BETHEL – Experience the joy of movement and music for healthy aging with Lisa Davidson, yoga teacher, and Jim Gallant, guitarist/singer/songwriter, each of whom will present for the ‘To Your Health’ spring program on April 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St, Bethel. The program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Lisa Davidson, Yoga Teacher

Yoga Demonstration and Participation — Lisa Davidson will begin the program with ‘How Yoga Helps Us Age Well.’ Davidson, who has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 40 years, will demonstrate and encourage audience participation in gentle yoga postures, from either a seated or standing position.

The postures will focus on improving strength, mobility, and balance to create a sense of positivity and peacefulness, all while having fun. ‘Through practice, we learn how the three A’s – Awareness, Acceptance, and Adjustment—help us move joyfully through life. We are told to keep on moving so we may age well. Through yoga, we will discover how to enjoy keeping yourself healthy, rather than making it a chore on the to-do list,’ says Davidson.

Ms. Davidson trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healing and has expanded her studies and certifications to teaching yoga to seniors. She offers weekly live stream Kripalu and gentle senior yoga sessions via Zoom. Lisa is also a Reiki Master and loves hiking and skiing. Face masks will be required for the yoga program only. Please wear rubber-soled shoes.

Show and Singalong — The second half of the program brings guitarist and singer/songwriter Jim Gallant to the stage. Whether performing at a coffeehouse, college concert, or an outdoor festival, Gallant captures the hearts and feet of his audience. His up-tempo guitar style and mix of catchy originals and masterful interpretations leave the audience feeling fully satisfied.

From Dylan and the Beatles to Bach and blues, his shows are fun-filled and exciting. Jim will perform some of his original songs, and familiar old-time classics, and lead some singalong selections for all to enjoy.

Jim performs throughout Maine and New England as a soloist or with his band. He has shared the stage with Doc Watson, New Grass Revival, Taj Mahal, Livingston Taylor, Jessie Colin Young, Dave Von Ronk, and others. He has been a guitar instructor at the Fiddlehead Center for the Arts in Gray since its beginning.

This program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of the Western Mountains Senior College, in collaboration with the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Adult and Community Education. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 207-522-4625.

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