Virtual Balance Awareness Class with Yasmin Ofek

At 10 am on Friday mornings in July, join the Scotch Plains Public Library on Zoom for a different approach to exercise! Older adults in particular are encouraged to take part in these classes that are designed to address the loss of balance and strength that can occur with age. Yasmin Ofek’s instruction integrates principles from the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes moving with awareness to allow your nervous system to discover easier, more efficient movement patterns. With her knowledge of anatomy and experience as a fitness trainer, Yasmin’s classes can help you establish a better connection between the brain and body, while also gently strengthening the muscles that keep your body upright.

All you’ll need are a chair and sneakers to experience this gentle but effective approach to moving confidently throughout the lifespan! These classes have been wildly popular week after week and participants have expressed how much they enjoy and appreciate Yasmin’s unique approach.

Register once to attend any (or all) of the classes in July (July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30). You will immediately receive an email with the Zoom link that will be used for all the July classes.

The registration form and information about the library’s entire month of programming, can be found at You can also register by phone by calling 908-322-5007 x204.

Contact Information
  1. Adult Services Department
  2. 908-322-5007 x 204
Fri, July 23
10:00 am — 9:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 07/23/2021 10:00am 07/23/2021 9:00pm America/New_York Virtual Balance Awareness Class with Yasmin Ofek

At 10 am on Friday mornings in July, join the Scotch Plains Public Library on Zoom for a different approach to exercise! Older adults in particular are encouraged to take part in these classes that are designed to address the loss of balance and strength that can occur with age. Yasmin Ofek’s instruction integrates principles from the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes moving with ...

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Why then ...

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Community Conversations: Preventing Skin Cancer

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Dear Editor:

Very soon, it will be the first Tuesday in August.

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