An introductory demonstration on yoga and relaxation techniques will be offered at the January meetings of Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs.
The meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at The Resource Center's administrative offices, 200 Dunham Avenue in Jamestown, and Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Feeling stressed from the holidays? Need to unwind, relax and have a sense of peace? Those who attend the January Parents for Parents meetings will receive an introduction to yoga and relaxation. Sarah Conlan, a certified Hatha Yoga and Laughing Yoga instructor, will lead the groups. She will demonstrate ways to relax and bring a sense of peace into your life. Those planning to attend should dress comfortably so that they can participate in the yoga and relaxation. This workshop is a gentle, introductory class, and there is no need for previous yoga experience. Everyone will be able to participate regardless of ability.
Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns.
Usually the Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month; the January schedule has been adjusted because New Year's Day fell on a Wednesday.
New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children's activities and support staff on hand.
For more information, phone 366-8176 for the Dunkirk meeting or 661-1057 for the Jamestown meeting.