Local health briefs: Yoga Arts starts up community class

October 8, 2013 

BRADENTON-- The owners of Yoga Arts, 1122 12th St. W. in Bradenton's Village of the Arts, are starting a Saturday community yoga class beginning Oct. 12. Open Door Yoga will be offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and are asking for donations instead of charging a class fee. Students choose the amount they donate.

"The amount can be nothing or more than that," said Carrie Whaley, co-owner of Yoga Arts.

The community yoga session, taught by yoga instructor Preston Whaley Jr., is being offered to extend yoga to people who can't afford to take a class or take classes on a regular basis, said Whaley. Normally, Yoga Arts classes cost $14 each for drop-ins or $10 per class for an eight-week session.

The community class is best for students who are at least advanced beginners with some prior yoga experience, said Whaley.

Yoga Arts is fully equipped with mats and yoga props but space is limited to 15 students. The Saturday class will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. For information, call 941-747-9397 or visit www.yoga-arts.net.

Alzheimer's Association honors long-time worker

SARASOTA -- The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is betting that many people in the community will want to wish program specialist Helen Nider a happy retirement.

The association is holding an open house in her honor from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at its Sarasota office, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1.

Nider has worked at the Alzheimer's Association for 17 years and is a local legend, said Gloria Smith, CEO of the Gulf Coast Chapter.

"She's helped thousands of families. I get cards all the time saying 'Helen saved my life' and they mean it," said Smith. "Helen has really helped people hang on. She's a gentle soul and she'll spend as much time as needed."

Nider helped find respite care, located resources, or

just lent an ear to listen, said Smith. She also was the organizer of a popular caregiver outing held each year.

"A lot of people want to say goodbye so we're to make sure they get the opportunity," said Smith.

This will be Nider's second retirement. She signed on at the Alzheimer's Association after retiring from a 20-year career at the YMCA.

For more information about the open house, call 727-578-2558.

Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at shemmingway@hotmail.com.

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