Seniors at Still & Moving
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Senior Classes at Still & Moving Center
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Still & Moving Center offers a variety of services to empower senior adults to contribute to their own physical health, emotional well-being, and mental clarity.
Age is not a reason to stop moving. If anything, it is a reason to get moving! Through movement we find health. Study after study proves that mindful physical movement preserves mental acuity and maintains the body’s health through the aging process.
Many of our classes are suitable for all ages and are geared with our kupuna in mind. Our teachers are there for you. They meet you at your present fitness level, help you to both accept and transcend your limitations, and lead you to a healthier, happier you. Try one of the following:
- Chair Yoga
- Aloha Hula
- Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Our therapists in the Malu Healing Room give older bodies the TLC they deserve – whether through massage, acupuncture or our other healing modalities.
In addition to weekly classes, Still & Moving Center provides a great variety of workshops and events every month – some of which are free or at a nominal cost. These activities encourage people of all ages to come together to celebrate, to learn, and participate in a richly multi-cultural community.
This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.
Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations. *Offered Freely*
Do you have chronic neck, shoulder or back pain? A very important piece of this problem could be your breathing. Even after the most amazing treatment or massage, our pain will likely return if we go right back to upper chest and neck breathing. This class combines gentle yoga stretching to release tension, with the principles of Buteyko Breathing to restore the nervous system, culminating in a 10 minute silent meditation. Consider this class to be a ‘bliss doorway’ into your day, or simply a way to shed the build up of work and life stress. Marla is passionate about helping people feel more free and strong in their bodies by educating and directing them to learn through practice, and by sharing tools that promote independence.
Join us for a potentially transformative meditation on this mighty Sanskrit mantra, with time for spoken considerations of the practice. “The Gayatri invocation is an infallible means to self-transcendence…. Individuals may make some sort of inward affirmation of benevolence towards all that lives.… Daily, replenished by the cool stream of insight that flows from the Spiritual Sun, one may actualize the Gayatri mantram with a deep resolve that will endure without wavering, releasing a mighty current of unacknowledged but incalculable benefit for the entire human family and indeed for all living beings.” – Raghavan Iyer
All Welcome! All Levels. *Offered freely*
Still & Moving Center’s highly certified, experienced and caring ELDOA Method instructors offer classes and workshops for your journey towards a healthier and happier you.
Dr. Guy Voyer, a French Osteopath, created the ELDOA Method with the intention to eradicate back pain. Many people who now practice ELDOA experience reduced pain and a sense of ease in their bodies, especially in their backs, as well as improved posture and balance, and overall well being. The ELDOA promotes independence as we learn to relieve, heal, and strengthen our own back!
Like the soft curve of a circle, Tai Chi invites you to join in anywhere along its path, whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner. Originally developed by monks in China as a meditative method of self-defense, you can now join millions of people around the world who enjoy Tai Chi as a graceful, grounded movement practice that brings calm to the body and mind.
Bring your ukulele and strum along with Kumu Malia! This half hour class progresses from chord positions to strumming and includes basic arpeggios. This fun and lighthearted class is a perfect start to your weekend!
This community event is a great time to meet warm, inviting people. Our group-led dialogue takes up a thought-provoking topic for discussion from the Still & Moving Center Almanac. No cost.
All are welcome to this fun and light-hearted hula class that focuses on “party hula” auwana dances. This class is great for first timers, experienced dancers, or anybody interested in celebrating the Aloha spirit through hula! Classes will begin with a warm up and review of basic hula steps. Two songs will be taught per month; one slow and one lively. E hula kākou!
Feldenkrais / Awareness through Movement lessons consist of gentle movement sequences, which eventually get increasingly more complex, as you develop or rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. After attending the classes for a while, you will find yourself with improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance.
Please dress comfortably and bring a large towel.
Qigong is the art of unifying your mind and body trough exercises. In this class you will focus on moving the entire body, deepening your breath and clearing your mind. There are extensive benefits of this practice including more energy, focused mind, positive attitude and lightheartedness which all lead to holistic health.
Chair Yoga (Past Class)
This chair-based yoga class allows us to safely take our yoga practice to new levels… off the mat to a chair or exercise ball! Bring a fresh perspective to the yoga postures that you already love or would love to learn! This practice incorporates breath work for more resilient health to our lungs and entire system. Want to take a yoga break while working? Practice right where you are! Accessible and fun, this class is for all bodies.
This class is for de-stressing and re-balancing our energy. This combined yoga practice will renew us and ready us for the week ahead. Our Restorative Yoga will use a variety of postures supported with props, such as chairs, bolsters, blankets and straps to experience a deep body relaxation. We move our spine in all directions, alternately stimulating and soothing our organ systems. We reverse the effects of gravity, returning the fluids to our upper body and enhancing heart function. Reducing muscle tension and fatigue, as well as improving digestion, we provide a supportive environment to relax the body. We end with Yoga Nidra as a very powerful way to still the mind. It is not necessary to concentrate. Simply listen to the instructions, follow them mentally, and refrain from sleeping. Through Yoga Nidra the mind can be calmed and restored.
Yin Yoga, also know as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity andphysical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana and the temperature of the muscle.
In order to lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.
If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.
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For Nia Belts, White Belt or above - FREE during turbulent times (payment options also available for those who feel inclined). Renée asks that you commit to attending the entire series. Learn from a Nia master in action: Debbie Rosas, choreographer of the routine “Velvet”! This beautifully crafted routine combines power and grace with a full-spectrum of movement variety. An experienced Nia teacher (which this Mentorship series helps you to become) could take the gorgeous choreography of any of Velvet’s songs and apply the katas to another piece of music. The routine’s focus on the “Hands” works well with...Find out more »
Vegan Winter Soups Cooking Workshop – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Sheila WredeSunday, January, 17 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm HST Price: $35 This month’s vegan cooking adventure is Winter Soups! Join us to learn the ins and outs of preparing healthy and warming soups. Zoom in from your home kitchen for this live, interactive, […]Find out more »
Functional Hips, Flexible Pelvis & Strong Lower Back: a Feldenkrais® Workshop – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Eva Geueke Sunday, January 24, 2021 9:45 am - 12:45 pm HST $59 20% discount for Golden Circle Members This Feldenkrais® workshop gives you the chance to re-balance, restore and realign forgotten muscles, connective tissue and organs. By practicing […]Find out more »
Saturdays, February 6-13-20-27, 2021 3:00 - 7:30 pm HST Price: $395 In English and Japanese, translation by Eriko JonesPre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Mālia at email@example.com to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo! Navigating Through Time - This lomilomi training places emphasis […]Find out more »
Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 + April 11, 18, 25 2021 (No class on Easter, April 4) May Day Event on May 1, 2021Price: $130 Drop-in $17 (allowed only May 7 and May 14) Keiki Hula 3-6 Year Olds: Sundays 8:30 am – 9:15 amKeiki Hula 7-12 Year Olds: Sundays 9:30 am – 10:30 amEnrolling your […]Find out more »
Announcing the new, revised….Still & Moving Center Almanac 2021! This year’s almanac theme of Self-Crafting challenges us to self-define, self-shape, and grow further into the person we long to be. It invites us to sculpt our lives as if creating art. Our aim in this almanac is to each day provide a quote that speaks to your soul. Look for the themes – every day’s quote follows a carefully crafted theme for the week! “When I keep the week’s theme humming in the background of my mind, it helps me put to everything that happens that week into perspective...Find out more »