Body Harmony was started in 2005. For many years a small class was held at the Sir Philip Game Centre. In 2018, however, it expanded to three Croydon libraries as well as regular Saturday Park sessions.
These are classes of gentle exercise with origins in yoga, pilates and spiritual sides of the martial arts. Proper breathing and, from time to time, meditation are also included.
The classes are suitable for anybody and can be particularly helpful to those with a disability or health problem. Whilst many who attend are amongst the community’s more senior citizens, they are beneficial for all ages and, indeed, several younger folks often come along as well.
The sessions are a mixture of standing and chair-based.
Currently sessions are held thus:-
Mondays, 10.30 to noon: New Addington Library
Alternate Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30: Selsdon Library
Fridays, 10:30 to noon: Ashburton Library
There is no need to book and library staff with direct you.
These are done jointly with members of Seishin Ryu Aikido and, whilst there are martial origins, emphasis is on exercise, fitness, flexibility and relaxation using traditional weapons such as the Tanbo (short staff), Sensu (fan) and Jo (medium staff). The exercises have been likened to Tai Chi which is a reasonable comparision.
Classes are held every Saturday from 2 to 4 in Ashburton Park. Usually inside Ashburton Hall but sometimes out in the park if the Hall is in use. Cafe staff will be happy to direct you.
Just wear loose clothing and, for the Park class, dress for the weather just in case we are outside.
Let the teachers know if you have any health problems and they will adapt to suit.
There is no need to book and all classes are free!
More details at the Body Harmony website. The video on the front page was an impromptu demonstration put together by Body Harmony and Seishin Ryu Aikido at short notice for the Addiscombe Carnival in 2016.