Hebrides Dance and Wellbeing Studio has secured funding from Health Improvement to run a series of dance and movement classes aimed at encouraging active ageing in Over 60s.
Throughout May there will be a series of free taster classes designed to give new participants a chance to see what is available, and to help decide what classes will be offered over the next year. All classes will be in Hebrides Dance & Wellbeing Studio based at Stornoway Golf Club and will be taught by tutor Kirstie Anderson.
For people growing older, active lifestyle is more important than ever and can help boost energy, maintain independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. And not only is exercise good for the body, it’s also good for improving mood, energy levels and memory - dancing in particular has been revealed as the best physical exercise for preventing dementia.
Kirstie said, “You may feel discouraged by ongoing health problems, or worries about injuries or falls. You might think you’re too old, unco-ordinated or stiff, or that the class might just not be for you. While these may seem like good reasons to slow down and take it easy as you age, they're actually even better reasons to get moving. Dance and movement to music classes can energise your mood, relieve stress, help you manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your overall sense of well-being. In fact, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older. And it can even be fun, too, especially if you find like-minded people to exercise with, learning something new and with the additional mood booster of music.”
There are a range of classes for those with different levels of fitness and ease of movement including mat based classes, chair based classes and standing classes. The chair based Movement to Music chair is based on the popular Groovy Movers class but without having to stay on your feet. Likewise there is a chair based Stretch and Strengthen class based on some elements of Yoga and Pilates leaving participants feeling relaxed and more flexible, but for anyone who isn’t keen on getting up and down from a mat on the floor.
Kirstie added, “Most of all we try to keep our classes fun and lighthearted - we don't take them too seriously and neither should you. There will be lots of opportunities to make new friends too as we will also be holding related social events throughout the year. It can be daunting starting something new but we'll do our best to make our classes as welcoming as possible so please come and give it a go!”
Timetable of free taster classes:
Gentle Yoga Thursday 12th May 11.30 - 12pm
A gentle class to release stiffness and tension from all parts of the body.
Balanced Body Friday 13th May 10 - 10.30am
A combination of gentle exercise, incorporating some yoga, Pilates and general exercises (including barre work) to improve balance, co-ordination, flexibility.
Gentle Pilates Friday 13th May 10.30 – 11am
Improve posture, strengthen your body and help prevent back pain.
Chair based Stretch & Strengthen Tuesday 17th May 12 – 12.30pm
Chair based stretch and strengthen is aimed at relieving tension in the body, stretching out stiff backs, shoulders and necks and calming body and mind.
Chair based Movement to Music Thursday 19th May 11.30 - 12pm
Increase energy levels, fitness and vitality in this fun seated class to variety of music.
Also drop in any time to our Weekly Groovy Movers over 50's Movement to Music class followed by refreshments in Golf Club bar £2