Programs that exercise the mind, body, and spirit.
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Classes

The L.I.F.E. Center meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Sakura Room of Issei Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. A daily participant fee of $4 provides seniors with a Continental breakfast, a healthy, well-balanced lunch, and participation in all the activities of the Center.

 

Class Descriptions

Tai Chi

Will be resuming in September of 2019 on Wednesdays

Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is a centuries-old Chinese self-defense discipline for health, relaxation, meditation, and self-cultivation. It emphasizes relaxation and inner calm and can be learned by anyone regardless of age, sex, or athletic ability. It is practiced slowly and evenly in circular patterns.
Sometimes called Chinese or Taoist yoga, Tai Chi emphasizes relaxation and inner calm rather than strength. It can be learned by anyone regardless of age, sex, or athletic ability. It is practiced slowly and evenly in circular patterns.
Tai Chi has the capability to produce strength physically by the proper repetition of the movements. Tai Chi Chuan is considered a healing exercise because of it’s reputation for alleviating many ailments. It improves circulation, balance, and helps relax and strengthen the nervous system. The movements help to tone up muscles and relieve tension.
Along with Tai Chi students learn basic Chi Gong (Oigong) exercises. Chi Gong literally means “energy work”. Chi Gong helps develop the flow of “Chi” or life-force energy throughout the body and helps to energize and rejuvenate one’s feeling of overall well-being.
 

Cardio and Stretchercize

Cardio Gold
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am to 10 am

Cardio Gold is a low impact cardio dance class,

Similar to “Zumba” that includes fun salsa, jazz, and hip hop moves to provide a great cardiovascular workout. The class is set to an upbeat mix of Latin, funk, and dance music, to get the students moving and grooving to the beats.

The instructor, Aria Dreifuss, has been teaching at the Senior Life Center for over 6 years and also owns Aria’s To The Pointe dance studio in Rocklin. She loves meeting new students and teaching motivated individuals of all ages and experience levels!

Silver Stretchercize
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 am to 11 am

Silver Stretchercize combines a mix of seated stretches, gentle resistance training, light cardio, and ballet-inspired moves to increase balance, strength, and range of motion. The class also includes exercises to stimulate the mind and improve muscle coordination, all set to nostalgic music from the 50s and 60s.

The instructor, Aria Dreifuss, has been teaching at the Senior Life Center for over 6 years, and also owns Aria’s To The Pointe dance studio in Rocklin. She encourages students to participate at their own pace, listen to their bodies, and have fun!

Approximately 70% of the exercises in class are performed seated, and all exercises can be done in a chair, if preferred.

Both Cardio Gold and Silver Stretchercize classes are good for a variety of fitness levels, and participants are encouraged to exercise at their own pace, and modify if needed. Please consult a physician before starting a new exercise program or fitness regimen.

Sewing and Crafting

Thursdays 9 am to 12 noon

This class is offered by Janice Shoemaker.  She assists the attendees in whatever quilting, sewing, crocheting or knitting project that they need help with. The center has sewing machines to use, fabric for sale at $2.00 a yard, yarn for sale at $1.00 a yard. Additionally, the center has a skein, thread, scissors, cutting boards, cutting mats, rotary cutters, reference books and much more!

Art

Tuesday 9:30 am to 12 noon

This class has been offered by Charlene Rose and Geoff Norman for 12 years continuously. Each June an art show is held that produces 60 to 70 original pictures from 8 or so artists. The class style is ‘self-directed’, meaning that members choose their own separate subject matters and receive any guidance, example etc. they might need to complete that picture. It is impressive and encouraging how many new beginners are able to paint ‘from the get-go’ with the least instruction. Materials accepted are watercolor, acrylics, pastels, pencils etc. but not oil paints.

Music Class

Every Other Thursday from 11 AM to 12 Noon

Come join us as we sing together in a choir of a variety of different classic songs! We learn how to understand rhythm, harmonize with one another, but most importantly, have fun! We sing rock, country, R&B and popular songs.

The music instructor, Danielle Meyer, leads the choir while accompanying on the piano. She has a Bachelors Degree in Music from CSUS. She has led choirs and taught music lessons for 13 years. 

Chair Yoga

Tuesday and Thursdays 11 am to 12 noon

This class is offered by Sandra Main. Sandra was trained by a Yoga master in the late 1980s. (Sarawathi Devi, Berkeley, CA) Sandra has continued to be a Yoga student since that time. This class benefits the participant in many ways. First, doing Yoga while supported by a chair a mature person can increase their flexibility of their body. Next, by using the breath while engaging in simple Yoga poses, one’s balance can be improved while stimulating a sense of well-being. Last, by doing Yoga over time, the Calm Response is evoked in the Nervous System which can lead to enhanced cognitive functioning.