Free chair yoga helps caregivers find peace

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Two participants, led by Shannon Lehn, did a chair yoga class on Aug. 29 specifically designed for caregivers.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Yoga instructor and Family First Adult Care Center employee Shannon Lehn led a class in chair yoga for caregivers.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Shannon Lehn hosted a free chair yoga event for care givers at the Family First Adult Care Center on Aug. 29.


Austintown’s newest Adult Care Center hosted a free Chair Yoga event for caregivers Aug. 29. Family First Adult Day Services, located on Kirk Road in Austintown, opened its doors in May.

Starting in June, Family First employee Shannon Lehn began hosting monthly caregiver events.

“We want to provide care givers with resources and give them a break,” Lehn said.

She said that chair yoga is an adaptive form of yoga that is less straining on the body.

“Its gentle and adaptive and allows for increased range of motion,” Lehn said. “It works on every joint of the body.”

She said that chair yoga is a great way to relax and find your center, especially for people who are in stressful home situations.

“Its a great way to remind yourself everything is temporary,” Lehn said.

Adult Day Services also offers care services for the care givers loved one, if they need it to be able to attend the event.

“Family First wants to make sure care givers are also taken care of,” Lehn said. “They’re aware that without the care givers you can’t help anyone in the family.”

Everyone is welcome to attend, Lehn said, though the focus is for caregivers.

To attend the event, Family First offers a preregistration, though Lehn said no one will be turned away if they just show up.

To preregister, you can call Family First Adult Day Services at 330-953-2704 or email

The event for September will be Self Care for Caregivers and will take place on Sept. 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“If anyone has any ideas or wants to see something we want to know,” Lehn said.

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