What YOU Can Do For Our Newsletter

PNA Village Connections newslettersAre you interested in writing, editing, desktop publishing, or even seeing your writing featured on our blog? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

You can help your PNA Village Connections newsletter in any of the following ways:

  • Join us! The newsletter committee meets just four times per year for a planning session. You choose what you’d like to write and/or what tasks you can do. (You’ll need access to a reliable computer and the Internet, as this is the committee’s primary mode of communication.)
  • Suggest ideas or information you’d like to see covered in our newsletter and/or blog.
  • Write! We’re always looking for new topics to cover.
  • Take photos! Take photos of Village events and activities.
  • Help us mail the newsletter. We always can use help folding and preparing the newsletter for mailing.
  • Provide technical help. Two of our prime needs right now are for a person comfortable doing page layout for the printed version of the newsletter (using InDesign, Publisher or Word) as well as a person comfortable preparing the newsletter for email distribution using Vertical Response.

If any of these things sound interesting to you, please contact the Village office at 206-789-1217.

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Winter 2015 “Connections”

Connections Winter 2015

Our Winter 2015 PNA Village Connections newsletter is now available!  Great articles in this issue include:

  • Preventing Falls: A Matter of Balance
  • Fall 2014 Potluck and Sing-a-long
  • Member Services Support Team is Here to Help
  • Piano Benefit Concert
  • Home for Christmas: At the GSC!
  • My Green Lake Story
  • PNA Village Vetted Vendor Message
  • Quarterly Stats

…as well as informational flyers from Era Living and the Greenwood Senior Center.

If you’re not getting our quarterly “PNA Village Connections” newsletter, please call the PNA Village office at 206.789.1217 or email village@phinneycenter.org. You may request a paper copy (sent USPS) and/or email.  You may also view our newsletter in a browser:

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/306395/87d54e8403/1324156503/6fa58569c0/

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PNA Village Needs YOU!

Please consider contributing to our Connections blog and newsletter by submitting your writing, photos, or ideas for publication. We’d love to hear from you!

Here are some general guidelines for submission:

TAGSTopics

PNA Village Connections blog publishes a variety of posts on aging in place and staying active, healthy and engaged in our community. Our readership includes members and volunteers of all ages.

General categories include:

Word Count

Posts vary from 100 word (or less) announcements to 1000 word (or more) book reviews and articles. Most posts fall in the 250-500 word range. We also publish quick links to articles and event notices published elsewhere that will be of interest to our readership.

Tips

  • Posts with original photos get the most traffic on the blog—your photos are very welcome submissions!
  • Posts that feature animal companions and/or wildlife are very popular
  • Less is more—our most-read posts fall in the 250-500 word range
  • Posts on the PNA Village Connections blog are cross-posted to our Facebook and Google+ pages

Interested?

Please send queries to: pnavillageblog@gmail.com and be sure to include your contact information (name, email, telephone number) and any applicable links to your material.

Submissions may be kept on file for consideration for several months. PNA Village Connections blog retains the right to edit all submissions.

Thanks for contributing your voice to our Village!

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 PNA Village Connections Newsletter

To read the complete newsletter online, please visit: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/306395/adc5ca2555/1324144257/6fa58569c0/

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Allow Yoga to Enhance Your Posture and Balance

Downward Dog courtesy Jeanne Startzman

By Jeanne Startzman

As I often do, I was recently thinking about the benefits of yoga and its age-defying qualities. It occurred to me that three of my friends fell this year, and each sustained fairly serious injuries.

With yoga, students of any age can enjoy more freedom of movement, protect against injury, and foster and preserve their ability to move about.

Kathy tripped over her dog that crowded her in the bathroom; she crashed against a wall and broke her shoulder in two places. Lynae slipped on an icy street (ice is always treacherous!), fell, and fractured her left hip. And as Kristine told me, “I was feeling ungrounded that day, in a hurry, and multi-tasking when I tripped on my own feet and fell flat with my cheek breaking my fall on the edge of a retaining wall.” She suffered a broken upper jaw and concussion.

None of these women practice yoga, however I’m not implying that if they were practitioners their mishaps would not have happened. But I do believe that with a yoga practice, their chances of righting themselves before each injuring impact would have been more in their favor.

I recently taught a two-part series called “Basic Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Spine, and Improve Your Posture and Balance”. I knew that only two classes would not bring dramatic physical change, so my primary intent was to heighten students’ awareness of the connection between posture, balance, and the ability to stay upright and how yoga can enhance that relationship.

Kate in Cobra courtesy Jeanne Startzman

We opened our hearts with poses that drew our shoulders down and back as shoulder blades moved toward one another. Immediately students stood a little taller; we were on our way to improving our posture! We practiced extension postures, such as Mountain, with long, deep inhales to lengthen and bring our spines into alignment.

Chair and Warrior poses helped strengthen students’ thighs so that they might be just strong enough to withstand gravity’s forceful pull should a stumble occur. We also thawed-out our foundation by rotating our ankles and stretching our toes, enabling them to grip and respond.

Jim courtesy Jeanne Startzman

And we did balance poses! Most of us like balance postures because they’re fun and, well, they look cool once you find that sweet spot. But really, the intent of Dancer or Tree is to create an integrated, overall body balance that will serve us in our everyday activities so that maybe, just maybe, you can catch yourself when you trip over a section of raised sidewalk or you’re steady on your tiptoes as you stretch way-high to reach that bowl on the top shelf.

Overall, our two practices and new-found awareness served to remind us that it’s all about maintaining our centers of gravity. Slumping posture leads to rounded shoulders, which lead to a protruding head and neck. Given such a weak posture profile, even a small misstep can result in a fall. Unfortunately (and especially as we age) falling down can be life-changing with injuries that steal mobility and independence. With yoga, students of any age can enjoy more freedom of movement, protect against injury, and foster and preserve their ability to move about.

Even the quiet calm and clear mind that is yoga can help save us from harm. During her recuperation, my friend Kristine who broke her jaw pondered “What is the message here?” She concluded that for her, the message is to slow down, stay mindful at all times, and examine priorities. Along with a yoga practice, I consider it a valuable message for all of us to heed.

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This article was originally published on the Whole Life Yoga blog. Jeanne is a graduate of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program and can be contacted at yogaspring@hotmail.com and www.yogaspringyoga.com.

Welcome to PNA Village Connections

By Janice Dilworth

Welcome to the launch of the PNA Village Blog and our upcoming quarterly newsletter, “PNA Village Connections”. This blog and newsletter is the result of collaboration between me, as the staff person of the PNA Village, and three Village volunteers, Alyssa McFarland, Liz Bjorkman and L. McLean.

The target audience is you, PNA Village members, volunteers, and businesses.

Like everything else in the PNA Village, the blog and newsletter will evolve, based on input from you and on the work of our volunteers.

My question to you is: What do you want to see in this blog? What would be of interest to you?

Our goal is to provide a place to start a dialogue which reflects the varied voices and perspectives of the people who have come together to create this intentional community.

Please take a moment sign up for weekly updates from your fellow members, volunteers and staff of the PNA Village.  Everyone is welcome to contribute! And watch for your copy of “PNA Village Connections”.

Please send your ideas, comments, and suggestions to: village@phinneycenter.org

Janice Dilworth
PNA Village
206.789.1217

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