Aging Gracefully Yoga Drop in Class
This class is designed for the maturing adult, from baby boomers to seniors but all ages are welcome.
Chakra Yoga Drop Ins Welcome
Gentle postures, resistance and weight bearing exercises, balance, breathing technques and relaxation will be explored and props will be available if needed. We start the class in chairs and do some postures on the mat, but everything we do can be adapted to the chair.
$7 per class-10th class free
Every Monday except holidays
The chakras are the 7 main energy, nerve and gland centers of the body. We will focus on each chakra as we create a powerful experience to enhance our yoga practice and approach to life. The class will explore primary yoga postures, pranayama and relaxation. Designed for the beginner or continuing student.
Restorative Yoga Monthly - Please register
One hour class $10
Discount card available $54 for 6 classes.
Seniors and students $8
TUESDAYS 6:00-7:00 p.m. See calendar for class dates. Sixty minute class drop in fee- $10 - discount card available for 6 classes - $54
Seniors and students $8
Saturdays 8:15-9:35a.m. See calendar for class dates. Seventy five minute class - drop in fee $12
Discount card available for 6 classes - $60
Seniors, students, military $10
Gentle stretching, supported postures, guided imagery, meditation and relaxation.
Sacred Circle Dancing
Monthly workshops Please register as space is limited
$20- Mail your check prior to the class
$25 if paying the night of the class
Make checks out to Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts
95 Brewery Lane
Portsmouth, NH 03801
See calendar for class dates
Join Amy Antonucci the 4th Friday of each month as she leads you through dances from all over the world. No experience is necessary, as she will teach you all the steps.
Deep Peace- Yoga Nidra Drop In Class
$5 per class
Call Amy for more info 603-664-2796
Deep Peace - A Yoga Nidra Experience
In this deeply relaxing 60 minute experience you will be guided through the ancient yogic practice of Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep. This relaxation technique induces full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of conciousness. It pacifies the body and quiets the mind by discharging muscular, nervous, mental and emotional tensions.
Participants will need to be able to lie down (or sit if you wish) for 45 minutes. Blankets , mats, cushions and eye bags will be provided.
The last 10 minutes of class will be used to reorient to the world around us and have a cup of tea.
Exploring Yoga Nidra: In this workshop we will start with a powerpoint presentation on this practice, including the stages and benefits, followed by an experience of this relaxing meditation technique."
Building Healthy Bones morning class
Please register for this class
This class can be beneficial to you if you have been diagnosed with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis or if you are at risk.
A typical class will include:
- Exercises to increase joint mobility
- Exercises using Resistance Bands, Resistance Balls
- Ways to improve balance
- Stretches to improve strength
- Relaxation techniques
The class will be a 3 week session and will be held the first three weeks of each month. You may come to individual classes also. We ask that you register on line so we know how many are coming as the class requires some set up.
$10 per class and if you come to all three classes in the monthly session the third class is only $5.
Yoga for Healthy Bones Evening class
This class will explore gentle yoga postures, resistance and weight bearing exercises, breathing techniques and relaxation. Special emphasis will be on individuals at risk for or diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Thic class will be held once monthly on the first Thursday of each month except for May which will be the second Thursday, May 10 Schedule amy be subject to change.
$15 per class, please register
Building a Strong Foundation please register
Yoga for Strength and Balance
In this class we will explore postures to build strength in the feet, ankles and legs.
We will use different techniques to improve our balance including yoga postures and other exercises. Special emphasis will be on the feet.
This class is designed for any age, however, special emphasis will be on the aging body from baby boomers to older adults.
We will have class the first three weeks of each month. $9 per class or all three for $25
Please reserve your space
Student comment about this class:
"Hold onto your hats-and legs and feet! Her focused and challenging exercises hone balance skills that we all need for independence and safety. Jeanne Russell's balance class is the perfect answer to our problems with balance. Routines are geared to each person's skill level, and the atmosphere is non-judgmental and friendly. Jeanne uses original and playful activities incorporating music and movement, so we always have fun while working hard." Elyse Demers, longtime student
Why Does Balance Get Worse as You Age?
Have you noticed that your balance seems to be deteriorating as the years go by? Many would say this is just a natural part of getting older, but there's a lot more to it than that.
Use It or Lose It
You've probably heard of the "use it or lose it" principle in regards to health and fitness. It basically states that if you don't get enough physical activity, your heart, bones, and muscles will get weaker.
This principle also applies to balance. If you don't regularly put your body in situations where it needs balance, your sense of balance will get worse. You are telling your brain and body, "Balance is not important to me."
Your body will adapt to your lifestyle. The brain does not see any reason to keep your sense of balance in good shape if it's not being used very much.
Balance and Aging
After a certain age, many people start to move less and less. This usually happens after retirement. Take a minute and think about how much activity you get on a typical day compared to twenty years ago.
Generally, as we get older, activities that involve a lot of movement (like sports, yard work, and playing with kids) are slowly replaced with activities that involve a lot of sitting (like reading, watching TV, playing cards, and going out to eat).
Here's the problem--movement requires balance, sitting does not.
The activities you were doing when you were younger were not only keeping your heart, bones, and muscles strong-they were also keeping your balance in good shape.
Over the years, as time spent moving decreased and time spent sitting increased, your sense of balance got less "exercise," which allowed it to deteriorate. It's a very gradual and slow process, but over a decade or two, it can really add up.
The good news is that the "use it or lose it" principle is a two-way street. Everyone knows that you can train your heart and muscles to make them stronger. You can also train your balance.
The key is to train your balance in a way that challenges you and stimulates improvement but also is done in a safe way.