Meet in the lower level. Cost per class is $8/$10 members/non-members, or monthly unlimited $30/$45
*** First of each class free for new members****
Mondays & Fridays
9:15 - 9:45 am
This Class teaches various Mindfulness techniques for one to use throughout his/her day to live in the moment. Each class is independent of each other and will contain 10 minutes of practicing stillness through various types of meditations. Remainder of class will be sharing of various tools that members have used to stay in the Present.
Barre is a ballet inspired class with a gentle approach for seniors. It incorporates moves from ballet, Pilates and yoga with upbeat music. Ballet moved lengthen and strengthen muscles and burn calories. The class will focus on proper alignment learning to engage each muscle using mind and body. The class will use balls resistance bands and weights. It will also focus on total body strengthening with the help of the bar for balance assistance. (No floor activities). Adaptions and modifications will be provided by the instructor. You will leave feeling invigorated!
This class is designed for seniors over 55 with a goal of increasing overall strength in both muscular and cardiovascular systems. Light weights and gentle body resistance with no floor activities are used to increase upper and lower body strength. Participants practice
mindfulness skills of what their body is ABLE to do. The class may also include a fun social engaging game or memory exercise. The overall goal is for the individual to leave feeling exhilarated and empowered to face the remainder of his/her day!
All levels of fitness are welcome and adaptations/modifications will be provided by the instructor.
Core/balance is a fun class for seniors over the age of 55. The goal is to increase core strength and improve and preserve joint mobility which will improve balance. Improving balance, posture and fitness is extremely important for adults to be able to perform daily activities and reduce chance of falling. Most of the exercises are performed at the bar (no floor activities) which provides support for several levels of balance assistance. Practicing mindfulness both in body and spirit will empower seniors to assess current environments and how to navigate through them confidently. All levels of fitness are welcome and adaptations and/or modifications will be provided by the instructor.
Instructors alternate weekly with Joan teaching Long Life Chair Yoga and Shana leads our Yin Chair Yogafor Seniors. Both classes are 1 hour of slow stretching and 15 minutes of Meditation with NO Floor work.
Shana's Yin Chair Yoga for Seniors class consists of passive longer-held poses, targeting the deep fascia networks of the body. Also included are movements that often mimic activities of daily living, which improve strength, balance and flexibility while heightening body awareness. Meditation, inspiration and intention setting is an important aspect included making this a well rounded practice.
Joan's class Long Life Chair Yoga is designed for the 55 and older age group and for those who may need special assistance with their physical practice. It is also an excellent class for those returning from an injury. This class focuses on the whole body through breath work, physical postures (asanas) and meditation. A gentle approach using the bar, a chair and various other props to provides increased balance, strength, and flexibility. References to anatomy indicate the parts of the body that are being stretched and strengthened. This awareness allows students to listen to their body’s messages and know how far or deep to go into a pose.
“Mindful Awareness” is an important part of chair yoga!
Susan Thorton, a MariElder member, will be leading Shambalya, a non-theistic form of meditation encouraging relaxation and clearing of one’s mind. Susan says meditation is weight-lifting, the more you practice, the more likely you will succeed in mind cleanising. Join us before your starting your weekend.
Follow along and learn Tai Chi for Health, a slow and gentle mind/body exercise from China that Harvard Medical School called the very best exercise for improving balance. Feel better and more relaxed after just one class, and see your balance, strength, and stamina improve from exercising slowly. Wear closed flat shoes like a gym shoe and loose comfortable clothing.
Line Dance is beneficial for many reasons, so here are a few. Research has found that dancing improves strength and muscle function, as well as increasing balance and flexibility, leading to better stability and fewer injuries. Line Dancing can improve your mental health, especially memory and cognitive function. However, the best benefit is that it's socially fun and increases ones sense of happiness and well-being. This class will have a wide variety of music, teach various routines that will accommodate different levels of fitness, and offer a fun way to stay physically and mentally active. Kim Cafazo, with over 35 years of various dance experience, will be leading this fun group.