Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain
This class uses the tools of yoga to improve the health and well-being of people living with arthritis. Developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and health professionals, each 60-minute class focuses on conscious, gentle movement of the joints using the breath. Poses are taught either seated or standing using chairs for support. Students are encouraged to utilize props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to tailor the poses to his or her needs. A highly adaptive practice for individuals of all ages and abilities, but especially for those with joint pain or limited mobility. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Back Care 101: Caring For Your Low Back
According to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This class focuses on practices to alleviate back pain and care for the health of the back and spine. Come learn to relieve tension in the low back as well as strengthen the muscles that support proper spinal alignment. Each module in the series is designed to be therapeutic in nature with instruction moving at a pace that will allow you to care for any injuries or issues you may be experiencing. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have back pain or just want to prevent it! *Please note: participants must be able to get onto the floor.
Module I – Sooth and Strengthen Your Low Back
In Module I, you’ll learn to relieve tension in the low back as well as strengthen your core to support proper spinal alignment. Designed to be therapeutic in nature, instruction moves at a pace that will allow you to care for any injuries or issues you may have (such as chronic back pain, scoliosis, disc injuries, stenosis, or sacroiliac pain). Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have back pain or just want to prevent it!
Module II – Improving Your Posture: Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back
Heavy cell phone and computer use over time contributes to forward head posture and kyphosis of the upper spine, otherwise known as “dowager’s hump.” Both are serious conditions that can have an impact on the heart and lungs as well as contribute to headaches and other health issues. In this module, we’ll work to lengthen the spine, strengthen the muscles of the upper back, and use the breath to expand the chest and shoulders while maintaining the overall health of the entire spine. Students need not have taken Module I previously and no prior yoga experience necessary.
Module III – Healthy Hips and Hamstrings
You are not alone if you suffer from tight hips and hamstrings. We hold a tremendous amount of emotional and physical stress in this area which in turn can contribute to back pain, knee strain and poor posture. This 8-week course will help you safely and gently open up the muscles around the hips, low back and hamstrings. Students need not have taken Module I and II in this Back Care series and no prior yoga experience necessary.
Module IV – Building Core Strength & Stability
Strong core muscles are key to protecting and supporting the low back. But you need to strengthen more than the muscles commonly referred to as “the six-pack.” There are 29 muscles found in the front and back of the torso, including the muscles of the pelvic floor, that comprise our core. Come learn about these key core muscles and how to strengthen them to provide greater stability to the low back. This 8-week class is the fourth module of the Back Care 101 series. Students need not have take the previous modules to participate. Space is limited, so please register early.
Building Better Balance
We all struggle with finding balance—balance between work and leisure, responsibilities and self-care, family and friends. But a lack of physical balance—being able to control and maintain your body’s position especially during transitions—can lead to falls and injuries. Physical balance is a learned skill and in order to improve your balance, you need to challenge it and practice, practice, practice. In this 6-week class, you’ll learn how to create a solid foundation in your feet and legs, recruit key core muscles, and engage your breath to create steadiness. We'll also practice both static and dynamic poses to learn how to maintain balance during transitions. Learning to balance better will not only benefit you through greater body awareness, but also through your mind’s increased ability to focus, remember and let go.
Yoga for Healthy Aging
We all want to age with grace and be able to maintain our independence and health for as long as possible. To do so, we need to maintain four physical skills—strength, flexibility, balance and agility. You'll develop these key skills while reducing stress and increasing your cardiovascular health, mental agility and emotional stability. Modifications and variations of poses and activities ensure that participants of all levels and ages can benefit. This is a wonderful class for individuals of any age who want to age vibrantly and joyfully.
Strong Bones, Strong Body: Yoga for Bone Health
Bone loss is serious business. Both men and women reach their maximum bone mass around age 30, but no one is immune from bone loss. Even physically active people begin to lose some muscle mass after age 30. However, you can slow the loss by practicing weight bearing exercises. This 8-week class is centered around slow, methodical movements for building and maintaining both bone strength and muscle mass. All poses are appropriate for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis, but please consult with your doctor first if you have one of these conditions.