Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts GENTLE YOGA
Building a Strong Foundation please register
Portsmouth Center for Yoga/Arts (location map)
Wednesday, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
02/05/20 (1 week)

Building a Strong Foundation

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.