As we age we all need to look after ourselves; we need to nourish our body, brain, and mind. With so much emphasis on exercise, diet and self-help regimes, sometimes the simple pleasures in life can be overlooked, such as dance. Dancing with others in a safe and friendly environment brings us a sense of connection, physical ability, strength, and wellbeing. Dance strengthens our memory recall, our thinking, and our social skills. Dancing is fun, joyous, relaxing and quite simply feels really good.
The folks at Satyam Yoga Wellbeing Centre offer a safe and friendly community space where movement based and wellbeing practices empower people to live their lives more fully, enhancing health and self-awareness.
Filipa Pereira-Stubbs is a leading dance practitioner working for 30 years in the field of Arts & Health, with extensive experience in creating projects for people living with a dementia, their family, friends and carers. Her work is simple, effective, and accessible.
Together, Satyam Yoga and Filipa are bringing a new venture to Cambridge & Cambridgeshire in the new year. We are beginning a pilot class for people who are newly diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and who are interested in taking positive steps, particularly in those first months of adapting to life’s unexpected and challenging turns. The classes are for couples - spouses, family, friends. We will begin in chairs, doing gentle and important warm up exercises, move into more improvised dancing (no taught steps), and finish with quiet and restorative relaxation.
Dance improves cognitive function.
Dance maintains physical ability, strength and coordination.
Dance reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
Dance enhances mood and relaxation and sense of wellbeing.
Dance brings us a sense of purpose, joy and community.
Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in the last six to eight months, and wants to do something positive to ensure a good quality of life? Please get in touch directly with Filipa by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for further conversation and explanation. The 8 week pilot will begin early March 2020. The sessions will run on Tuesday afternoons, time to be confirmed, but probably 4-5.30.