THE SPIRIT

Stimulating, creative engagement in musical, spiritual and life-enriching classes, uplifting emotional wellness meditations

Classes

For many, spirituality is key to a vital old age. In fact, aging is often referred to as a spiritual journey.

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Our Program

Our spirit program helps participants experience meaning and purpose in their lives, as well as understand their connectedness—with the moment, with themselves, with others, with nature, and with the significant or the sacred. In a society that defines us by what we do and how productive we are, defining meaning and purpose in older age can become more challenging. The experience of many older adults is that it becomes more difficult to maintain well-established relationships and even more difficult to establish new ones in our later years.  These are key spiritual issues which our spiritual program addresses.

Mindfulness Meditations

These simple and relevant meditations are designed to improve health, reduce anxiety, depression and pain. Laura’s calming, gentle and soothing voice guides the meditations and provides an excellent opportunity for viewers to relax and release stress.

Tai Chi and Yoga

Our Tai Chi classes focus the mind on slow movement which reduces stress and produces mental calm and restore energy and physical balance. Tai chi has been called moving meditation. Our classes are useful in bringing meditation into every movement of life. Our Yoga classes refresh the mind and spirit and are a powerful combination when combined with our meditation classes. When the body becomes steadier and the mind becomes calmer, meditation can provide a deep sense of relaxation.

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Laura Mancuso
Interfaith Minister

Laura Mancuso is an Interfaith Minister and nationally recognized speaker and author on mental health, spirituality, and empowerment of people with disabilities. She has worked for 30 years in leadership roles in health and mental health services at the local, state, and national levels. Following the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Laura traveled to 20 states to provide training to 8,000 people. She is certified as a rehabilitation counselor, healing energy practitioner, and advance healthcare planning facilitator. As an ordained interfaith minister, Laura strives to honor all faith traditions, as well as the spiritual paths and life philosophies of those who do not adhere to any religion.

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Stacy McCarthy
Chair Yoga

Stacy McCarthy holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is a highly requested presenter at some of the yoga and fitness industries most renowned conferences and conventions and was a finalist for “Instructor of the Year” at IDEA. She was inducted into the Yoga Alliance at its highest level and is the Yoga Director for Yoga School of Business. Stacy is a Professor of Yoga and faculty member at Miracosta College Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition Program.

“It lights me up to see the joy in life that yoga can bring active agers. This ancient practice connects body, mind and spirit while increasing balance, stamina, strength and flexibility. It’s easy on your joints and increases your focus through mindful movement. The best part is yoga is accessible for everyone.”

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Gloria Peyrat
Tai Chi

Gloria Peyrat is certified with the American Senior Fitness Association as a Senior Personal Fitness Trainer, Jazzercise, Let it Go Yoga, Basic Yoga, Arthritis Association (PACE), National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Parkinsons Association. She has trained seniors personally and in groups for 15 years, in all ranges of ability (from very active to very frail).

“As a senior myself, I am very aware of the needs of people exercising with personal limitations and modifying according to their physical condition. My greatest satisfaction is seeing seniors enjoying exercise and benefitting from the physical, mental and emotional effects. My philosophy is that it is never too late to start to improve your fitness. The key is to start small, build up over time and be patient with yourself. Improving your breathing, muscle strength, flexibility and balance will enhance your life and extend your years.”

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Skip Jennings
Meditation

Skip Jennings is transformational Life Coach and licensed spiritual counselor
 He is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor through the Aerobics Fitness Association of American 
Certified Sports. He is a nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN). Skip is also a motivational/inspirational speaker and a certified Master Trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycling. He has presented at the IDEA fitness conferences as an Idea Expert for several years.