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  • Description: Warrior 1 is a common pose you see in most yoga classes, but it can be tricky and physically demanding as it works your entire body. Let Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, guide you through it in this short video, including how to use a chair to help you into the pose.

  • Description: In Part 2 of our hip flexor strength series, Nancy Campbell, MS, shows two floor exercises you can quickly do at home. Remember to watch Part 1 if you haven't already!  Strengthen your Hip Flexors: Part 1

  • Description: Tight, or weak, hip flexors can lead to lower body pain and injury. It's important to strengthen and stretch your hip flexors as part of your regular exercise routine! In Part 1, Nancy Campbell, MS, shows two standing exercises you can quickly do at home.

  • Description: It's so important to move your body throughout the day, especially if you find yourself sitting at a desk or commuting for long hours! This 20-minute chair stretches video is a great way to stretch and energize your limbs, and can be especially useful for cancer patients who find themselves perhaps too tired for a more active workout. Only equipment needed is a chair, preferably one with no arms!
    Instructor: Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT
  • Description: Ready for some weight-bearing ankle strengthening exercises? Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, will demonstrate seated and standing weight-bearing ankle exercises. This is a continuation of "Strengthen Your Ankles: Part 1" that will help you in your progression of increasing your ankle strength, stability, and mobility.
    You will need a chair and yoga blocks. If you don't have blocks available, try using a sturdy book!
  • Description: Use resistance to strengthen your ankles! If you don't have a TheraBand or loop band available, you could try using an old pair of nylon tights or leggings you don't mind stretching out. Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, will demonstrate four ankle strengthening exercises with resistance bands that will increase your stability and ankle mobility.

  • Description: Curious about Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, and Meditation? In this video, Ramel "Rami" Rones, a Tai Chi Master, provides an explanation of these ancient Chinese mind/body practices, and describes their benefits for maintaining health and wellbeing. Rami also demonstrates the meditative and movement exercises one can expect from his Qigong and Tai Chi classes.

  • Description: The ankle joint is very important for stability and movement. In this 6-minute video, Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, guides you through non weight-bearing stretches for the ankles, that can help increase mobility and prepare your ankle joints for weight-bearing exercises.

  • Description: Learn more about how nutrition can impact your heart health, and receive practical guidance in reducing your risk for heart disease. View and download the slide deck here. 

  • Description: Research shows that strength training can help slow down bone loss, and can even help build stronger, denser bones. This is especially important for patients who have osteoporosis and are at risk for bone fractures. Join Nancy Campbell, MS, exercise physiologist at the Zakim Center, for a quick workout focused on strengthening the whole body. Equipment needed and substitutions: Chair Hand weights – soup cans, water bottles Yoga mat - move to carpet, take off socks