Senior Classes at Still & Moving Center
Still & Moving Center offers 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:
- Tai-chi for Better Balance
- Aloha Hula
- Yin Yoga & Yoga for the Stiffs
- Gentle Nia
- Tai Chair
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 nominal cost. These activities encourage people of all ages to come together to celebrate, to learn and participate in a richly multi-cultural community.
Healthy Heart Class Choices
Still & Moving Center is devoted to providing healing experiences to its students through classes and workshops, and to its clients through massage and other therapies. Open 7 days a week in a beautiful 6,000 square foot building, with 4 movement studios and a massage room, Still & Moving Center’s motto is: “Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!”
Aloha Tuesday & Friday Hula
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.
Feldenkrais meets Qigong
No experience is necessary for this gentle, healing class. This Feldenkrais – Qigong practice will increase your longevity and health, develop your coordination, mobility and resilient nervous system. The Feldenkrais method will help you to find a more grounded, balanced stance and an elongated, open spine, which allows the qigong energy to flow more easily and more potently. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais brought the East and West together to assist in his own healing and development: he was a western physicist who studied the brain and was a Black Belt of Judo. Qigong master Yang Yang called Feldenkrais “lying down Qigong”. Eva Geueke is inspired by her long practice of the Feldenkrais method and her learning of Qigong to create this fusion practice.
Foam Roller Tension Release
Ready to relieve those tired, stiff and achy muscles? Using your body weight and your own agility along with a firm foam roller, you can “roll out” for better health, simulating a deep rolling massage! Muscles that are injured, fatigued, tight or knotted do not fire properly, causing pain and stiffness. Rolling out breaks down knotted muscle tissue, increasing blood flow, improving flexibility, and releasing tension. Whether you’ve been sitting in a chair working all day, running a marathon, or somewhere in between, after a good roll out, you’ll feel the muscles relax and the tension ebb. This deep tissue “self massage” goes hand in hand with the stretching you would ordinarily do both before and after a workout. As a bonus, rolling also engages your core and strengthens your abs! Let’s roll!
Gentle Nia is a fun-filled movement class that feels good in the joints, borrowing smooth moves from dance, yoga and the softer martial arts. Take care of your body and listen to how it is telling you to move. Move more smoothly and softly with even more TLC than in a classic or athletic Nia class. The songs selected for this class are at a somewhat slower pace. Simplified movement transitions eliminate fast footwork. The moves are geared to increase joint mobility while eliminating joint impact. Gentle Nia still provides options for cardio-aerobic workout if the student so chooses. Warm-up and cool-down prepares the body for the next activity while increasing balance, flexibility and strength. Adaptations to chair Nia is possible depending on individual student needs – please contact instructor in advance. For more insight on Nia, please go to www.nianow.com.
A deliciously refreshing dance experience tailored for over 40s. Come and enjoy some simple dance moves and old school music that you can let your hair down to (requests are welcome). This class is a facilitated dance class aimed at making your body feel good! We focus on efficient joint movement, flexibility, moderate heart rate increase, co-ordination, feel good moves and optional karaoke! See you on the dance floor.
Quiet and restful places are now available to Still & Moving Center students several times a week for silent, sitting meditation. This is a time and space for finding peace and stillness within, and for sending positive thoughts and healing vibrations into the world. No charge, no teacher, no leader. No talking, no cell phones or devices. Your time alone in the company of other seekers.
Oli Basics (Hawaiian Chanting)
In this half hour class, students are led through voice warm ups and introduced to basic chanting techniques. Chants for various occasions will be taught and we will work on composing a special oli for the class.
Pilates Mat & Ball
Let’s tone up! Condition your core with slow, moderate movement with a fun, motivating teacher. Each week May will offer a different focus for class, for progressively teaching you effective body mechanics. Use isometrics for stabilization, and use your whole body for core balance on the ball. The class will increase your range of strength and mobility. End class feeling fitter than when you started!
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.
Restore & Awaken – Nia 5 Stages of Healing
Awaken your body Sunday mornings with a healing movement practice. This is a great way to keep or restore the ability to get down on the flow and play with the kids or grandkids!
Allow yourself time to slow down, explore your body’s anatomy, and restore your body from the inside out. Reconnect to five stages of human development – Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Ease your body into reclaiming its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability.
Like yoga, much of this practice is done on the floor, or smoothly and easily going down to and coming up from the floor. Modifications are made if your body is not ready to make it all the way down to the floor. In each session, Vicky will focus on a specific aspect of the human body as it relates to the whole. Reintroduce your body to yourself and learn and restore the beauty and dynamic ability of your body’s anatomical structure.
SatSang and Vegetarian Potluck
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. Participants are invited to share a favorite vegetarian dish. No cost.
Shoulder Freedom with the Fitness Cue
Experience the freedom of your muscle tissues being happy, healthy and strong. If you or your loved ones are stiff and tight in the neck, shoulders and upper back and you spend a lot of your time in front of a computer, this class is the right fit. The Fitness Cue® is an innovative tool that offers a new and effective way to lengthen, strengthen muscles and correct imbalances. Realign your spine, regain flexibility in your shoulder area and improve proprioception by re-educating proper body mechanics.
In these gentle exercises – both seated and off the chair – we focus on the breath for relaxation, bringing together the connection of mind, body & spirit. Improve posture, alignment, strength and balance to the whole body. Each pose focuses on stretching the muscles and connective tissue to build a strong foundation for your entire system. Light weight work augments fitness. Form and shape the body while liberating the mind. Easy to learn exercises to help mobility and have special healing and soothing properties. Suitable for people with arthritis and diabetes, as well as entry level participants.
Tai Chi + Qigong
Qigong and Tai Chi uniquely enhance our ability to relax while moving. Qigong is the health and longevity practice behind the Chinese martial arts. Tai Chi is itself a martial art that increases our sensitivity to our internal world. This class warm ups with Qigong and closes with Tai Chi. Bruno offers the opportunity to practice push hands and self-defense for an extra 15 minutes after the class hour ends.
Qigong moves our entire body through exercises in place, circulating the life force called qi (chi) and deepening our breath. The extensive benefits of Qigong include more energy, focused mind, positive outlook and lightheartedness.
This traditional Yang style Tai Chi, 128-movement form moves in gentle, precise sequences the across the floor. It develops our alignment, balance, flexibility and coordination. Gradually learning the form engages our memory, while the deliberate pace enhances our mental calm.
Women’s Yoga is soft and intuitive. It guides us through gentle yet powerful movements that help us soften and center. Yogic movement is combined with healing touches, meditation and poetry. It’s not a traditional asana practice, but instead it draws inspiration from yoga, dance and ancient female practices to create something that is truly nourishing for the female body and spirit. Come to class and leave feeling as if you’ve spent the day at a luxurious spa.
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 and physical 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.
Have fun while improving your focus, eye-hand coordination, balance and aim. Great training to concentrate your attention. Using intuitive aiming techniques, come to a better consciousness of your body as you mindfully work on perfecting your technical skill. Learn the mechanics of shooting, gain information about the equipment and enjoy Linda’s positive encouragement! Class will include target shooting, balance drills, moving archer skills as well as moving target practice. After completion of 6 regular classes, you qualify to attend a Workshop held at Kokohead Shooting Range where you will experience shooting target arrows in an outdoor setting.