Gentle Yoga Here at WHS!

with Betsy Templeton

Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM, beginning 5/7

Register for your Yoga Class

If you need a slow, gentle way to practice yoga, this class is for you. Whether you need a safe introduction to yoga or you seek a way to successfully reconnect to yoga, the slower pace of this class will help you make your postures more accessible.
Goals include:
-Stretching for increased flexibility
-Improvement of balance to decrease risk of falling
-Gradual increases in strength to protect against aggravating former injuries
-An emphasis on deep relaxation

Gentle Yoga is often offered as a practice designed for seniors as a means for “graceful aging,” and indeed it is, but we also know the design and focus of this class is good for any age and level of ability.


Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM, 4/16

Registration required. Click here. 

Come to a 90-minute MELT Intro Workshop and experience immediate changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self-treatment you can do at home to reduce pain and remain active and healthy.

This all-levels class will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. Relieve aches and pains brought on by accumulated stress caused by aging and active living. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, and learn how to keep your whole body working better.

MELT by the Book
4-class series, Thursdays 7:30-8:45 PM, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 & 5/14 

Registration required. Click here.

In 4 weeks you will learn all of the moves in the best-selling book, The MELT Method by Sue Hitzmann. Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to reduce pain and remain active and healthy.

Learn how to:
-Identify where you have stress accumulated in your body, a major cause of aches and pains
-Use the MELT Hand and Foot Treatment, a unique indirect treatment for your whole body
-Improve your Body Sense and notice the changes as your body effortlessly finds greater alignment and balance
-Activate your own core strength and stability
-Use the MELT Soft Body Roller to rehydrate the tissues of your body for greater mobility and motion
-Safely and effectively decompress your own neck and low back
-Relieve common issues like headaches, insomnia, bloating, weight gain, and more!

WHS Spring Classes and Events

New Classes
Cardio Circuit Class with Melanie Dean
This intimate class, limited to seven students, could be your beginning to a healthier heart. Learn more…

Gentle Yoga with Betsy Templeton
If you need a slow, gentle way to practice yoga, this class is for you. Learn more…

MELT Intro Workshop with Leigh Johnson
Simple self-treatments you can do at home to reduce pain and remain active and healthy. Learn more…

MELT by the Book with Leigh Johnson
Learn all the moves in The MELT Method by Sue Hitzmann. Learn more…

Upcoming Events
Earth Day Plant Sale & Free Gardening Seminars
Heirloom plants, seminars on caring for gardens and houseplants, and beautiful garden art by Kathy Hopwood. Learn more…

New Trainer
WHS is happy to announce, Kathy Lawrence, our newest addition to the WHS Family. Learn more…

Health & Wellness Tips (from WebMD)

Cod filetTip #11: Fish Really is Brain Food
A protein source linked to a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: A diet with higher levels of them has been linked to lower dementia and stroke risks and slower mental decline; plus, they may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older. For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.

Tavocado-toastip #12: Add Avocados and Whole Grains
Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. A diet high in whole grains and fruits like avocados can cut the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells. Whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat, also contribute dietary fiber and vitamin E. Though avocados have fat, it’s the good-for-you, monounsaturated fat that helps with healthy blood flow.

Tip #13: Get Ready for a Big Daybagel with coffee
Want to power up your ability to concentrate? Start with a meal of 100% fruit juice, a whole-grain bagel with salmon, and a cup of coffee. In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, experts also offer this advice:
-Get a good night’s sleep
-Stay hydrated
-Exercise to help sharpen thinking
-Meditate to clear thinking and relax

Wellness Resources

Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says: People who felt like they were a part of their community had lower risk of heart attack.

WebMD News from HealthDay
by Robert Preidt (HealthDay Reporter)

The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women. The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into difficulty, and if they trusted most of their neighbors. Collectively, this is known as neighborhood social cohesion.

During the four years of follow-up, 148 (66 women and 82 men) had a heart attack. People who had reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion were less likely to suffer a heart attack, the study found.    Specifically, a single unit increase in neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a 17 percent reduced risk of heart attack, according to the findings published online Aug. 18,2014 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Read More…