HOW TO SIGN UP FOR ACTIVE&FIT CLASSES
Once you confirm you are eligible for the Active&Fit program, you can take advantage of our Active&Fit classes immediately. Just complete full registration once at the front desk and check in when you attend class. Attend as often as you like. If you have questions about the classes, speak to the front desk staff at Still & Moving Center. Remember, the Active&Fit program offers a fun way to meet others and get fit!
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ACTIVE&FIT EXERCISE CLASSES: DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU!
Please see our schedule for dates and times.
Rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. Some students find themselves freed of years of pain that they thought they would have forever. Feldenkrais / Awareness through Movement lessons consist of gentle movement sequences that can eventually become more complex as you progress. After attending the classes for a while, you will find improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance. No prior experience necessary.
In addition to group Feldenkrais classes, hands-on private Feldenkrais sessions are also available.
Nia Moving to Heal
Moving will help you to feel better. It’s as simple as that. Sometimes we can feel trapped or limited in our body – a body that is injured, ill, challenged or aging. Nia Moving to Heal is the art of feeling better, in every way. Nia Moving to Heal aims, through movement, to give more space, grace and freedom to the human spirit.
A Nia Moving to Heal class sets itself apart from other exercise programs by its therapeutic purpose. Our movement becomes ‘medicine’ to support recovery from pain, grief, trauma and short or long term illness. In Nia Moving to Heal we affirm that we are not our illness – we are simply dancing with it.
We call movement medicine when it:
- Trains the brain
- Brings stimulation
- Instigates healing mechanisms in our system
- Reverses the aging switch that signals our cells to degenerate and instead signals them to thrive, regenerate and grow.
Participants feel safe in Nia Moving to Heal. We learn to heal ourselves by listening to the voice of the body: sensation. We use own sensations to track comfort and discomfort, and to choose pleasurable, safe ways to move and self-heal in our own body’s way – not someone else’s.
According to Nia’s founder Debbie Rosas, the creator of Nia Moving to Heal, “We are all birthing ourselves into something new. And that’s a powerful place to be.”
Precautions to be observed:
- Contraindications: Loss or shortness of breath; confusion and dizziness; pain and discomfort.
- You are expected to modify the moves to meet your own needs and/or to STOP as necessary if contraindications arise.
- You are expected to consult with your physician before taking Nia Moving to Heal if you are currently being treated for a significant medical condition, such as a serious or debilitating illness, or any other condition that may be significantly compromised by body movement.
- Our Nia faculty is here to answer any questions and/or concerns to make this a safe, healing practice for you, our beloved students.
Yin Yoga, also know as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana and the temperature of the muscle.
Restorative + Yoga Nidra
This class is for de-stressing and re-balancing our energy. This combined yoga practice will renew us and ready us for the week ahead. Our Restorative Yoga will use a variety of postures supported with props, such as chairs, bolsters, blankets and straps to experience a deep body relaxation. We move our spine in all directions, alternately stimulating and soothing our organ systems. We reverse the effects of gravity, returning the fluids to our upper body and enhancing heart function. Reducing muscle tension and fatigue, as well as improving digestion, we provide a supportive environment to relax the body. We end with Yoga Nidra as a very powerful way to still the mind. It is not necessary to concentrate. Simply listen to the instructions, follow them mentally, and refrain from sleeping. Through Yoga Nidra the mind can be calmed and restored.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan
This class is presented like the soft curve of a circle – you can join in anywhere along its path, beginner or experienced practitioner. Regular practice, of course, yields the greatest benefits. Students also often notice immediate life improvements within a month.
As you practice, your heart rate may start to lower. You will no doubt find a greater sense of calm – while simultaneously feeling more alert. The many moves that cross the midline of your body will stimulate your brain and entire nervous system. Your memory is enhanced as you learn the sequence of moves.
Questions are always welcome, and students will find many applications to their daily experience bubbling up from this practice.
Tai chi for Better Balance
In tai chi, we learn to appreciate the importance of alignment and an alert relaxation rather than tense muscularity in our movement. Relaxation, together with proper joint rotation during movement allows energy to flow through freely throughout.
Tai Chi for Better Balance is an evidence-based, community-translated Falls Prevention program that is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control. It has been found to reduce the risk of falls in older adults by 55%. A slow-moving, gentle exercise program, it is well suited for anyone with balance issues, recovering from surgery, long illness, and those that have been sedentary for long periods. We emphasize strength building, coordination, and balance. This program has been developed and tested to include individuals with the following conditions: Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, arthritis.
The class may optionally be taken in a sitting position – subject to prior consultation with the instructor.
Experience the rejuvenating benefits of low-key exercise that stimulates internal energy. Qigong Basics covers the fundamental principles and postures of Qigong, providing the student a toolkit for self-development. In class we focus on joint mobility, flexibility, postural alignment, stimulation of our meridian system, and gentle endurance training.Students of all ages and abilities can benefit from this practice and will be able to integrate what they learn into their healing, wellness or fitness practices.
Melt Roller into Functional Flow
This groundbreaking self-healing practice called MELT allows each student to renew interstitial fluids, which support the endocrine (hormonal) and immune systems throughout the entire body. Starting with a soft body roller and soft, various-sized balls, we restore and revitalize our vital connective tissue with the MELT technique.
Mindful of our breath in floor and seated mat exercises, we move through functional flow patterns that enhance balance, grace, coordination, strength and flexibility. Emerge from class feeling revitalized and cheered as you head into your day!
No prior experience necessary. Please dress comfortably.