Archives for March 4, 2017
Simplest Sit to Stand:
– Sit at the front of the chair
– Sit tall (back straight, chest out)
– Feet are hip to shoulder width apart
– Feet flat on the floor with toes directly below the knees
– Hip Hinge (folding at the hips, back stays solid)
– Shoulders over knees
– Hands placed on upper thigh or out in front of you for balance
– Look straight ahead
– Push the floor away with your feet
– Squeeze your butt & exhale on the way up
– Lift off
If this is too difficult, practice forward reaching (solid back) with hip hinge to lift off (hips come off the chair). You can start with a chair that has arms & practice until you don’t need the arms any longer. If your knees hurt while practicing, make the seat a little higher by adding a cushion, a couple of pillows or thick books. Always make sure you feel safe!
How low can you go? Once your form is good, go for parallel (hips& knees) & then below parallel (hips below knees).
Some points to think about:
Keep your feet flat on the floor
Solid trunk throughout, including neck (neutral position must be maintained)
Be sure your knees aren’t caving inwards
Don’t lean forward on the way back up
Squat – hips go down & back up
Hip Hinge – hips go back
I try to keep these instructions as short & simple as possible. For some it is hard to get the understanding from reading directions and there is always a possibility that I have missed an important point. It is easier for me to instruct while demonstrating & you will probably gain a better understanding through instruction& demonstration also. Let me know if you need instruction along with a demo, I am here to help :)
Practice makes Permanent. Move more to feel better.
To wave to you with my hand I kind of move it back and forth a bit, could rotate some (like the Queen), or not and could include movement all the way up to my shoulder. I guess the motion of a wave in the ocean is sort of like the motion of the hand. What does it mean? Well, that is totally open. It could mean ‘I am over here, please see me’. It could mean hello or also good bye. It could mean get away from me
A wave could mean welcome, please come closer, an invitation. It could mean dismissal, of a person or an idea or an instruction received from another. A wave can be used to tell a little kid to ‘go away’ and leave Mommy alone. To waver is to resist commitment, to change my mind and then change it again, not settle. A candle flame has the motion of waver. A flag waves in the wind
A really big, big wave in the ocean is called a tsunami. You don’t want to be around. A heat wave is a number of days of over the top hot weather. When traffic police wave me through the intersection they wave with their entire arm and it means git ‘er goin’ bud, now. Waves in the ocean are relentless and there are machines that harvest some of the wave energy to produce electricity
People in a stadium can ‘do the wave’. Someone in the center instructs the crowd to stand and raise their arms as he/she points a their section of the crowd and to sit back down when no longer being pointed at. The ‘pointer’ points slowly around the audience and it looks like a wave flows around the stadium. It is really quite exhilarating to be part of that crowd. Don’t know why exactly, but it definitely is
We can experience a wave of exhaustion or a wave of amore. It seems that some feelings come to us in a wave-like form. Some believe that we can generate waves, like a wave of empathy, love, generosity, and all of the opposites too. I wonder what might start to happen if I, just me, acted deliberately to begin a wave of my choosing? Might attract others to join me. Hmmm? And so a wave could begin. What will you start?
SENIORS’ FORUM WITH Provincial ELECTION CANDIDATES
10 AM Friday, March 17th
at Oliver Community Centre – in Room 2
3 PM – Friday, March 17th
at Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre (by the lake)
The Wine Country Retired Teachers’ Association and other groups are sponsoring a forum to talk about and learn about Seniors’ issues and concerns. Our Provincial Election candidates for our Constituency will be present to listen, learn and to be advised about what matters to Seniors and what Seniors’ care about. One of these candidates will be representing our constituency in Victoria after the next election on May 9th.
It is simply a meeting for seniors to talk about issues and voice their concerns and debate possible solutions to problems that need government attention.
The Retired Teachers organization is non-political …. it is not in the business of supporting any one party versus another. But we do have issues.
Respect for Seniors; Seniors’ housing; Healthcare for seniors; Continuing Care, Long term care and Palliative care; Support for Caregivers; Seniors’ Abuse; Transportation services for seniors to get from Oliver and Osoyoos to the Penticton and Kelowna Hospitals; Long-term Care Housing needs and solutions; Home support, etc.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to get your voices heard!