September is Healthy Aging Month. One way to keep older adults feeling young and active is participating in a regular physical fitness program. As a way to bring something new to their daily exercise routine, The Arboretum has introduced their seniors to a new style Yoga class. What makes this class different is that the yoga movements are choreographed to sound effects created by the cello. While the class incorporates stretching and basic yoga concepts to help increase endurance and flexibility, the addition of the music keeps the participants motivated and engaged – all while having fun!
In this photo, Sue True is demonstrating the ‘Lion Face’ exercise focusing on stretching the facial muscles. Thea Vorass is using her music therapy background by adding music to simulate a lion roar.
Thea Vorass, Lifestyle Director stated, “Our yoga class started in May and has been a hit! I incorporate live cello music which helps facilitate the movements while an instructor helps talk the participants through and mirror the movements to be done. Staff does a great job making this group fun by using different animated movements and sound effects. The music helps to create a calming atmosphere and helps give cues to the movements and breathing.”
Gentle Yoga is offered weekly and is one of the many exercise classes available for The Arboretum’s older adults to take advantage of. Physical fitness is not the only cornerstone of The Arboretum’s programming - - they focus on offering programs geared to the overall well being of each individual who lives there.
The Arboretum, located at W180 N7890 Town Hall Road in Menomonee Falls, is a Laureate Group independent and assisted living senior community that offers an active lifestyle for older adults. For more information contact 262-253-0909 or view their website at www.laureategroup.com.
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