Hello !! As the year winds up, I'm looking ahead to some new classes. Check out details below for: ▪ an end-of-year, more interactive workshop on De

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Hello !!

As the year winds up, I'm looking ahead to some new classes. Check out details below for:

an end-of-year, more interactive workshop on Dec 13th for those who have been in Awareness Through Movement® classes
a new chair-based class class in January for those unable to get to the floor
a second Mindful Movement with Parkinson's Class

Thanks for your interest and support this year.

Happy Holidays!


Take in the GOOD -- Counteract the Negative

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This time of year can be difficult for many people. AIn addition, following one of the more negative and divisive national campaigns in our country's history, many people are disappointed or feeling down. Perhaps about the outcome, but often by how the whole election process unfolded. What to do? I'm reminded of an article I shared a couple of years ago.

Our brains evolved with a "negativity bias" writes neuropsychologist Rick Hanson in Hardwiring Happiness. We are alert for negative information and often over-react, storing the experience in our brain. Unfortunately, too much time in this more reactive state can lead to stress-induced physical ailments, anxiety, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. We are then less able to relate to others with patience, love and compassion.

"Taking in the Good" allows us to re-bias the brain, to use its ability to change (neuroplasticity) to more easily find and learn from positive experiences, and to develop the inner resources that allow us to cope with life's challenges. The result is greater contentment, joy, gratitude, compassion and happiness.

How to do it --
* notice a good experience or fact and allow yourself to consciously feel good about it for ten, twenty, even thirty seconds.
* Really enjoy the experience, letting it fill your senses. Actively intending and sensing it sinking in furthers the impact in the brain.

These can be very ordinary and simple experiences: how good that cup of coffee tastes, the beauty of some aspect of nature, the warm feeling after talking with a friend. (Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, Rick Hanson, Pd.D., 2001, pp 19-21)

Try it out for yourself...and keep at it. It's like filling a big bucket one drop at a time. With the year coming to a close, it's a perfect time to reflect and grow the good, giving ourselves the gift of less stress in the process.

Oh, and Rick has a free weekly e-letter called Just One Thing. You can sign up here.

Taking Attention into Action - December Workshop


Each week we lie on the floor, or sit or stand or walk a bit. And we pay attention. It's a good training ground, but let's take it a step farther: into doing a task (or two) while we also pay attention to how we are using ourselves.

For students with previous ATM experience

Tuesday, Dec 13 -- 12 noon - 1: 15 pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis -- Cost: $10

Space Limited - Contact Marg to Pre-register by Monday, Dec 12

Quick Line-up for January Classes

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Free Your Hips and Low Back

Improve the flexibility & coordination of your spine & pelvis
Move through life with less pain, stiffness and effor
Enjoy improved upright posture, balance and ease.

Tuesdays Jan 10 - Feb 14 -- 10:30 - 11:30 am

Where: Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave


Tuesdays Jan 10 - Feb 14 -- 12 noon - 1 pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis

New Chair-based Class for Posture & Balance


For those unable to get to and from the floor

• Improve upright alignment, flexibility and balance
• Learn strategies to more easily stand up from a chair
• Stand and walk with greater confidence
Class size limited – pre-registration required

Wednesdays 10 - 11 am -- Jan 10 - Feb 15

Where: Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave
Cost: $35 Resident, $43.75 non-resident, NO drop-in
Register at Senior Center

Please contact me to discuss your participation and any concerns.

Additional Class for People with Parkinson's

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If you are beginning or returning to exercise after a setback or are not comfortable with getting down to the floor, there is now a Mindful Movement Class for you!

Thursdays 1:15 - 2:15 pm

And if you've been in classes awhile and are comfortable with floor work (and the getting back up!) New time.

Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 pm

BOTH CLASSES -- Jan 5, 12, 19 and 26 -- Location: Fitness Over Fifty

6735 SW Country Club Drive Corvallis -- $40 for monthly series; Drop-in $12/class

New students--first class session free!

Please check with me first to confirm availability and the right class for you.

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