‘Variety is the spice of life’, they say, and this is our philosophy here at The Chiswick. It even extends to the choice of musical entertainment we provide. Where else would you get a Shadows tribute band and a harpist/vocalist in the same week? The multi-talented, Sheila Moylan brought her own special talents to W6 when she performed for residents. Sheila sings and accompanies herself on the Irish harp but is also an art teacher and music therapist who is well used to working with groups of older people. Her gentle repertoire of traditional and contemporary Irish songs went down a treat with our audience and left them soothed, relaxed but wanting more.
If you hear the strains of Bollywood music echoing around The Chiswick, it will be down to some of our residents enjoying their chair/Bolly yoga.
Chair yoga offers many of the benefits of conventional yoga but adapts some of the moves to make them suitable for those with limited mobility or who cannot stand for extended periods, or have difficulty transitioning from sitting to standing. Many of the basic body yoga movements are the same, so sitters can still do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends and mild backbends. This ensures they can reap all the advantages that yoga brings including improved muscle tone and better breathing.
So where does Bollywood fit in? Indian dance music provides the background to uplift and inspire our yoga audience together with a rhythmic beat they can exercise along to.