Come join us and roll out your yoga mat! This class will teach you all sorts of methods to strengthen and stretch your muscles to prevent forward head problems and the slow loss of both strength and flexibility that happen to us as we age, sit more and more, and adopt a more sedentary life style. Think about it - from the time we are in kindergarten, years spent at desk jobs, and now, watching more tv and using computers and smart phones, we spend most of our waking hours sitting.
When this happens, it’s almost impossible to keep proper posture and avoid slouching. Over time, poor posture causes some muscles to become overly tight while opposing muscles become weak, resulting in forward head posture and achy shoulders, neck and back. Many muscles, including those in our core and legs become tight, while other groups of muscles become weak.
In this class, we will learn about those muscles, as well learning stretches and simple yoga poses that can counteract these issues. We will look at different props that assist us in our stretching and yoga poses. During these seven sessions, we will learn how to begin to reverse the damaging effects of our sedentary lifestyles. These exercises will also work to improve our balance by strengthening muscles and practicing simple poses that improve balance and range of motion, all of which are so important in our daily lives. A nice side benefit, too, is the calm and relaxed state we find ourselves at the end of our practice!
This is an exciting time in scientific research, which clearly has shown that remaining active, and building strength, flexibility and cardio capacity, can slow and even reverse the slow decline of muscle mass that usually happen as we age. Join us as we learn ways we can incorporate these practices into our lives!
Anne returned to Cobb County three years ago after leaving for first Washington, DC, and then Wilmington, NC, where she lived for 18 years. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2013 and began teaching gentle yoga to older adults at that time. She has taken a number of additional trainings focusing on therapeutic yoga, anatomy of yoga and Yogalign, which focused on proper postural aspects and forms to improve postural alignment. She is older, like all of us at ELM, and she loves to share what she has learned and experienced in these trainings and while trying to stay active and fit in her own life!