What we're about

My name is Karen Naids. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Penn State University, and I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 33 years. I have had many jobs in my extensive nursing career ranging from working in the hospital as a floor nurse and nursing supervisor to working as a visiting/homecare nurse when I was raising my family. I am also a Certified Health Coach where I helped people develop healthy lifestyle habits around diet and exercise and I am a Certified Meditation Instructor helping people to be mindful and present by focusing on their breadth to relieve stress.
I have had the opportunity to interact with many different segments of the population including the more experienced population who tend to present a variety of challenges including injuries, diseases, and extensive wear and tear to their muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. I myself sustained a significant neck and back injury in which 4/5 specialists wanted to perform surgery the next week. Fortunately, one of specialists gave me an option and hope. He suggested an exercise program that including yoga. I was able to relax, increase my strength and flexibility and my pain greatly decreased. But as I get older I find that I am not able to do some of the standard yoga moves on the floor and even with modification, some of the moves are difficult and even painful. Looking for options, I came across Chair Yoga. Chair yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the ground. Every standard pose can be modified and adapted to using a chair as a prop providing you with all of the benefits of yoga, including the mind-body connection and movements that increase flexibly and strength.
I became a Certified Chair Yoga Instructor from the Yoga Vista Academy, a member of the Yoga Alliance. My training included an extensive review of human anatomy with emphasis on the aging body and special focus on the spine. In my career, I have observed how people age and I realized that although you can’t reverse the aging process, you can greatly reduce the pain associated with poor posture and inactivity. That’s why I created Choose to Move, a yoga practice that has its foundation based on Chair Yoga.
Chair yoga is good for people who have a challenge in getting to the floor. Chair Yoga reduces strain on your limbs and joints while still promoting the movement of the entire body. I’ll lead you through all of the poses, I’ll help you coordinate your breathing with the movements, and I’ll incorporate time for some mindful meditation. This practice promotes stability and flexibility, self-awareness and clarity of the mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a general feeling of wellbeing. With regular Chair Yoga practice, your muscles will get stronger, your posture will improve. My classes are full of energy, props and music. All poses are done either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. I do a meditation during the class and also am certified to teach mediation. I have taught small groups of seniors how to meditate and be mindful by doing mindfulness activities.
I have always been a caregiver looking for ways to help people and to make a difference in their lives. I am eager to share what I’ve learned about Chair Yoga, and you will feel my passion as we go on this journey together.

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Come and move with me, we do poses but do not get to the floor!!

• What we'll do My name is Karen Naids. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Penn State University, and I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 33 years. I have had many jobs in my extensive nursing career ranging from working in the hospital as a floor nurse and nursing supervisor to working as a visiting/homecare nurse when I was raising my family. I am also a Certified Health Coach where I helped people develop healthy lifestyle habits around diet and exercise and I am a Certified Meditation Instructor helping people to be mindful and present by focusing on their breadth to relieve stress. I have had the opportunity to interact with many different segments of the population including the more experienced population who tend to present a variety of challenges including injuries, diseases, and extensive wear and tear to their muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. I myself sustained a significant neck and back injury in which 4/5 specialists wanted to perform surgery the next week. Fortunately, one of specialists gave me an option and hope. He suggested an exercise program that including yoga. I was able to relax, increase my strength and flexibility and my pain greatly decreased. But as I get older I find that I am not able to do some of the standard yoga moves on the floor and even with modification, some of the moves are difficult and even painful. Looking for options, I came across Chair Yoga. Chair yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the ground. Every standard pose can be modified and adapted to using a chair as a prop providing you with all of the benefits of yoga, including the mind-body connection and movements that increase flexibly and strength. I became a Certified Chair Yoga Instructor from the Yoga Vista Academy, a member of the Yoga Alliance. My training included an extensive review of human anatomy with emphasis on the aging body and special focus on the spine. In my career, I have observed how people age and I realized that although you can’t reverse the aging process, you can greatly reduce the pain associated with poor posture and inactivity. That’s why I created Choose to Move, a yoga practice in which we do yoga poses without going to the floor. We have the chair for support as needed. Chair yoga is good for people who have a challenge in getting to the floor. Chair Yoga reduces strain on your limbs and joints while still promoting the movement of the entire body. I’ll lead you through all of the poses, I’ll help you coordinate your breathing with the movements, and I’ll incorporate time for some mindful meditation. This practice promotes stability and flexibility, self-awareness and clarity of the mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a general feeling of wellbeing. With regular Chair Yoga practice, your muscles will get stronger, your posture will improve. My classes are full of energy, props and music. All poses are done either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. • What to bring water bottle, mat if you like, a smile • Important to know Fee is $15.00 a session for members of synogogue and $20.00 for non members, checks to be made out to Kerem Shalom

Come and move with me, we do poses but do not get to the floor!!

• What we'll do My name is Karen Naids. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Penn State University, and I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 33 years. I have had many jobs in my extensive nursing career ranging from working in the hospital as a floor nurse and nursing supervisor to working as a visiting/homecare nurse when I was raising my family. I am also a Certified Health Coach where I helped people develop healthy lifestyle habits around diet and exercise and I am a Certified Meditation Instructor helping people to be mindful and present by focusing on their breadth to relieve stress. I have had the opportunity to interact with many different segments of the population including the more experienced population who tend to present a variety of challenges including injuries, diseases, and extensive wear and tear to their muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. I myself sustained a significant neck and back injury in which 4/5 specialists wanted to perform surgery the next week. Fortunately, one of specialists gave me an option and hope. He suggested an exercise program that including yoga. I was able to relax, increase my strength and flexibility and my pain greatly decreased. But as I get older I find that I am not able to do some of the standard yoga moves on the floor and even with modification, some of the moves are difficult and even painful. Looking for options, I came across Chair Yoga. Chair yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the ground. Every standard pose can be modified and adapted to using a chair as a prop providing you with all of the benefits of yoga, including the mind-body connection and movements that increase flexibly and strength. I became a Certified Chair Yoga Instructor from the Yoga Vista Academy, a member of the Yoga Alliance. My training included an extensive review of human anatomy with emphasis on the aging body and special focus on the spine. In my career, I have observed how people age and I realized that although you can’t reverse the aging process, you can greatly reduce the pain associated with poor posture and inactivity. That’s why I created Choose to Move, a yoga practice in which we do yoga poses without going to the floor. We have the chair for support as needed. Chair yoga is good for people who have a challenge in getting to the floor. Chair Yoga reduces strain on your limbs and joints while still promoting the movement of the entire body. I’ll lead you through all of the poses, I’ll help you coordinate your breathing with the movements, and I’ll incorporate time for some mindful meditation. This practice promotes stability and flexibility, self-awareness and clarity of the mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a general feeling of wellbeing. With regular Chair Yoga practice, your muscles will get stronger, your posture will improve. My classes are full of energy, props and music. All poses are done either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. • What to bring water bottle, mat if you like, a smile • Important to know Fee is $15.00 a session for members of synogogue and $20.00 for non members, checks to be made out to Kerem Shalom

Come and move with me, we do poses but do not get to the floor!!

• What we'll do My name is Karen Naids. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Penn State University, and I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 33 years. I have had many jobs in my extensive nursing career ranging from working in the hospital as a floor nurse and nursing supervisor to working as a visiting/homecare nurse when I was raising my family. I am also a Certified Health Coach where I helped people develop healthy lifestyle habits around diet and exercise and I am a Certified Meditation Instructor helping people to be mindful and present by focusing on their breadth to relieve stress. I have had the opportunity to interact with many different segments of the population including the more experienced population who tend to present a variety of challenges including injuries, diseases, and extensive wear and tear to their muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. I myself sustained a significant neck and back injury in which 4/5 specialists wanted to perform surgery the next week. Fortunately, one of specialists gave me an option and hope. He suggested an exercise program that including yoga. I was able to relax, increase my strength and flexibility and my pain greatly decreased. But as I get older I find that I am not able to do some of the standard yoga moves on the floor and even with modification, some of the moves are difficult and even painful. Looking for options, I came across Chair Yoga. Chair yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the ground. Every standard pose can be modified and adapted to using a chair as a prop providing you with all of the benefits of yoga, including the mind-body connection and movements that increase flexibly and strength. I became a Certified Chair Yoga Instructor from the Yoga Vista Academy, a member of the Yoga Alliance. My training included an extensive review of human anatomy with emphasis on the aging body and special focus on the spine. In my career, I have observed how people age and I realized that although you can’t reverse the aging process, you can greatly reduce the pain associated with poor posture and inactivity. That’s why I created Choose to Move, a yoga practice in which we do yoga poses without going to the floor. We have the chair for support as needed. Chair yoga is good for people who have a challenge in getting to the floor. Chair Yoga reduces strain on your limbs and joints while still promoting the movement of the entire body. I’ll lead you through all of the poses, I’ll help you coordinate your breathing with the movements, and I’ll incorporate time for some mindful meditation. This practice promotes stability and flexibility, self-awareness and clarity of the mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a general feeling of wellbeing. With regular Chair Yoga practice, your muscles will get stronger, your posture will improve. My classes are full of energy, props and music. All poses are done either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. • What to bring water bottle, mat if you like, a smile • Important to know Fee is $15.00 a session for members of synogogue and $20.00 for non members, checks to be made out to Kerem Shalom

Come and move with me, we do poses but do not get to the floor!!

• What we'll do My name is Karen Naids. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Penn State University, and I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past 33 years. I have had many jobs in my extensive nursing career ranging from working in the hospital as a floor nurse and nursing supervisor to working as a visiting/homecare nurse when I was raising my family. I am also a Certified Health Coach where I helped people develop healthy lifestyle habits around diet and exercise and I am a Certified Meditation Instructor helping people to be mindful and present by focusing on their breadth to relieve stress. I have had the opportunity to interact with many different segments of the population including the more experienced population who tend to present a variety of challenges including injuries, diseases, and extensive wear and tear to their muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. I myself sustained a significant neck and back injury in which 4/5 specialists wanted to perform surgery the next week. Fortunately, one of specialists gave me an option and hope. He suggested an exercise program that including yoga. I was able to relax, increase my strength and flexibility and my pain greatly decreased. But as I get older I find that I am not able to do some of the standard yoga moves on the floor and even with modification, some of the moves are difficult and even painful. Looking for options, I came across Chair Yoga. Chair yoga provides all the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the ground. Every standard pose can be modified and adapted to using a chair as a prop providing you with all of the benefits of yoga, including the mind-body connection and movements that increase flexibly and strength. I became a Certified Chair Yoga Instructor from the Yoga Vista Academy, a member of the Yoga Alliance. My training included an extensive review of human anatomy with emphasis on the aging body and special focus on the spine. In my career, I have observed how people age and I realized that although you can’t reverse the aging process, you can greatly reduce the pain associated with poor posture and inactivity. That’s why I created Choose to Move, a yoga practice in which we do yoga poses without going to the floor. We have the chair for support as needed. Chair yoga is good for people who have a challenge in getting to the floor. Chair Yoga reduces strain on your limbs and joints while still promoting the movement of the entire body. I’ll lead you through all of the poses, I’ll help you coordinate your breathing with the movements, and I’ll incorporate time for some mindful meditation. This practice promotes stability and flexibility, self-awareness and clarity of the mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a general feeling of wellbeing. With regular Chair Yoga practice, your muscles will get stronger, your posture will improve. My classes are full of energy, props and music. All poses are done either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. • What to bring water bottle, mat if you like, a smile • Important to know Fee is $15.00 a session for members of synogogue and $20.00 for non members, checks to be made out to Kerem Shalom

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