Welcome! My name is Georgia London and I am the creator of ZENgevity Fitness. Seven years ago I was asked by my local Council on Aging to do an exercise program for Seniors. I had just started teaching a different movement program.
As I taught that program, I found that the seniors I was teaching needed much more. Not only different physical exercise movements, they needed mental challenges, emotional support and spiritual access. Balance issues were there for them, some not confident even in their walking. They needed movements that would improve Neurological Integration or Brain fitness. ZENgevity is a way for seniors to take an active role in their mental fitness, emotional fitness as well as their physical fitness.
I found that I really enjoyed working with seniors. Teaching is a delight! I began to study and formulate a program that would meet the Seniors’ physical needs, mental needs, emotional needs, social needs, spiritual needs, energetic needs and self-care needs.
As a Philomath, Family Therapist, Life Coach, Researcher and Dance and Yoga teacher I was prepared to design ZENgevity to meet all of their needs. I developed the Ten Components to ZENgevity fitness and began teaching others how to teach ZENgevity. I developed a process we call CORE-Energy.
Several years ago, my mother-in-law, came to live with us. At 86, she was very fragile. She would often say “I have an 86 year old body and a 30 year old mind” and she did. During those last few years, I went with her to Assisted Living Places, Rehabs, Senior Centers and Long Term Care facilities. As I traveled around with her to these places I realized, that things had not changed very much in over 30 years when I was in Activity Assistant at a local nursing home, fresh out of College. There was balloon Volleyball over the table. Maybe a fitness class video to watch and do, and not much else.
I would see men and women in wheelchairs sitting in the hallways. With blank looks on their faces, and nothing to do. One man I remember was slumped over in his chair, lonely and bored to tears. I noticed that everybody who walked by him, averted their gaze. This so often happens to our seniors, they become invisible. I want to bring that visibility back. Our mission in ZENgevity is to really “create a movement”, a movement that allows our seniors to be honored for their wisdom and served in the way that they deserve. I know that we can change this invisibility and loneliness. One way is to teach Seniors to have fun and enjoy movement. At ZENgevity we bring back the joy, laughter and love of life!