Gentle Stretch and Balance: A Bone and Joint Health Program for Women
(Formerly the Arthritis Exercise Program)
This class is intended for women living with any form of arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic illnesses who want a low-impact physical activity program to cope with chronic pain, soreness, or stiffness in the muscles and joints. It is designed for individuals of all ages and levels of mobility and fitness. Exercises can be done while seated or standing. Classes incorporate range of motion exercises and education on ways of improving joint and bone health.
Gentle Stretch and Balance Faculty
Nancy Yates has been teaching yoga for the past 19 years. She began practicing yoga 38 years ago after a back injury left her unable to walk for a year. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation instructor. She teaches Seated Yoga & Breath to veterans at the SFVAMC. Three years ago she brought yoga to the LBPD (Library for Blind Print Disabled) in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. In 1996 she introduced yoga to the blind, visually impaired and disabled at the SF LightHouse. Nancy received the Dottie Allen Award in 2008 for her contribution to the LH and SF community. She believes her work with seniors, teens, disabled communities, and those with chronic illness has accelerated her teaching abilities. Nancy is an observer who works from her inner voice, heart and past experience of studying various yoga disciplines (Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga) with world class teachers. Nancy’s experience influences her teaching approach to make the understanding of sensory awareness and the healing quality of breath available to everyone.
Call 415-600-0500 or email the Center for more information.