Unwind (Yoga) and Chill Out (reading)

Two new programs for the month of January have been announced at the Stratford Library.

by Tom Holehan,
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

Evening Program, Unwind Yoga will be conducted on Thursdays January 7, 14, 21 at 7 pm via Zoom

De-stress from the day and prepare body and mind for a restful night with online yoga. Kripalu Yoga instructor, Savannah Prezioso will guide you through yoga poses to release stress and calm your mind all from your own home. Prezioso has been practicing yoga for over 13 years. Her classes are intuitive, playful and inspiring. She creates a safe space for students to facilitate a connection between breath and movement allowing for a powerful meditative experience. Her classes are accessible to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike with various opportunities for modifications.   Classes are free and will be held via Zoom on weekly Thursdays January 7, 14 and 21 at 7 pm.

Sign up for each class to receive the Zoom links.  www.stratfordlibrary.org

Bibliotherapy: Reading as Therapy Tuesday, Jan 26 at 7 pm via Zoom

Reading can be a wonderful escape and offers so many benefits. Join the Library to learn about fascinating historical attitudes regarding reading as a therapeutic activity, including time periods when books were formally prescribed to patients. Mary Mahoney, Historian and Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Trinity College, will present an overview of bibliotherapy, and then bring viewers to the present with thoughts about reading during this modern-day pandemic.  Since some people are reading more during this time, while others are finding it hard to focus, the speaker will lead a brief discussion and offer suggestions for reading reflection prompts as a way to nourish one’s life as a reader, even when it can be difficult to concentrate enough to read.  A Grab ‘n’ Go “Bibliotherapy Kit” with items to enhance your reading experience will be available for registrants to pick up. Call: 203.385.4164 for further information. “Bibliotherapy is a creative arts therapies modality that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. It uses an individual’s relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words as therapy. Bibliotherapy is often combined with writing therapy.” Wikipedia

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