Island Senior: Welcoming the New Year with Self Care Classes at The Mullis Center

Posted January 1, 2020 at 5:40 am by

Yoga Instructor Katerina Wen - Contributed photo

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

Whether the New Year brings with it a desire to counter the indul­gences of the hol­i­days or an ongo­ing inten­tion to retain and improve your health and well being, the Mullis Center’s reg­u­lar class­es; Gen­tle Yoga, Chair Yoga, both taught by Kate­ri­na Wen or Bal­ance Class with Cindy Lon­singer and Tyler Cor­nell may be just the right thing for you.

Gen­tle Yoga with Kate­ri­na Wen: 9:30 – 10:30 am on Tues­days. This class is good for begin­ners as well as expe­ri­enced yoga prac­ti­tion­ers. It will help you main­tain a sup­ple body and a peace­ful mind, improve joint mobil­i­ty, bal­ance, reflex­es, and men­tal clarity.

This class will give stu­dents oppor­tu­ni­ties for ques­tions and indi­vid­ual atten­tion. “With reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pa­tion, you will embody rou­tines that regen­er­ate the sup­ple­ness of your mus­cles and joints. And once you have begun to prac­tice con­sis­tent­ly, you will have enhanced sta­mi­na, improved blood cir­cu­la­tion, and bet­ter brain func­tion.”

Drop-ins are wel­come at $10/class or reg­is­ter through Island Rec (, (360) 378‑4953. February/March Ear­ly Fee: $49, expires Jan 23, $54 thereafter.

Chair Yoga with Kate­ri­na Wen: 1 pm – 1:45 pm on Tues­day and Thurs­day (no class on Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 2) This class is for any­one who may have trou­ble sit­ting cross-legged or have restrict­ed range of motion for a vari­ety of rea­sons and can be done in a wheelchair. 

The prin­ci­ples of this sys­tem are based upon the flu­id motions found every­where in nature; thus the body will assim­i­late these move­ments in a very joy­ful, organ­ic way.” 

Drop-ins are wel­come at $8/class. Dis­counts apply for month­ly reg­is­tra­tion. Sign up and pre-pay at the Mullis Cen­ter open Mon­day through Fri­day from 9 am to 4 pm. or call the Mullis Cen­ter at 360–378-2677.

Bal­ance Class with Cindy Lon­singer PTA and Tyler Cor­nell PTA: 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Wednes­days. This class pro­vides gen­er­al strength­en­ing and fall pre­ven­tion. Peo­ple with med­ical con­di­tions that com­pro­mise equi­lib­ri­um and increase chances of falling will ben­e­fit from this class. Peo­ple with Neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions such as Parkinson’s, MS, stroke or brain trau­ma; dia­betes, ver­ti­go, foot prob­lems, eye dis­eases, or peo­ple on cer­tain med­ica­tions will ben­e­fit from this class. Peo­ple with hip or knee replace­ments, gait abnor­mal­i­ties, or seden­tary lifestyles can great­ly reduce their risk of falling.

Reg­u­lar activ­i­ty and exer­cise can help you to regain your equi­lib­ri­um and pre­vent falls by strength­en­ing mus­cles and bones, increas­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty, ener­gy and endurance, strength­en­ing the heart and lungs and increas­ing con­fi­dence.

This class is spon­sored by Suzie Lefever and San Juan Island Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py.  At a sug­gest­ed dona­tion $5 all pro­ceeds will be donat­ed back to the Mullis Cen­ter.  Thank you Suzie! 

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