Aging is inevitable, but losing function and independence doesn’t have to be. As we go through life, we develop movement habits that don’t take advantage of our full capacity. These restrictions and imbalances, rather than age itself, are typically the root cause of the aches and pains we experience. Rebuilding mobility, stability and balance is possible at any age. These classes will help build capabilities, confidence and safety.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic education system which uses gentle movement and directed attention to explore habitual movement patterns and discover new, more efficient, graceful and pain-free ways of moving. Benefits include an increased ease and range of motion, better coordination, and increased mindfulness and curiosity throughout life. It can also help identify and overcome habits and tension holding patterns that may be limiting your capabilities and growth or which may even cause injury.
So much of the quality of your daily life depends on the mobility of and strength in your hips. In this class, we will explore how to increase or maintain the strength and mobility of your hips through yoga postures which can also alleviate stress in the shoulders, low back, knees, legs, glutes, groin, hip flexors, ankles, foot and heel due to tight hips. Poses in Iyengar are usually held for longer than in other styles of yoga, allowing the practitioner to focus on the details and make adjustments which transform the impact of each posture.
In Restorative Yoga, we practice observing what it feels like to be physically and mentally at ease. The practice has been described as one of conscious relaxation and softening into stillness, an exhale for both mind and body. Through the use of props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, sandbags) we support the body in gentle poses on the ground for up to 20 minutes.