Health and Wellness Classes


FREE Online Group Health and Wellness Classes:

ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM.

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Adapted Yoga for Stroke Survivors: Strength, Balance, Flexibility

Thursdays at 11:30am
Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2021
Live on Zoom

  • a 1-hour neurorehabilitation-focused, chair-assisted and mat yoga class, with added strengthening exercises, and ending with a secular iRest meditation.
  • People of all abilities are welcome. The class includes standing balance exercises (while holding onto a chair) and some mat work, but participants can opt out of those exercises and remain seated for the whole class.
  • Taught by Rachel Torres (below), who has over 500 hours of yoga teaching experience, an MS in exercise physiology, and extensive knowledge of stroke.
Head shot of a smiling woman

Moving Forward After Spinal Cord Injury:
An Online Peer Discussion

Every other Sunday 4-6pm
Jan 31; Feb 14; Feb 28; Mar 14.
Live on Zoom

  • a 4-session, peer-led discussion group about learning to move forward and adapt in order to achieve a quality of life worth living. Discussions will be based on peer-requested topics, including adaptations in daily life, health, personal care, relationships, etc.
  • The facilitator of this discussion is Chris Lanham, who suffered a C5 spinal cord injury in 2002 when he was 18 years old.
  • Chris has a BS in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Louisville. He is a co-owner/founder of Blue Sky Case Management. In his free time, Chris enjoys making assistive technology devices with off-the-shelf equipment, fishing, hunting, yard work, racing RC cars, and general tinkering.

Yoga for Every Body:
for people with paralysis and family/caregivers

Monday and Wednesday at 5:30pm
Feb 8 – Mar 3, 2021
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Live on Zoom

  • Twice a week 1-hour classes for people of every ability, especially people with paralysis and their family/caregivers.
  • Exercises will be adapted so everyone can benefit.
  • Particular focus given to core strength, flexibility, and stress reduction.
  • Taught by Monica Sweeney Johnson, who is a KBN certified Registered Nurse.
  • Monica is a certified Yoga Instructor, with 20 years of teaching experience, and a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
  • She has worked closely with Matthew Sanford, a paraplegic Iyengar teacher.

Online Wheelchair Fitness

Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00am via Zoom, December 2, 2020 – January 29, 2021

This class is a wheelchair-based, moderate to vigorous intensity, cardiovascular exercise class. The intensity and complexity of the exercise will start at an accessible pace, and increase as the class progresses to keep you challenged.
Each class is an hour long with interactive instruction and time for Q&A. No equipment is necessary.
The instructor is certified personal trainer Ben Clark, who has a C-7 spinal cord injury (pictured left). He was a competitive swimmer before his injury, and has been teaching online exercise classes for 3 1/2 years. You can see his exercise videos on his Adapt to Perform YouTube channel.
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN before classes begin to determine if this activity is advisable for you. A signed waiver and release will be required of each participant.

The video below is a recording of a portion of the first Wheelchair Fitness class. Ben advised participants to grab a towel, or broom stick, or something that can be grasped with both hands, if possible. He uses a piece of pvc pipe that is a little over 3 feet long.
PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER. By clicking on the video start button, I certify that I have read and understand the following:
The Wheelchair Fitness class is a moderate- to vigorous-intensity cardiovascular exercise class. It is my responsibility to determine with my healthcare provider my fitness for engaging in this activity. Although normal responses to exertion may be expected, if I experience any unusual pain, discomfort, faintness, dizziness, or shortness of breath while engaging with the video I should cease and consult with my health care provider.

1. Wheelchair Fitness Class 12/2/20 Interval training workout
2. Wheelchair Fitness Class 12/9/20 Core and Cardio (part 1 of 2). For core, do the first set of exercises 3 times. (first 2 sets were mistakenly not recorded)
Wheelchair Fitness Class 12/9/20 Cool Down
(Part 2 of 2)
3. Wheelchair Fitness Class 12/11/20 20 min Low Intensity (70%) Solid State (LISS) workout + cooldown
4. Wheelchair Fitness Class 1/8/21, 40 min: warm up, Pyramid workout, and cool down.

Beginner Adapted Chair Yoga for Core Strength, Better Breathing, Deeper Sleep (ends 11/19/20)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30a.m. via Zoom, ENDED NOVEMBER 19
This class is especially for people with paralysis and their family/caregivers. Everyone can participate.
Yoga includes physical movements as well as an opportunity for relaxation, stress reduction and relief of muscular tension. This is low-intensity exercise. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN before classes begin to determine if this activity is advisable for you.

Taught by Rachel Torres, MS, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, CIFT iRest Level 1 instructor.

PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER. By clicking on the video start button, I certify that I have read and understand the following:
Yoga includes physical movements, including bending and twisting, as well as an opportunity for relaxation, stress reduction and relief of muscular tension. This is low-intensity exercise. Although normal responses to exertion may be expected, if I experience any unusual pain, discomfort, faintness, dizziness, or shortness of breath while engaging with the video I should cease and consult with my health care provider.

1. Beginner Chair Yoga for Core Strength, Better Breathing, Deeper Sleep 11/13/20 47 min long w/24 minute meditation
2. Beginner Chair Yoga for Core Strength, Better Breathing, Deeper Sleep 11/17/20 51 min long w/18 minute meditation
3. Beginner Chair Yoga for Core Strength, Better Breathing, Deeper Sleep 11/19/20, 52 min w/14 min meditation

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The classes described are supported by Grant Number 90PRRC0001-01-00 from the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Wellness Edge staff and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Community Living Or HHS.