Senior Classes at Still & Moving Center
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
- Chair Qigong
- Aloha Hula
- Yin Yoga & Yoga for the Stiffs
- Gentle Nia
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!”
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.
Enjoy the MELT method for Hands and Feet, along with a particularly flowing and mindful approach to Nia. MELT method helps restore, renew and revitalize your vital connective tissues. The fun-filled practice of Gentle Nia feels good in the joints, borrowing smooth moves from dance, yoga and the softer martial arts.
Start class by rehydrating and revitalizing your connective tissue with MELT method. This groundbreaking self-healing practice allows each student to renew interstitial fluids, which support the endocrine (hormonal) and immune systems throughout the entire body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restorative + Yoga Nidra
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 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.