Live Online Classes

Gentle Strength

Bones, Muscles and Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
7:15-7:45am Eastern Time

Taught by Terry Tresco or Tammy Kaleel

seniors happy to be doing movment for health

Gentle Strength Membership

  • Unlimited participation in livestream Gentle Strength classes offered two times a week (three times weekly in December!)
  • Unlimited use of the Gentle Strength section of the Video Library
  • $25 per month (one month minimum)

Terry is a fountain of knowledge and experience, and her explanation and cues are excellent. I look forward to continuing with Gentle Strength classes.

Sallie Jones, West Chester, PA

No yoga or strength-training experience required.

Begin from where you are; improvement is possible at any age and any stage. Experience movements that build muscle mass and stimulate an increase in bone density from supported standing positions or seated in a chair. No weights or bands are required for this workshop; accessories needed are things you can find in your home:  a bathrobe belt/old necktie/yoga strap, sturdy chair, a pair of thick socks (each sock balled up), a couple of upside-down sturdy plastic bins (or low footstool or yoga blocks), and a dish towel/hand towel.

December- Banish Winter Blues with Community and Movement

The intention for Gentle Strength this month is to enjoy physical activity on a daily basis, moving into winter with support for consistency. For December, there will be three 7:15am classes each week! The addition of Mondays provides an opportunity for an interactive exploration of movement with time for questions and discussion in a supportive community. View/download the calendar of classes and options to support your intention to keep moving this month.

Friday December 2- #1 of 5 Plank/Side Lunge/Squat
Meet yourself where you are to get where you want to go!!! This is your homework for December. Basic exercises to complement yoga postures. These will be accessible by using a chair and a wall.
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Monday December 5-Floor Practice- Resilience Part 1 
We get down to get back up again, why is this so vital?
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Wednesday December 7- Pelvic Floor Strength
Silent Muscles with a Loud Message.
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Friday December 9- #2 of 5 Plank/Side Lunge/Squat
Share how your home practice feels for you. Explore Listening to your body at the beginning of sensations. Some additional options will be offered getting you off your chair and coming off the wall if that sounds appealing. Practice and brief sharing time.
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Monday December 12- Floor Practice- Resilience Part 2
The ups and downs of getting stronger. Working with acute injuries and chronic conditions to stay strong and independent. Revisit getting down to get back up again.
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Wednesday December 14- Mountain Pose, Tree, Warrior 2, Side Angle Bend
A Mini Flow for maximum strength (Focusing on Pelvic Floor Integration)           
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Friday December 16- #3 of 5 Plank/Side Lunge/Squat
Share how your home practice feels for you. Explore slowing down your movements to create a deeper challenge.  Practice and a brief sharing time.  
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Monday December 19- Bridge Pose on the floor  
A back bend, a glute strengthener, a quad and hip flexor stretch. So much from one accessible posture
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Wednesday December 21- Sun Salutation using a chair 
A flow of movements gently paced to allow awareness and integration throughout the practice. A chair will be used at all times to create support for keeping your head above your heart for anyone who enjoys or requires that option to accommodate eye or blood pressure concerns.        
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Friday December 23- #4 of 5 Plank/Side Lunge/Squat/
Share how your home practice feels for you. Now that we’re stronger and more stable We’ll be adding upper body movement to these shapes to create compound actions.  
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Monday December 26- Locust Pose on the floor 
A belly down practice to strengthen your back body.         
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Wednesday December 28- Upper Body Strength/Stay Balanced
Revisiting some basic strength exercises with a focus on your upper body from fingertips to the crown of your head.     

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Friday December 30- #5 of 5 Plank/Side Lunge/Squat   
This class will begin with a brief group practice and then shift into a few minutes to check in and share how your month has been.  

Past Gentle Strength Classes

Available in the Video Library

November Gentle Strength

November was a continuation of deconstruction of postures, making them gentle and accessible. The last class of the month pulled them all together.

November 2 Warrior I (Virabhadrasana) Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
November 4 Warrior I (Virabhadrasana) Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
November 9 Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
November 11 Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
November 16 Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
November 18 Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
November 23 Standing Half Moon or Upward Salute Side Bend Pose (Parsva Urdhva Hastasana)
November 25 Standing Half Moon or Upward Salute Side Bend Pose (Parsva Urdhva Hastasana)
November 30 Sequence integration of November class

October Gentle Strength

Oct 5 Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) and Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasana)
Oct 7  Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) andRevolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasana) With focus on the Chakras
Oct 12 Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and Warrior II (Virabhadrasana) and Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
Oct 14  Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and Warrior II (Virabhadrasana) andSide Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) With focus on the Chakras
Oct 19  Sage Pose (Marichyasana III) and Lord of the Fishes (Matsyendrasana)
Oct 21 Sage Pose (Marichyasana III) and Lord of the Fishes (Matsyendrasana) With focus on the Chakras
Oct 26 Locust Pose (Salabhasana) and Bridge Pose (Setubandha Sarvangasana)
Oct 28 Locust Pose (Salabhasana) and Bridge Pose (Setubandha Sarvangasana) With focus on the Chakras

September Gentle Strength

In September, Terry again taught the movements and shapes that have been used in numerous research studies that proved to be effective at increasing bone density.

Sept 2 Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Sept 7 Sage Pose (Marichyasnana III) & Lord of the Fishes (Matsyendrasna)
Sept 9 Warrior II (Virabhadrasana)
Sept 14 Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
Sept 16 Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) & Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasana)
Sept 21 Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
Sept 23 Bridge Pose (Setubandha Sarvangasana)
Sept 28 Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose I & II (Supta Padangustasana I & II)
Sept 30 Guided Savasana (Relaxation)

August Gentle Strength

In August Terry and Tammy taught 11 of the 12 yoga postures that have been used in numerous research studies and shown to be effective in maintaining or increasing bone density.

August 2 Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
August 4 Sage Pose (Marichyasnana III) & Lord of the Fishes (Matsyendrasna)
August 9 Warrior II (Virabhadrasana)
August 11 Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
August 16 Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
August 18 Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
August 23 Bridge Pose (Setubandha Sarvangasana)
August 25 Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose I & II (Supta Padangustasana I & II)
August 30 Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasana)

July Gentle Strength

July 3, Sunday- Practical Applications: Strength in Everyday Activities Part 2
July 7, Thursday- Twist Your Torso for Better Breathing
July 10, Sunday- Fingers, Hands, Arms
July 14, Thursday with Tammy- Shoulders & Neck: Safety through Awareness of Surroundings
July 17, Sunday- Strong Legs for Lifelong Mobility
July 21, Thursday- Toes, Feet, Ankles, Shins
July 24, Sunday- Posture Reassessment
July 28, Thursday- Core Strength
July 31, Thursday- Strengthen Your Heart

June Gentle Strength

June 2 Thursday Pelvic Floor Awareness: the Power of a Strong Foundation
June 5 Sunday The Power of Posture: Root to Rise
June 9 Thursday- no class
June 12 Sunday- no class
June 16 Thursday Balance & Movement: Connect to Earth to Explore the Sky
June 19 Sunday Safe Neck Turns
June 23 Touching Your Toes- Options and Benefits for the Journey
June 26 Sunday- no class
June 30 Thursday Practical Applications: Strength in Everyday Activities

May Gentle Strength

May 8 The Power of Posture: Activation Through Exhalation
May 12 Get Your Head on Straight: Strength and Stability for Neck and Shoulders
May 15 Upright but Not Uptight: Glutes and Psoas
May 19 Twist without Shouting: Safe Rotations for a Healthy Spine
May 22 Get a Grip: Fingers, Hands, Arms
May 26 A Stable Foundation: Feet & Calves
May 29 At the Center of it All: Core Strength

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