Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center
Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…
If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs slowly with air from bottom to top, pause, then slowly exhale until you are pulling your stomach in to push out that last bit of air, pause and begin again. I’ve used this in my doctor’s office to bring my blood pressure down. It works. I’ve used it in many stressful situations to calm my nerves and settle my mind. It works, its easy, and you always have it with you.
Yoga is excellent for flexibility and balance, qualities that are always important and become even more important as we get older. Says Andrew Weil, M.D. in his book, Healthy Aging, “Falls are a major cause of disability… You can protect yourself in two ways: by attending to potential hazards in your environment and by attending to your body’s capacity to compensate quickly for sudden twists, bump, and skids.” He goes on to recommend yoga, “I think it will increase the numbers of healthier and happier people here.”
The Mullis Center is happy to offer two yoga classes with instructor Katerina Wen. Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am, July 4 – July 30. “Have you ever wondered how yoga can help you feel more at ease in your body and mind? Our gentle yoga class will answer your questions! If you have injuries, restrictions or sensitivities, this is the perfect class for you”.
Pre-Register for Gentle Yoga with Island Rec. Katerina will also continue teaching Chair Yoga Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Chair yoga is great if you have mobility issues or if sitting cross-legged on the floor is difficult. “Learn how to move your body with greater awareness and ease.” Chair yoga is $6 for members/$7 for non-members if you pre-pay at the Mullis Center. Drop-ins are welcome, $8 per session.