Types of Classes and the Schedule
We welcome Sun City West Owner-Members, Associates, and Tenants, and their accompanied guests, regardless of fitness level or yoga experience.  Your teacher will help you take your practice where you'd like to go.  Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing, and physical movements brings health benefits with regular participation. 

For the schedule of our in-studio classes, see In-Studio Class Schedule.  For the schedule of online classes offered by instructors, see Online Classes.
Mat Yoga

Mat yoga is practiced on a mat and refers to a set of physical exercises known as asanas, or postures, sequenced to align your muscles and bones.  The postures are designed to open the many channels of the body — especially the main channel, the spine — so that energy can flow freely. 

Class equipment should minimally include your own yoga mat, yoga block(s), strap, and water.  Check the class description for specific requirements.

You must be able to comfortably get up from, and down to, the floor unassisted.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch and bend.

Levels:  Varies by class (Level is specified on class schedule.)

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support.

 

These classes are recommended for individuals who may have difficulty getting up and down off the floor due to mobility or recuperative issues.  Often the poses, or asanas, are adaptations of Hatha yoga poses.

Levels:  Varies by class (Level is specified on class schedule.)

Specialized Mat Yoga

These classes can benefit all ages and abilities and involves a selection of poses to improve strength, flexibility, and balance. 

 

For those with flexibility challenges and chronic pain, these classes can help improve functional movement.  Each class will vary on intensity and variation.  

Levels:  Varies by class (Level is specified on class schedule.)

Click on the class names below to see their descriptions.

Pilates

Pilates is a mind-body workout based on six principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow.  Each exercise and movement sequence embodies these six principles.  Posture, balance, and pelvic floor function will be improved.

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that can be performed standing, supine, prone, or seated.  These classes will focus on mat-based exercises that engage specific muscle groups.  Check the class description for specific equipment requirements.

All Levels.

Click on the class name below to see its description.

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Click on the class names below to see their descriptions.

Therapeutic Yoga

Taught by qualified instructors, therapeutic yoga classes can focus on one or more areas of the body, or the entire body, in a single class.  Focus may change from week to week.

 

Depending upon the class, emphasis on common ailments or issues, flexibility, strength, or other conditions will be addressed.  Classes may address arthritis, low back pain, soft tissue, sciatica, shoulders/neck, hips/knees, hands, feet, etc.

 

Class equipment will vary from class to class.  At a minimum, you should have your own yoga mat, yoga block(s), strap, and water.  Other equipment may include a small pillow, a yoga blanket, or foam roller. Be sure to read the class description to understand those requirements.

 

 You must be able to comfortably get up from, and down to, the floor unassisted.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch and bend.

Levels:  Varies by class (Level is specified on class schedule.)

Good to Know!

Please Use Fragrances Sparingly in Class
Most of us don’t even think about chemical sensitivities when we spray on perfume or cologne, but for some residents this can be a severe problem, so the Rec Centers have asked the community to keep this in mind as they go about their activities and attend our events.

 

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Jan Stittleburg has provided these Qigong resources for beginners

8 Brocades Qigong, a very simple set of exercises to move the energy thru the body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-0JpiJu-o&feature=youtu.be

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 1, a set of 18 simple exercises for moving the upper body: https://youtu.be/bAbEzmH0TPs

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 2, a set of 18 slightly more exertive exercises for moving the upper and lower body: https://youtu.be/_SliEplK_Ss

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 3, another set of 18 exercises for moving the upper and lower body, I do this one regularly:  https://youtu.be/3cgO9EOoRaI

 

8 Minute Daily Tai Chi, a very easy to follow beginners practice:  https://youtu.be/PNtWqDxwwMg This is by Don Fiore, who has other similar videos on YouTube, all good to try.

Evon Rubenstein has provided these resources to combat stress and boost your immune system
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