Recently, I had trouble interpreting one of my student’s responses. “Jack” is the husband of a friend of mine. They had a private session with me at another studio a year ago, and that was that until I bumped into them a few months ago. We catch up. I find out that while she dropped out of Yoga, he had not, and has continued on. So I invited him to my Senior Men’s Yoga class.
Jack checks out the class, enjoys it and signs up with a 15 card pass. This is great. He fits in well with the guys and this has been a hard class to establish. However, around this time I lose a couple of newer fellows for various health related reasons. Jack has had two hip replacements and he is still taking class from “Becky,” an experienced teacher I very much like and respect.
Well. This combination does nothing for my pervasive insecurity and leads me to wonder if Jack is getting anything out of my class. So I checked in with him briefly at the end of class and he indicated he was fine. Yet he must have sensed my angst, and gave the query more thought, because later that day he sent me an email. And that led to us chatting after class the following week. Continue reading →
I’ve got a brand new computer and it’s loaded with up to date programs. I’ve revamped the web site and am using a new email program. However, along with the ease of a new and fast computer, I’m confounded by a machine that does all sorts of things I don’t actually want it to do! It has been a fount of frustration. Plus, I’m spending way too much time online again.
So, I’m a Luddite, right? Technology is baaaad. No. I practice and teach Yoga. Continue reading →
Starting in January, my Yoga for Men classes will move to the Willamette Wellness Center / FOF at 6735 SW Country Club Drive, Corvallis, Oregon. It’s a very nice space. They have blocks, but folks should bring their own mats, if possible. And the price is quite reasonable (price updated, January 2013):
$9.00 – drop in $7.00 – 15 class pass ($105) $6.00 – 30 class pass ($180)
Beginning Men’s Yoga – This class introduces Men to Yoga and establishes familiar routines for the continuing student to build competency. The class is active and can offer a work out to those who desire it, but it also includes a focus on alignment, breathing and relaxation. Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm
Beginning Senior Men’s Yoga – This is an accessible class that focuses on the set up of basic and attainable postures and breathing exercises. We use a chair for balance and comfort and classes end with deep relaxation. Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm
Please note, while both classes are labeled “beginner” a main focus of these “men’s” yoga classes is to foster community among men. So, any level is welcome.
Fighting Parkinson’s disease with exercise, balance: Not strictly Yoga, but certainly challenging and strengthening the mind/body in ways similar to Yoga. And the story is local, Dr. Blatt is right here in Corvallis. I don’t know Dr. Blatt personally, but I like his approach:
“It is time to challenge conventional expectations about what Parkinson’s disease and other neurological diseases are supposed to do to us.” He is quite clear, however, that he used exercise and medicine to “maintain good physical function in spite of the disease.”
For more information you can check out his website and additional articles:
Active healing: Exercise class serves Parkinson’s patients