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Chair Yoga is coming in September! Chair yoga is a wonderful way for everyone to access the many benefits of yoga. Yoga calms the nervous system, increases strength and mobility and, through gentle stretching, increases blood flow to joints and muscles.

Starting Wednesday, September 11, Mount Pleasant resident Catharine will lead weekly chair yoga classes. Catharine has been practicing yoga since the early 1980s and would love to share her passion for yoga with you.

All you need is your MPCA membership (just $5/family/year for anyone age 65 and over) and comfortable clothing. You will be practicing in bare feet or socks only, no special shoes required. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it to put under your chair. You won’t be getting down on the floor, only your mat will!

Drop-in classes are available on Wednesdays (except the fourth Wednesday of each month) starting September 11, 2024, for just $8 a class. Class time is 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. All classes will take place in the Upper Hall, 602 22 Ave NW. For more information, please contact Catharine at [email protected] or 587-897-5887.

Tai-Chi: Tai-Chi will be back in September with classes scheduled twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 until 10:00 am in the Upper Hall. Monday classes will focus on beginners though all, regardless of age and experience, are welcome both days. Tai-Chi is a great way to improve your balance, flexibility, memory, and concentration. Sign up for one or both classes each week or come on a drop-in basis. The cost will depend on the number of people who sign up but usually it is around $4 per class for the session and $5 per class drop-in.

Exercise Class for All Fitness Levels: Our exercise class takes July and August off, but we’ll be back at it come September. If you’re a fan of high-intensity burpees, mountain climbers, lunges and much more, this class may be just what you’re looking for. If you’d like a more laid-back class to increase your fitness level or just get in some physical activity, you can accomplish that, too. The instructor accommodates all fitness levels with easier and more challenging variations to meet all goals. And it’s available on Zoom Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This is a convenient way for people who work from home or have children to get in a workout during the day without leaving home.

If you would like to try a free class to see if this class meets your needs, please contact Linda at [email protected] or call 403 289-8390. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome, whether you want a low, moderate, or high intensity work out. The classes are designed to improve aerobic fitness, balance, strength, and flexibility – how energetic you are is up to you. You can sign up for one or more classes per week or come on a drop-in basis. The cost is only $7 per class when you sign up for the remaining classes in the session or $12 per class drop-in.

Classes are held September through June on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:00 am (in the Upper Hall and on Zoom) and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 am (Zoom only but we are experimenting with Zoom classes at the hall for those who like to socialize too). If you are new to the class, please come to the hall initially to allow the instructor to assess your fitness level and speak with you about your goals.

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