Angelena Craig, professional level Kripalu Yoga Instructor, was the founder, in 1996, and director of Beacon Light Yoga center of Boston. In 1997 she was also hired as a consultant to MA Housing and Finance, offering Chair Yoga classes in residential settings throughout the state.
She then created a chair exercise program, continually adapting it to accommodate varying groups. To assist her students in having a home practice she produced a CD followed by a DVD, “Angelena’s Yoga Using a Chair”.
“Sit Down and Move” takes you on an hour long journey in relaxing the mind, accessing more of the breath, doing easy yoga moves to open each and every body part… in a gentle but thorough way
Angelena now includes a fun portion of chair dancing done to old, familiar song and rubber bands have been added to further stretch and strengthen the upper and lower body. The class ends in a deep relaxation. You leave knowing you had a good workout, and you feel more peaceful.
Please visit her website at: www.anewagingmovement.com
FOOD MATTERS “A Fun & Upbeat Weekly Series for Better Health & Wellness”
Bonni London MS, RDN, LDN is the President/Owner of London Wellness LLC and have been practicing as an accredited and licensed dietitian for over 15 years. She has created comprehensive nutrition programs and counseled for weight management, Gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies or intolerances, Autoimmune disorders, Hypertension, Heart disease, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes, Sports Nutrition, cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and vegan or vegetarian diets.
She has a passion for utilizing the latest research to help clients to separate fact from fiction. This has led to attendance at yearly conferences held in Florida and New York City, where beyond the education it is a critical opportunity to exchange information with colleagues. In addition, She is an avid reader of journals, books and regularly listen to webinars to stay on the cutting edge.
Education & Professional Affiliations:
- Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in Marketing/Retail 1990
- Masters of Science from New York University in Clinical Nutrition 1997
- Registered Dietitian – Clinical Internship at Beth Israel Medical Center 1998
- Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist – State of Florida 2004
- Certified personal trainer with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- Member of the American Dietetic Association
- Past President of the Manasota Dietetic Association
Please visit her website at: www.londonwellness.net
GENTLE YOGA “Tranquil and calming classes focused on meditation and ability based poses that unite body, mind and spirit for a sense of mental and spiritual well-being.”
Lynn Burgess is the founder and director of Sarasota’s most established studio, Yoga from the Heart. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest possible levels as an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 500 and E-RYT 500 instructor. Lynn has trained, graduated and certified dozens of local instructors. She is truly a teacher of teachers. Lynn is known for her inspiration in relating the philosophy of yoga, revealing to her students how yoga can infuse everyday life with meaning and purpose. Her charisma and witty sense of humor lend a wonderfully modern twist to this age-old practice.
Please visit her website at: www.yogafromtheheart.com
Leymis Wilmott M.F.A
DANCE FOR PARKINSONS “A fun and interactive music and expressive movement class for patients and caregivers that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair. Program is based on the Mark Morris “Dance for PD” program, Brooklyn, NY”
Leymis Bolanos Wilmott is the Co founder/Artistic Director of Sarasota/Bradenton’s 1st Contemporary Dance Company Fuzion Dance Artists and Adjunct Professor of Dance at New College of Florida. She was the first in the state to receive a certificate in Dance and Healing from the University of Florida and has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from Florida State University. Her deep love for education and community building continues as she advocates for dance as a Teaching Artist through the Sarasota Arts Council, Manatee Arts Council, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Ms. Wilmott is a certified “Dance for PD” instructor trained by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY.
Please visit her website at: www.fuziondance.com
Phyllis Lowitt M.M.
SINGIN’ IN THE PARK CHORUS “A first of its kind PARKINSON CHORUS offering a fun and rewarding opportunity to make a joyful noise while practicing breathing techniques and singing your favorite songs.”
Phyllis Lowitt M.M., soprano, attended the Juilliard School, Adelphi University and the University of South Florida where she received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. Her professional experience as performer, teacher and lecturer includes concerts at the Lincoln Center and the Donnell Library Series in New York City, St. Brendan’s Concert Series, St. Petersburg Art Museum Concert Series, St. David’s Church Concert Series, Ringling Art Museum, Eckerd College, and New College.
Mrs. Lowitt maintains a private studio where she teaches vocal technique to persons who have completed vocal rehabilitation required after surgery, voice strain and physical illness. She is passionate in her efforts to help others use their voice healthfully for confident expression and joyful effective communication.
FUN FITNESS “An upbeat & interactive exercise class for better strength, balance and flexibility that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair.”
Kathi Sims is a Registered Nurse, Certified Parkinson Fitness Instructor, a Medical Exercise Specialist and a Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor. As an Exercise Specialist, she has worked with physicians, surgeons and physical therapists to create exercise programs for individuals with specific medical conditions, post-surgery and post-rehabilitation. Kathi has been teaching Parkinson fitness classes for 10 years.
As a fitness instructor, Kathi connects with her participants on a personal level. She recognizes physical limitations and encourages the social supportive aspects of her fitness programs, acknowledging that in addition to the physical benefits of exercise; support, socialization and a sense of fun and play are all important contributors to overall health and well-being.