Center offers free community classes

If layoffs or the worsening economy keep stress levels high, Indigo Wellness Center may have a means of relief. While it won’t change the circumstances, the center’s staff offers free yoga classes beginning in March as a way of being in service to the community.

On Mondays at 12 p.m., a basic exercise yoga class for all levels is scheduled. The class is free, but the center is accepting cash donations for the food bank, although it’ s not required.

“The teachers at Indigo feel very strongly that yoga is a tool that people need during these stressful times,” said Director of Indigo Wellness Center Dr. Zhora Campbell.

Pranayama is the other free course available to the community. The yoga class is a deep breathing experience meant to be guidance for optimal health. Also free and open to all levels, Pranayama is offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6 a.m. Though not required, donations are accepted for Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center.

Also available at the center is a new class, called Ashtanga, available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.

“This a powerful, moving yoga course,” said Dr. Campbell.

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Exercises to bring mind and body together

On the Salem campus of the Oregon School of Massage, a variety of classes are taught that target whole body wellness beyond what traditional massage treatments along may attain. Two such courses are available on March 7 and 14.

For those who suffer from strain in the upper extremities, a self-care class is offered on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in the course is a discussion of the causes of fatigue and repetitive strain injury in the upper extremities. Combining the use of stretching, strength exercises, and range of motion exercises with hydrotherapy patients are expected to treat their stress and fatigue while also increasing circulation to the affected area. The course costs $150 which includes materials and an arm bath for hydrotherapy treatments on the lower arm, wrist and hand.

“Hakomi- Tapping Into the Body Wisdom,” is class held on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hakomi is a treatment method that is akin to attending therapy, but this course is meant only to elicit recognition of the connection between body and mind. Using principles of mindfulness, unity, organicity, and non-violence from Hakomi, the class shows how to use the ‘wisdom’ of the body to guide massage. This course costs $125. For more information on these or other classes, call the Oregon School of Massage at (503) 585-8912.