The Centennial year is drawing to a close, turkeys and pies are being ordered and shopping and holiday stress is upon us. What a wonderful time to join the Silver Age Yoga class at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library and let Emmy Garnica’s soothing voice guide you through the postures.
Emmy first practiced yoga during the1960’s as a graduate student at Stanford University. She moved to San Diego in 1969 and then to Cardiff-by-the-Sea in 1976.
Nine years ago she was certified at Cardiffit to teach Anahata Yoga. In 2003 she attended the organizing meeting for what is now Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach, founded by Frank Iszak, whose mission was to bring the health benefits of yoga to seniors at no cost. In 2004, after she completed the first specialized teachers’ training, Cardiffit donated space for her to offer a Silver Age Yoga Class there, where she taught the first 6 months of classes as a volunteer. In 2005, she started teaching at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library and during 2009 she offered 3 classes a week at the Library. She has also taught yoga to seniors at the San Marcos Library and at the Encinitas Terrace Apartments. Emmy finds teaching extremely rewarding and believes it has brought a sense of community to the participants. Speaking of community, she would love to see us start an organization in Cardiff-by-the-Sea based on the “Village,” a concept started in Boston supporting seniors to remain in their own homes as they get older. You can take a look at what Tierra Santa is doing at tierrasantavillage.org. Silver Age Yoga is a 501c3 organization and depends on grants and donations for funding. 30 classes offered in San Diego County are listed on their website at silverageyoga.org.
Supervisor Pam Slater-Price supported the Cardiff Library class initially with funding through the County of San Diego and the Mizel Foundation has also helped fund the class through the City of Encinitas.
Emmy’s community work includes being a San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy docent as well as participating in bird counts in North San Diego County. She leads a walk from the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center on the first Sat. of every month at 10 a.m. and invites everyone to join her.
Besides her beloved yoga she has a counseling practice in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
I have known Emmy since 1982. She has been a Friend of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library since the organization was founded and is currently a business member as well.
I encourage you to join the yoga class, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the community room of the library and I can guarantee that at the end of the hour you will be refreshed and glad you came. The class is free to those 55 and over. If you would like more information you can call Emmy at (760) 943-0319.
Silver Age Yoga is but another reason that Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a great place to call home.
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