Great Classes, Jen and Beth!
Jen Stone's Foundation to Power Yoga 6 week series started Thursday night and we (8 of us) studied the beginning poses of the Power Flow movement by movement. It is not surprising that body movement, whether fast and intense or slow and holding each pose, heats the body up. The temp in the room was around 72 and my head was wet. This is a class that anyone can do and if you're game for a new exposure to a stronger class, it continues this Thursday at 6:30pm for 75 minutes of instruction and a nice and well deserved relaxation afterwards.
Friday morning Beth Nelson who is a Certified Iyengar instructor started her 8 week class, teaching us (7 attending) to feel and move muscles, like rolling the upper arm inward, the inner thigh toward the rear, the sacrum forward. This instruction aids us in developing our body awareness. Iyengar Yoga was my of yoga foundational beginnings, so I feel right at home in this class. Maybe you can join us at 10:30 Friday mornings for the special series, 60 minutes worth and savasana. I think its important to break the poses down as Beth so competently does.
Coming up this week besides the above and regularly scheduled classes, Wednesday evening instructor Anna Hornsby is offering a FREE TaiChi class from 5:30-6:20. Tai Chi is a gentle, slow moving meditative exercise that began in ancient China around 500 years ago. It combines stress reduction and good posture with movement to improve health.You can practice Tai Chi in regular comfortable loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. Tai Chi consists of fluid, gentle, graceful and circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo.Breathing is deepened and slowed- aiding visual and mental concentration.
The Tai Chi for Arthritis program is developed by Dr. Paul Lam a Tai Chi Master in Sydney, Australia, together with a team of rheumatologists and physical therapists. It is built on the Sun style of Tai Chi. Even if the program was developed for people with any kind of arthritis and elderly people with balance problems, it is a very good program for anyone who would like to enjoy the benefits of practicingTai Chi.
Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis include: Increases muscular strength and flexibility.Decreases pain in joints.Decreases stress.Helps reduce high blood pressure.Increases sense of well-being.Improves balance and risk of falling.
I intend on being in each of these classes this week and more. What about you?
Yoga every day! Namaste, Brian