pain and enable people with or with osteoporosis to do daily tasks more easily.
This class feels like a yoga class because we take our time to set up for success and to build confidence. With a focus on building up strength and stamina we gradually increase weights to challenge the bones and improve bone density over time. There are opportunities for cardio throughout the class, but that is not the primary focus. Some exercises are done seated and lying on the floor, but most of them are done standing. Each class ends with guided relaxation.
Is this class for you?
- Designed for mature bodies, with or without Osteoporosis or Osteopenia
- Improve strength within your limits
- Improve balance, posture and core stability in a safe and supportive way
- Weight bearing exercise offered with the weight that feels right to you
- Modifications and variations offered
- Cultivate kindness toward yourself
- No previous experience required
Mindfulness is emphasized throughout the Yoga for Bone Health practice. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Cultivating mindfulness both on and off the mat supports mind/body connection which can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help to focus our attention and observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment, ultimately leading to a happier and more satisfying life.
$99 for one class per week, $198 for two per week, $297 for 3 per week
Members (must hold a current 1, 4 or 12 month membership for the duration of the program), register at the front desk to receive a 50% discount for these classes.
(HST) will be added to all fees.