Stand up – or sit – and be counted

• A senior prepares for a stand-up paddle board class.

ATTENTION portly seniors who ate too many selection boxes and mince pies over Christmas.

If you’re looking for a fun and slightly adventurous way to shed those unwanted festive pounds, stand-up paddle boarding could be just the ticket.

Held every weekend on the Swan River, the SAP (SUP-er Adventurous Seniors) classes are specifically designed for 60-year-olds and above.

The low impact sport is great for improving core strength, balance and fitness, but with the gorgeous river scenery and social aspect, it feels more like fun than exercise and is great for your overall mental and physical health.

The classes are held every Friday from 4pm-5pm at Sandy Beach Reserve on West Road in Bassendean. 

Classes run until June with bookings at trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=832641&

If you are a senior with less mobility or simply want to ease back into exercising, chair yoga could be the answer.

Invented in 1982 by yoga practitioner Lakshmi Voelker – after one of her pupils was unable to do floor poses because of arthritis – it has grown in popularity over the years and is now widely practised around the world.

Chair yoga deepens flexibility, increases range of motion and strengthens body awareness with yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation methods.

Free introductory yoga chair classes are being held at the new Walyalup Civic Centre in Fremantle Library until February 11.

Find out more at seniorocity.com.au/whats-on-perth/come-and-try-for-over-55s-chair-yoga-with-wayan-january/

If you just want to chill out after all the festive madness, then check out the Sound Healing and Guided Meditation class in South Perth.

Internationally accredited sound therapist and meditation teacher Andrew Cox and his partner Servane will take you “on a beautiful journey of sound and meditation” using their eclectic range of instruments with tibetan bowls, crystal singing bowls and French koshi chimes.

The class will be held on Friday February 4 from 7pm-8pm at the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre on Coode Street. Tix at eventbrite.com.au

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