Experience the benefits of Energy Yoga with Paullene at the SunBird Golf Resort, Navajo Room, upper level.
Morning: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 7:40 to 8:50 a.m.
Afternoon: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 to 5:10 p.m.
Classes will start on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day. Note: No afternoon yoga on Mondays during September
If you decided to take the classes in Sun Lakes, you will be in good shape (yoga-wise) to start again after a month off from my classes. You may wish to continue the classes in Sun Lakes, as they are at a different time and are also on Saturday and Sundays. Those classes will not be available after October. The new fitness center in Cottonwood will only be open to the residents in Cottonwood and Palo Verde. As time goes on, it may be available to members of other Robson communities.
For the September classes, I am adding certain breathing exercises called pranayama, which will help enliven your body. We will continue the slapping or tapping, as this ancient martial arts energizes the body and gets the energy, or qi, flowing through the body. We do this at the beginning or during most of the classes. It is a good practice for you to do at home to wake up your body and spirit. Research has shown that this exercise increases circulation, reduces blood pressure, and produces a positive attitude.
The other yogic exercises like warrior 1, warrior 2, deer/pigeon pose, and cat/cow movements to increase strength and flexibility. As we get older, we tend to lose bone and muscle mass. The micro facia—the connective tissues—become stiffened, and the joints then don’t work very well. It takes consistent yoga practice to increase both bone density and muscle mass and flexibility.
One does not have to be super flexible, just enough to enjoy doing things like playing golf, tennis, tying your shoes, and putting on socks without strain. The body mostly gets stiff because of non-use and poor posture in standing and sitting. Enjoy exercising your whole body by increasing strength and flexibility through joint rotations and stretching. The body is meant to move and not sit so much. The inner organs function much better when the whole body is moved.
Nidra Yoga is done on the second Tuesday for the morning class and the second and/or fourth Tuesdays for the afternoon class. This is a relaxing and meditative practice to relieve stress. Either lie down on a mat or relax in a chair. Listen to Paullene’s voice as your body relaxes and your mind is guided into a restful state of consciousness and awareness. This gives the cells and chance to recuperate while you are quieting the mind.
Remember, new participants are welcome. Just follow along and feel the camaraderie of a shared yoga energy. Bring a donation and a mat. There are some mats in the room.
How do I sign up? Call or text Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or email [email protected]