Gentle Yoga is starting up again at MERA on January 7, 2019 at 10 am.

The winter session for Gentle Yoga will begin on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 at 10 am and run for 8 weeks
until Feb. 25, 2020.
Times: Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
All participants should come 15 minutes prior to the first class to fill out a brief participant
questionnaire and discuss any health issues relating to the Yoga practice. Marj will be available 15
minutes prior to each class to address any ongoing questions about participation in the program.
Date: 8 week block from Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 until Feb. 25, 2020.
Cost: $50 for 6 sessions for MERA members or 10 dollars/session as drop in or non-MERA member.
Should you have any questions please contact Marj Kenennlly at mandmkennelly@gmail.com.
If sessions need to be cancelled due to inclement weather, Marj will contact registered participants
either by Email or phone. Thank you to all who supported the fall program which ended on Nov. 26, 2019.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Come take the next step toward wellness. Yoga is a popular and age old mind-body practice that combines movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises to calm the nervous system and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga has been shown to decrease reports of pain, improve quality of sleep, decrease overall fatigue, and improve depressed moods. Yoga has also been shown to improve lung function, strength of inspiratory and expiratory muscle as well as skeletal strength and endurance.
Mindfulness and meditation training can build resilience, helping people cope with stress and manage potential triggers for anxiety. This proactive training can change an experience from reactive to proactive by providing people with coping strategies to deal with stressful situations. Skills learned on the mat can be generalized into everyday experience off the mat.
In gentle yoga, posture and breathing are emphasized. Supportive props and gravity assist can allow people to relax into postures and maintain them for longer periods to help reduce anxiety, increase energy and support physical and emotional well-being. Positions can be modified to allow full participation for a wide variety of participants. Gentle Yoga can also be a beneficial way for people to ease back into exercise.
Yoga Instructor: Marj Kennelly is a certified Yoga Instructor who has recently retired as a physiotherapist and moved to the McDonalds Corners region. Marj will not be practicing as a PT for this program but will bring her 30+ years of PT experience and knowledge to help guide a safe, healthy, Yoga practice.
Target Audience: Adults of any age are welcome. Must be able to independently get up and down from the floor. Participants are expected to bring their own Yoga Mat and dress in comfortable clothing. Any props like blocks or bolsters that they have used successfully in the past would be welcome in the practice.
Any adults interested in a chair based Yoga practice could contact Marj Kennelly directly to determine if there are numbers to support another group to meet this specific need.
Goals:
• To provide an accessible community based gentle Yoga program at MERA.
• To promote socialization through shared experience
• To deepen the understanding of Yoga and provide cues to further the individual’s practice.
• To provide a healthy physical challenge that promotes wellness
• To develop strategies to promote chest health and better mechanics of breathing
• To provide a chance for people to slow down and take care of themselves in a supportive healthy environment.
All participants should come 15 minutes prior to the first class to fill out a brief participant questionnaire and discuss any health issues relating to the Yoga practice. Marj will be available 15 minutes prior to each class to address any ongoing questions about participation in the program.