Senior Classes at Still & Moving Center
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Age is not a reason to stop moving. If anything, it is a reason to get moving! Through movement we find health. Study after study proves that mindful physical movement preserves mental acuity and maintains the body’s health through the aging process.
Many of our classes are suitable for all ages, and are geared with our kupuna in mind. Our teachers are there for you. They meet you at your present fitness level, help you to both accept and transcend your limitations, and lead you to a healthier, happier you. Try one of the following:
- Chair Yoga
- Aloha Hula
- Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Our therapists in the Malu Healing Room give older bodies the TLC they deserve – whether through massage, acupuncture or our other healing modalities.
In addition to weekly classes, Still & Moving Center provides a great variety of workshops and events every month – some of which are free or at nominal cost. These activities encourage people of all ages to come together to celebrate, to learn and participate in a richly multi-cultural community.
Healthy Heart Class Choices
Still & Moving Center is devoted to providing healing experiences to its students through classes and workshops, and to its clients through massage and other therapies. Open 7 days a week in a beautiful 6,000 square foot building, with 4 movement studios and a massage room, Still & Moving Center’s motto is: “Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!”
This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.
Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations. *Offered Freely*
Do you have chronic neck, shoulder or back pain? A very important piece of this problem could be your breathing. Even after the most amazing treatment or massage, our pain will likely return if we go right back to upper chest and neck breathing. This class combines gentle yoga stretching to release tension, with the principles of Buteyko Breathing to restore the nervous system, culminating in a 10 minute silent meditation. Consider this class to be a ‘bliss doorway’ into your day, or simply a way to shed the build up of work and life stress.
In this half hour class, students are led through voice warm ups and introduced to basic chanting techniques. Chants for various occasions will be taught and we will work on composing a special oli for the class.
This community event is a great time to meet warm, inviting people. Our group-led dialogue takes up a thought-provoking topic for discussion from the Still & Moving Center Almanac. No cost.
Welcome to a journey in the experience of the Tao, often translated as the “Path”. In this five-week meditation series we will explore meditation for insight and inspiration as we sit with different passages from the Tao Te Ching. We will cover basic skills for mindfulness and develop our ability to practice a variation of insight meditation, as we are guided by the wisdom we derive from this ancient text.
Each week we will sit with several different translations of the same passage from the Tao Te Ching, giving ourselves time for each one to permeate into our awareness. We will sit for about 20 minutes of silent insight and reflection, and then we will have time for sharing and questions. *For all levels, offered freely*
All are welcome to this fun and light-hearted hula class that focuses on “party hula” auwana dances. This class is great for first timers, experienced dancers, or anybody interested in celebrating the Aloha spirit through hula! Classes will begin with a warm up and review of basic hula steps. Two songs will be taught per month; one slow and one lively. E hula kākou!
Feldenkrais / Awareness through Movement lessons consist of gentle movement sequences, which eventually get increasingly more complex, as you develop or rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. After attending the classes for a while, you will find yourself with improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance.
Please dress comfortably and bring a large towel.
Qigong is the art of unifying your mind and body trough exercises. In this class you will focus on moving the entire body, deepening your breath and clearing your mind. There are extensive benefits of this practice including more energy, focused mind, positive attitude and lightheartedness which all lead to holistic health.
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.
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 andphysical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana and the temperature of the muscle.
In order to lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.
If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.