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Our Mission
Leisure Lifestyles was founded to provide programming use through therapeutic recreation, a prescription that promotes physical, social, cognitive and emotional wellness. 

 

Description of Leisure Lifestyles Classes

Resilient Yoga with Betsy Banner

Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. — Coach Howell Center, Rooms 106-107

Resilient-able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations. The intent of this class is to offer a variety of experiences to help participants enjoy life physically and mentally with confidence. In this class we use every yoga tool possible to improve strength and flexibility and ease the impact of chronic pain. Our toolbox includes the yoga postures, our transformative breath, a chair, the wall, bolsters, straps, blankets, our imaginations, and joy. Everyone is welcome, however, it is recommended that participants discuss expectations/pre-cautions with healthcare professionals and the class instructor.  

Unwind Yoga with Betsy

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Monday, Thursday, Coach Howell Center, Rooms 106-107

The yoga mind is a beginner’s mind.  Every breath, every movement, is an opportunity to learn something new.  This class is for beginners all, whether a first class or fiftieth, age forty or eighty.  This is a movement class, where we adapt or modify the postures, to make it individually accessible.  Challenges are balanced with compassion so that each individual is able to cultivate their own physical, mental, and emotional stamina.  Everyone is welcome; please arrive a few minutes early to your first class so that you can discuss any individual needs with the class instructor.   

Dancing with a Twist with Leigh Jurney

Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Multi-purpose room, Oxford Activity Center

Dancing with a twist is an exercise program involving dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music.  You do not have to be dancer to participate.  This is a laid-back class that enjoys having a good time.Come shake what your momma gave you!  We look forward to having you in class.

 

Pilates

Wednesday and Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m. — Rooms 106-107, Coach Howell Center

Pilates is a challenging, low-impact class designed to improve muscle strength and control as well as posture, balance, and flexibility.   Exercises are typically done upright or lying on a mat. The focus is on good posture and core stabilization. The “core” includes the muscles of the abdomen, pelvic floor, back, and hips. Good posture and core stabilization are the foundation for safe, effective everyday movements. Bodyweight and gravity resistance are used, as well as dumbbells and balls, to hit all major muscle groups.

Tai Chi with Chris Aloia

Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. — Coach Howell Center, Rooms 106-107
Saturday, 10:15 a.m. — Coach Howell Center, Rooms 106-107


Older adults usually seek out Tai Chi because they are starting to see they need to improve their overall fitness and, especially their balance. Accordingly, Chris's teaching focuses on discovering the deeper aspects of balance through consistent repetitive practice of Tai Chi postures. Since Tai Chi has roots in martial arts, its postures are designed to help students understand how their bodies move through space and how to recognize the impact that gravity has on their bodies. Chris teaches the Yang Style 24 posture Tai Chi form because it the most popular form of Tai Chi.

Art with a Kick with Andy Bedsworth * This class will resume in August, 2021
Friday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — LLO Room

This class is geared to anyone who wants to express themselves creatively. The emphasis is on fun and exploration of many different techniques and media where everyone gets the opportunity to try new skills without any pressure. Non-artists and hobbyists are welcome to join!

 

Yoga with Stevi Self

Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Coach Howell Center, Rooms 106-107

Gentle Yoga with Stevi involves slow-moving Yoga poses and guided breath work to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and mental calm and focus. You can add this if you want or leave it off if you think it’s irrelevant: Stevi is a certified Yoga therapist with over 20 years experience teaching to all levels of ability. She adapts every class to the needs of the students who attend. 

Senior Involvement

Oxford Park Commission has many ways for our seniors to become involved. Check out our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program and Leisure Lifestyles pages for more information. Attached is an application to volunteer: 

Contact

Oxford Park Commission

396 Price Street 
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 662-232-2379

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Oxford Park Commission

396 Price Street 
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 662-232-2379

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