New Yoga Classes At Senior Center


April is such a cheerful month; filled with bright sunshine, warm breezes, birdsong and best of all in Rim Country, a multitude of blossoming trees. Aren’t they spectacular this year? Everywhere you go around town you see trees dressed in pink and white. The new foliage on the willows is a beautiful spring green color that glows in the sunlight. Len and I took a play day recently and drove down to Roosevelt Lake. The roadside wildflowers were just beginning to bloom, but as always it was a joy to see the spectrum of colors Mother Nature offers us. Many stores are featuring plants that are very tempting. I would like to try them all! I will wait a couple weeks though as there is still a chance of frost and perhaps even a little more snow. I remember it snowing in May several years ago. One thing we can be sure of here is a variety of weather.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Something new is being offered at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. — two yoga classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays: Gentle Yoga at 9:30 a.m. and Basic Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

The general benefits of a regular yoga practice include stress relief, strength building, flexibility and balance.

Gentle Yoga is designed for the senior who may not lead an active lifestyle, but would like to maintain or improve their balance, flexibility and strength. If you are a senior who has trouble getting up and down from the floor, this class is for you. Some will be done from a chair, progressing to learning to get up and down safely from the floor, as well as doing yoga from the floor.

Basic Yoga is for the active person who wants to maintain their activity level throughout life.

Certified yoga instructor Shirley Cape will teach the classes. For information or to register for one or both classes, call (928) 474-4876.


Shirley Cape

About the instructor

Cape’s own desire to maintain flexibility, strength, and balance brought her to yoga in April 2011. What kept her returning to her mat was how good she felt after every class, physically, mentally and emotionally. Having always been active, Shirley was finding that as she aged, maintaining flexibility, balance and strength became a challenge. She participated in a variety of sports, but was having issues with a damaged knee and back. Regular participation in yoga classes has been key to improvement in those areas.

A desire to learn more about the yoga philosophy and history as well as the asanas led Cape to enroll in the teacher training program at Lotus House of Yoga in February 2012.

Her desire for everyone to experience the benefits of yoga has led her to the classroom as a teacher. She continues to study and participate in yoga classes and workshops to increase her knowledge and ability.

There will be no Zumba Monday, April 8. Classes will resume Wednesday, April 10.

Free legal assistance provided by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is available at the Center beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 9. Advance appointments are required and may be made by calling the above phone number.

Anything Goes presents live musical entertainment at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Center Dining Room.

The Historical Society will give a program on Payson’s Old Sawmill History at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 10.

Diane Reese is Volunteer of the Month for April.

The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is featuring spring clothing this month. Time to get ready for warm weather at bargain prices.


You are needed! A number of organizations can use help with their services. Following are a list of a few volunteer opportunities:

• Payson Community Kids, call (928) 478-7160 to find where your services and skills can be used.

• The Alzheimer’s Association needs volunteers for early stage support group facilitators, speaker’s bureau, health fairs and special events. A volunteer orientation will be held Monday, April 22. Call (602) 528-0545 for information.

• Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens needs volunteers for their Benefits & Advocacy SOS Program. Their phone number is 1-800-293-9393.

• Volunteers also are needed for Hospice Compassus. To learn more about volunteering at Hospice Compassus, contact Patty Kaufman at (928) 472-6340.

Think about it:

Did you ever notice how a minute contains more than 60 seconds when it is preceded by “Just a”?


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