Island Senior: Start Where You Are, Yoga For Everyone

Posted August 31, 2020 at 5:30 am by

Zoom Yoga with Katerina Wen - Peggy Sue McRae photo

One of the first things on anybody’s list of how to live a good life pan­dem­ic or not is to get some phys­i­cal exer­cise. For me this can be a chal­lenge in the best of times. Being quar­an­tined by myself has made find­ing the moti­va­tion to get mov­ing near­ly impos­si­ble, near­ly, but not entire­ly. I knew some­thing had to be done and I knew I would have more suc­cess if I joined a class, even a zoom class, where I would meet with oth­er peo­ple at a set time. I’ve always loved yoga as a way tune in to my body, mind, and spir­it. These days, I could use a tune up in all three facets of my life.

The Mullis Cen­ter has part­nered with Kate­ri­na Wen to offer a Chair Yoga class. This class is offered via zoom on Tues­days from 1:00 – 1:45pm. I took my first com­pli­men­ta­ry class on Tues­day. Described by Kate­ri­na this, “is a spe­cial class designed to enhance the over­all qual­i­ty of your life. It is deeply grat­i­fy­ing to be able to move and breathe bet­ter again.” The move­ments are adapt­able to indi­vid­ual needs, sim­ple, and, “com­bined with breath­ing tech­niques which sup­port the health of our heart and res­pi­ra­to­ry sys­tem”.  I enjoyed the class and signed up for more. Avail­able by com­put­er on zoom the class can also be joined by cell phone or land­line. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Anna Cof­felt at the Mullis Center. 

I ini­tial­ly learned yoga from my long time friend Jean­nie Turn­er. I spoke to her about re-estab­lish­ing my long neglect­ed yoga prac­tice. She spoke about yoga in terms of rela­tion­ship, the rela­tion­ship between teacher and stu­dent as well as enrich­ing our rela­tion­ship with our­selves and how impor­tant this is espe­cial­ly dur­ing these Covid times when so many of us are expe­ri­enc­ing iso­la­tion. Jean­nie teach­es a ther­a­peu­tic class now via zoom offer­ing adap­ta­tions spe­cif­ic to indi­vid­ual stu­dent needs. She also teach­es yoga for all lev­els. Yoga, she says, “brings sta­bil­i­ty and ease into your life”. Sta­bil­i­ty and ease? I’ll sign up for that!

Con­tact Anna at the Mullis Cen­ter: / 360.370.7520
Link to: Fri­day Har­bor Holis­tic Health
Link to: The Yoga Path

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