Love your mind and body.

From yoga to Tai Chi, Hancock Wellness Center offers members a variety of fun, relaxing ways to improve their overall wellness by exercising both their bodies and their minds.

EXPLORING YOGA

“Practicing yoga on a regular basis increases flexibility and reduces stress,” says Yvette Dixon, Program and Operations Manager at Hancock Regional Hospital. “Research also indicates that yoga helps boost immunity, improves migraine symptoms, and helps you sleep better.” Give your health and well-being a boost by trying one of the yoga classes offered at the Hancock Wellness Center. Your mind and body will thank you.

Yoga 101

Designed with beginners in mind, Yoga 101 offers a comprehensive primer on basic yoga poses and relaxation and breathing techniques that form the building blocks of more advanced practice. Poses may be modified to provide an additional challenge for more advanced yogis.Yoga LiteIntended for those who are fairly new to yoga practice.

Yoga Lite

Focuses on breathing and the yoga mind-body connection as it relates to strength, balance, and flexibility. The poses performed during Yoga Lite may be modified for individuals who need or prefer the option of performing yoga in a chair.

Tai Chi

Have you ever seen a group of people standing outside, slowly and gracefully moving in unison, and wondered what on earth they were doing?

These rhythmic routines are part of the ancient practice of Tai Chi. Through Hancock Wellness Center’s Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, you can discover for yourself how this unique form of exercise can benefit your mind, body, and spirit.

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program teaches gentle Sun-style Tai Chi techniques that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for people of all fitness levels. Unlike more vigorous forms of Tai Chi that include crouching, leaping, or striking, Sun-style Tai Chi involves simple steps forward and backward, with one foot following the other in a steady, flowing rhythm. Small, circular hand gestures accompany each step. The slow, relaxed pace of Sun-style Tai Chi makes it perfect for older adults, including those with arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, Tai Chi has been proven to reduce pain and improve your physical and mental well-being. The soothing motions of Tai Chi can help reduce stress and increase feelings of relaxation. In addition, practicing Tai Chi can help you build and maintain better balance, flexibility, and mobility.

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program at Hancock Wellness Center is led by certified instructors who will coach you through the process. Each session includes warm-up and cool-down exercises, as well as instruction on core Tai Chi movements, advanced extension movements, and challenging direction changes.