Option Leader: Mrs Paula Burrough
Movement Improvement –
“With our ever advancing world, the human body, although imperative to stay fit and healthy, is left behind at times from the very technology we live in. Be it a sedentary job behind a computer, a favourite software game or movie and even lots of study lead to bad postural habits and mechanics developing through inactivity even in young people. Yoga and Pilates are tried and tested proven exercise methods that can help our bodies cope with the stresses of everyday life and beyond into more challenging sports and physical pursuits. Movement Improvement strives to keep ahead of the ‘trends’ to bring safe and effective training methods to everyone that wants to improve their bodies and lifestyles.”
Zumba: Bringing fun, comfortable movement into the body, a cardiovascular fitness aspect and music for creativity
Yoga: The classic method of Hatha Yoga will stretch and gentle strengthen the body while gently bringing focus to the mind body connection
Pilates: Introducing another method of gently stretching and training the physical body with thorough strong controlled movement. First known as Contrology.
Mindfulness: Stress reduction and self-acceptance are two of the major perks of mindfulness, these benefits are particularly important during the drama and turmoil-filled teen years.
Each day will commence with an introductory practice class in: Zumba, Yoga, Pilates. Wednesday will start with a Mindfulness introductory practice. There will be explanations to why and where the movement forms come from and some sensory activities for example the power of smell and music on our emotions. Each day finishing with a full class incorporating and practicing the day’s subject matter.
The lessons will be taught by fully qualified instructors, Claire Dickson and Rachna Allenstein, from Movement Improvement and Angie Bucu from Ingredients of Wellness.
Explanation for Mindfulness:
By now there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “mindfulness.” Suddenly, it seems to be everywhere—touted as the new yoga, the answer to stress, But beyond the buzz, what is it? Jon Kabat-Zinn (the scientist and widely recognized father of contemporary, medically-based mindfulness)—defines mindfulness simply as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
That’s the short version. To expand on that just a little, mindfulness is a meditation practice that begins with paying attention to breathing in order to focus on the here and now—not what might have been or what you’re worried could be. The ultimate goal is to give enough distance from disturbing thoughts and emotions to be able to observe them without immediately reacting to them.
In the last few years mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. And the benefits are proving to be tremendous.
“Emotional regulation, learning how to quiet one’s mind—these are invaluable skills”