By Sarah Gardner

“How can you know what is right for the world?
By knowing what is right for your own life.” – Tao Teh Ching

If you or a loved one experience feelings of depression for short or long periods of time, you are familiar with its oppressively heavy cloak.

Studies show that 9.5 percent of Americans 18 and older are diagnosed with depression and 27 million are prescribed medication for their symptoms.

These medications for depression are, by design, short-term remedies which mask – not cure – symptoms, create dependency, withdrawal symptoms, adverse side effects, new illnesses and have an 80 percent relapse rate.

Add to this the fact that depression often goes undiagnosed in a culture where a state of discontent is often the accepted norm, and we start to see that it is time to look at other ways to understand and treat depression.

As a practitioner who sees clients with symptoms of depression, it would not be my wish to take the medications away.


Sons of Norway Fitness Classes

10:15 a.m., Wednesdays

A series of exercise and fitness class will be held at the Leif Erikson Lodge Sons of Norway and costs $10 for four weeks. The instructor, Audry Pan Collins, is a personal trainer and instructor who has devised the class called Fit after 50. She has presented it in several venues. Classes are open to Lodge members and community members. Sign up in the Lodge office at or call Leif Erikson Lodge at 206.783.1274.


Leif Erikson Lodge
2245 N.W. 57th St.

Greenwood Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center Grand Opening

The community is invited to receive free consultations, energy readings and hand/shoulder healing massages at the Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center grand opening.

There will be a free open class held at 10 a.m. and noon. Each class is one hour long and is comprised of deep stretching, breath work, meditation, energy training and brain wave vibration (a dynamic movement meditation).

Refreshments (including gluten-free) and tea will be served.

RSVP by calling 206.453.5989.


Greenwood Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center
8750 Greenwood Ave. N. Ste. S2

Pilates for $2

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, until Jan. 30

In Mat Pilates, you'll get an amazing full body work out that improves posture, flexibility and core strength helping to relieve back and neck pain as well as improves strength for other sports or daily activities. Try it for just $2 and register for the session at just $8 per class. Mats provided. Beginners and experienced students welcome.

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Free Yoga Classes

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us in celebrating Yoga Day 2010 with FREE Classes! We will be offering free classes for both seasoned students and those new to yoga. Classes will include Kripalu Yoga Dynamic Flow, Kripalu All-levels Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Family Yoga as well as a Free Thai Yoga Massage demo. On Sunday only, purchase a punch card of studio pass and receive 10 percent off.

Go to the events page of for more info on class schedule.


The Phinney Yoga House
6615 Dayton Ave. N.

Weight Management Class

Curves Free Weight Management Classes will be offered at the work out studios in Ballard and Crown Hill. Ballard Curves will hold classes on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. – noon. Crown Hill Curves will hold classes the first Wednesday of every month from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Members and non members are welcome.

Call 206.789.1965 (Ballard) or 206.783.1556 (Crown Hill) to RSVP.


Ballard Curves, 2821 N.W. Market St.
Crown Hill Curves, 10033 Holman Rd. N.W.

Circuit Training for Seniors

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Use multiple weight stations and cardio equipment to get fit. Each class is $35 for 11 weeks.

For information call 233.7138.

Breathing Lap

Wednesdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The body's requirements for oxygen vary widely with muscular activity. Sometimes we interfere, hold our breath or get tense. Breathing and moving efficiently will benefit intelligence, balance, avoid injury and pain, and increase your sense of well being. Play around with experiments, increase your efficiency in yoga, working at your computer, speaking to people, singing, playing an instrument, dancing, walking, singing. $80.
Call 206.783.4593 for more information.


Taj Yoga Studio Space, Crown Hill Activity Center
9250 14th Ave. N.W.

Volleyball for 50+


Southwest Community Center

2801 S.W. Thistle St.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon.

Men and women ages 50+ wanted for drop-in play volleyball.

For information call Mary at 935-2162.

Repeats every week every Thursday until Tue Jan 26 2010 .


Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St.
Seattle, WA 98126
Phone: 684-7438

Life long Recreation for people 50+

Work on improving your endurance, balance, and strength. Mondays 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Starting Jan. 4 - March 15. Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W. Call 206.233.7138 to register. Cost $30 for 11 weeks.

Lifelong Conditioning:
This class holds variety. Work on strength training at exercise stations while doing walking cardio intervals. Thursdays 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Jan. 7-March 18, Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W. Call 233.7138 to register. Cost $35 for 11 weeks.

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