Here and Now, the Pietra Fitness Chair Collection is an excellent way to move your body, lengthen and strengthen your muscles, lower blood pressure, improve balance and circulation, and best of all, to pray! All of this is done while sitting in a chair or using the chair for support. The Scripture and prayers for each class focus on a different aspect of living in the here and now, as Fr. Jacques Philippe offered in his book Interior Freedom.
If you are new to our chair classes, Here and Now #1 is the best place to start. In this 31-minute class, Cathy will lead you through gentle exercises that will warm up and work your entire body. Most of the moves will be seated in a chair, but she does stand for a few poses that use the chair for support. You can always leave this part out if needed. The meditation will have you contemplating living in the present moment.
Excerpt from Interior Freedom, by Fr. Jacques Phillippe (ScepterPress)
This video is done entirely in the chair, and while you will work all the major muscle groups, Cathy focuses on the legs and hips. After some restorative breathing and warming up the body, you will do knee lifts with heel kicks, Inner thigh work, a lunge series, seated jumping jacks, and much more. The Scripture and prayers have you focusing on living each day well.
Move through seated exercises that will increase flexibility, balance, and range of motion. Chris will also have you work on good posture, checking in with that throughout the class. The beautiful meditation will help you to realize that the present moment is rich in grace and holds immense reassurance, especially in times of trial and adversity.
In this video, you will have fun toning, tightening, and moving your arms in all different ways, all while seated in a chair! While the class still hits all major muscle groups, you will see how Cathy weaves arm and shoulder work into most of the exercises. The meditation will have you focusing on not dwelling on the past and being sad, but instead, trust that God can draw good out of everything!
This 42-minute class is designed to help you maintain your strength and balance with exercises done in the chair and standing using the chair for support if needed. Light-weights are optional, or you can use soup cans, water bottles, or nothing at all! Chris will have you standing doing exercises that will improve your balance and core strength. You will come away from this class feeling stronger and standing taller. The prayers and Scripture will help you contemplate living in the present moment and not worrying about the future. (NOTE: This class should not be done every day as you should give your arms a break from weights for at least a day or two in between.)
Chris will have you doing fun and different exercises that will work your arms, core, and entire body in this 37-minute chair class. She will be using an optional band, but you can use a towel or other prop available at home or not use anything at all. You will still get the benefit! The prayers and Scripture will have you contemplating being available to others.