Long-time BORP fitness studio instructor, Jess Schlesinger will be offering her class two nights per week. Starting May 1st, Access Centered Yoga for Trauma and Pain will be offered Tuesday nights at 7:30-8:30 pm in addition to Thursdays. This is a donation based class, so students can attend for free and donate what they can, when they can.
You might be thinking enough already with the rain but the wildflowers are saying bring it on. It’s that time of year when people flock outdoors in search of the best places to see wildflowers. With our late rains, this year could prove to be dazzling. While I have not yet been in search of them this year I have in past years found that both Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol and Mori Point in Pacifica have been good choices for wildflower viewing. The Camp Ohlone Road trail at Sunol is hilly and for a manual chair user would require good upper body strength. The surface is aggregate with firm underlayment. Mori Point is flat and easy. Both places have accessible restrooms and parking.
If you’d prefer seeing the wildflowers from a moving vehicle you might want to head over to Niles and board the Niles Canyon Railway Wildflower train. This diesel powered locomotive travels through Nile Canyon and leaves from either Sunol or Niles, every Sunday, several times a day. Fare is $14 for adults, $8 for youth ages 3-12. A wheelchair lift is available for boarding and accessible restrooms are at both boarding points.
BORP hosted the 2018 NWBA Junior Division West Coast Conference Championship Tournament at the Arillaga Recreation Center on the campus of Stanford University on March 3-4. The tournament played host to a total of nine teams, including teams from Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and California. There were a total of 14 competitive games and two additional games, a “Girls Game” and an “All-Star Game” played during the weekend. The Utah Rush defeated the team from ParaSport Spokane to win the Championship and secure their bid into the National Tournament that will take place in April.
It was great to be on Stanford’s campus for the tournament. We have a new partnership with the Young Athletes Academy Program at Stanford’s Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. This new relationship will enable BORP athletes to access the following services: sports medicine education (lectures on a wide range of topics), pre-season health assessments, access to “Ask a Nurse” program, and Injury/illness prevention programs.
Whether you’re an avid poker player or a novice at best, anyone has a chance to make the final table at the BORP Poker Fundraiser, and this year was no exception. There was a first-time attendee, a regular, and a power soccer player and assistant coach at the table. But the person who won the tournament was Katherine Russell, who arrived at the tournament late because of a delayed flight, coming directly from the airport to the fundraiser. That’s how much she loves BORP!
The fundraiser had one of its best turnouts, with over sixty people participating. And while many were first-time players, one of the best things about the event is that people tend to come back year after year, making it feel like a fun game with family and friends, versus a cutthroat battle of competitors.
The tournament started out cautiously as everyone settled in, but by the third round, the “all in’s” were coming from every table and the first player was knocked out. Luckily this year we had instituted the ability for people to “buy back in” to the tournament by making another donation and almost everyone took advantage of this option which kept almost everyone playing in the tournament for the first two hours. From there people started dropping like flies. One could hear the cheers of joy and moans of despair as the last card in the hand was revealed to help someone win and derail someone’s hopes.
The final table had Adam, a power soccer player from Sacramento, against Katherine who helped to produce a documentary about power soccer. Adam was the chip leader by 4 to 1 at the start but Katherine clawed her way back, battling it out. Patience, savvy betting, and a few lucky cards put her over the top in victory. A spectator commented, “This kind of action should be televised!”
Thanks to everyone for supporting BORP power soccer and another successful poker fundraiser! With your contributions, we were able to meet our fundraising goal, raising more than $10,000! Mark your calendars for next year’s event February 23, 2019, to see your old poker buddies and make some new friends, too.
Big thanks to Bob Dubow for helping get the tournament started off with a poker tutorial that helped new and rusty poker players feel confident and comfortable participating. He did such a good job teaching people how to play one of the students knocked him out of the tournament! The tutorial drew a crowd and actually got people in the spirit to shuffle up and deal.
I’d also like to thank Jonathan Newman for setting up and making the venue look good, Betsy Dorsett and Daniel McDonnell for making sure everybody got registered, Danielle and Tiffany for quenching everyone’s thirst, and Sarah Dawn for providing the amazing food and treats.
This year more great support was also provided by Delta Gamma sorority throughout the night. They helped the entire event from set up to clean up and we couldn’t do it without them!
In addition to her Monday Integrative Healing class, Valerie Jew is offering chair yoga once again Tuesdays at 1:00 PM. Chair Yoga Class adapts traditional yoga poses frequently practiced on a yoga mat to students using wheelchairs and walkers as well as those with other special needs. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. Students participating in Chair Yoga explore asana and work on a range of motion and flexibility, strengthening muscles and joints, and reducing stress. These classes include yoga poses for the body, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques
BORP welcomes Julia “Jules” Folgelson to our team of Fitness Studio instructors. Jules believes everybody can practice yoga, whether it be on a chair, cushion or mat. Jules came to teach at BORP years after completing her yoga teacher training in Los Angeles. She leads a yoga practice rooted deeply in the breath and the spiritual practice of movement meditation – a balance of strengthening and stretching to heat up the body and cool down the mind – while always embracing alignment and safety. With a joyful, light-hearted approach, Jules provides a safe and playful space to meld the physical asana practice of yoga with the breath to create love and compassion for ourselves and others. Jules has a nurturing and playful teaching style, offering music, guided relaxation, and optional gentle hands-on adjustments. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Jules works as a social worker and therapist, which has deeply informed the compassionate way she approaches teaching.
Body Positive Yoga Flow is a ‘come as you are’ yoga class suitable for all levels. She teaches this as a Vinyasa style flowing class that focuses on linking conscious breath with mindful transitions between poses. The class will begin slow, build up to a vigorous standing sequence, and cool down with relaxing floor movements. Students can expect to build strength, flexibility, and concentration while heating the body and calming the mind. Modifications will be provided to make poses accessible for all levels.
The studio is located at the Ed Roberts Campus on the first floor: Suite 150 at 3075 Adeline St. Berkeley, CA 94703
For questions or suggestions contact the Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 510-849-4663 ext. 1319
As you may know, there is a Mobility and Transportation EXPO being held in the ERC on April 14th. Longtime BORP yoga instructor Valerie Jew and co-teacher JoAnn Lyons will be teaching a free a class in the lobby area from 11-12pm! Also, during this expo, BORP Tai Chi master Ralf Somack will be offering free demos in the fitness studio.