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