Yoga for Caregivers & Loved Ones w/ Alzheimer’s/Dementia
Yoga for Caregivers and Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s/Dementia
A Chair Yoga Workshop
w/ Jen Mast at RCY downstairs in the Waterfall Room
Sunday, Oct. 29th @ 1:30 – 2:45pm
$30 Registration per pair (covers 1 individual + 1 caregiver)
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation
Registration limited to 8 pairs / Caregiver can submit registration and we will email you for your loved one’s information
Join Jen Mast for this chair yoga workshop for caregivers and loved ones with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Current research demonstrates that exercise and mindfulness is extremely beneficial for the function of brain health. This includes Improvement of cognition, balance, strength, range of motion, proprioception, stress, and quality of life. Jen’s classes offer a variety of exercises and sequences – that weave mindfulness, breathing techniques, strength, balance and stretch into an hour class. In conjunction with the above benefits this class was also designed to both support caregivers in finding pause and calm in their day and to provide a bonding and connecting experience to loved ones and the shared yoga community.
Come prepared! Dress comfortably, wear proper footwear or sticky socks, bring water, and allow plenty of time to get to the studio to park. If you’d like to chat with Jen in advance of the class, please reach out via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 617-501-6139.
Jen has a decade of experience teaching chair yoga to all types of bodies and conditions. The Alzheimer’s/Dementia community is near and dear to her heart. Jen’s father battled both Dementia and MS and she spent many years practicing yoga with her dad. She has been blessed to continue to work within this community through private and small group classes. Jens cultivates a safe and friendly environment for all beings to thrive, connect and have fun. No yoga experience is necessary.
Please note you should always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn. Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself. It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself. Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release. As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression.
Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns. In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun! Through the pandemic, Jen has continued to train and deepen her own practice with Susi Hately, Functional Synergy™ and a Monthly Mentor Workshop with Jill Miller, Roll Model Method™.