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Health and Wellness Programs

On-island programs and classes

Block Island Health, Wellness and Fitness Classes

 

Balance & Strength Training
Tuesday & Thursday
2:30 pm Seated Class
3:30 pm All Ages Class
Location: Community Center
Sponsored by Senior Advisory Committee
Anna Christina Senior Coordinator annachristina133@gmail.com
Instructors: Vary
With simple hand weights participants train in physical fitness, injury rehabilitation and to increase balance and endurance.

 

Caregiver Support Group
Every other Friday 4pm, Community Center
Location: Community Center
Facilitator: Kerri Spier newperspectivesspier@aol.com
Sponsored by Senior Advisory Committee
Anna Christina Senior Coordinator annachristina133@gmail.com

Kerri Spier leads a Caregiver Support Group on Block Island for those who care for their loved ones. It is important for caregivers to have a place to express themselves and their concerns and experiences in a safe, understanding environment. Within this group, you can expect to receive emotional support, practical assistance with the problems you face and the latest information about caregiver support. 
All group sessions are confidential and free of charge

 

Chair Aerobics
Tuesday and Friday 10:30 am
Location: Old Harbor Church
Instructor: Robin Vila

Robin Vila, Health and Wellness Instructor

Robin Vila, Health and Wellness Instructor

The chair aerobics class is a vigorous and uptempo activity that includes some mild interval work. The focus is on range of motion and joint mobility and core strengthening. There are usually between 3 and 8 participants, and it is 30 minutes long. It works well for a person of any age who sits for long periods of time and wants a program to do mid-day. It is ideal for older people who would like to increase their fitness and well-being. Robin likes to think of the chair as an exercise apparatus, not just a place to sit.

About the Instructor, Robin Vila:
Robin is 55 years old and has been living on Block Island for 37 years. She has two adult children who were raised here, 4 dogs and a horse, and she has been teaching a variety of fitness classes on Island since 1981. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation as a Chair Exercise Instructor, and is certified by the International Fitness Association as an Aerobics Instructor.

 

Nia
Mondays and Fridays at 5 pm
Location: Library Basement
Instructor: Cindy Kelly
Suggested donation $3-$10

Cindy Kelly, Nia Instructor

Cindy Kelly, Nia Instructor

Combining movement forms derived from Dance, Martial Arts and the Healing Arts (Yoga and the techniques of Feldenkrais and Alexander), the practice of Nia improves balance, strength, flexibility, agility, stability and cardiovascular health. The classes are 50-60 minutes long and are conducted to an eclectic mix of great music. 

Nia emphasizes conscious movement and listening to the voice of one’s own body to create holistic health and physical fitness.  Participants are encouraged to move at her/his preferred level of intensity while focusing on joy of movement, not the outdated adage “no pain, no gain”.

About the Instructor: 
Cindy Kelly began leading her own aerobic fitness classes when she moved to Block Island full time in 1989.  She discovered and became certified in Nia in 2010 and is now a Blue Belt level Nia instructor.  
cindykelly1@verizon.net
401-466-5694

 

Tabata Training 
Monday and Wednesday 7:30 am
Location: Old Harbor Church
Instructor: Robin Vila

The Tabata class is high intensity interval training. It consists of seven 4 minute segments, broken down into intervals of 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off. There is a 5 minute warm up, then seven different exercises (push-ups, planks, burpees, squats, etc) done in 20 second intervals, with an 8 minute cool down/stretch at the end, so about 45 minutes total. It can be modified to meet most anyone’s needs, but is best suited to those with a moderate level of fitness. The class stresses working together to keep everyone on track. It is a fantastic way to step up a level and build cardio fitness.

 

Tai Chi
Friday 3pm
Location: Community Center
Instructor: Tom Hobin
Sponsored by Senior Advisory Committee
Anna Christina Senior Coordinator annachristina133@gmail.com

Tom Hobin, Physical Therapist and Tai Chi Instructor

Tom Hobin, Physical Therapist and Tai Chi Instructor

Tai Chi consists of slow gentle movements and breathing–a movement meditation. It is known that Tai Chi is beneficial to one’s health- improving balance, decreasing risk and fear of falling, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep patterns, alleviating depression, supporting the immune system. It is thought to beneficial for symptom alleviation in conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. 

About the instructor: Tom Hobin
Tom Hobin has been teaching Tai Chi for 15 years as well as practicing Physical therapy for 35 years. Read more about Tom in the PT section of “Other BIHS Services.

 

YOGA
Location: Community Center
Instructor: Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman, Yoga Teacher

Michael Chapman, Yoga Teacher

Yoga Asana classes with levels for just about everybody at the Community Center on selected Mondays and Wednesdays:
Monday Classes: Beginner/Intermediate Yoga (75 min)
November 16, 23, Dec 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Classes: Restorative Yoga (75 min)
November 18, December 2, 9, 23, 30
For class descriptions, payment options and more: www.michaelchapmanyoga.com
More classes may be added depending on demand.
Restorative classes will require you to bring a standard blanket and pillow. Yoga straps will be provided.