Wellbeing courses

You may have missed our Wellbeing sessions during RAAW (RA Awareness Week) week 2021, but they are now back as full-length courses for Wellbeing 2022. We also piloted NRAS Wellbeing courses last year, and with great demand have scheduled many more NRAS Wellbeing Courses specifically for people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

The motivation behind NRAS organising these courses is due to the fact that many of you have been in touch to let us know how your overall health and wellbeing – in terms of exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and mental wellbeing – has a significant impact on the self management of your RA or JIA. With this in mind, we approached experts in their field (who all live with RA or JIA themselves) and asked them to design short courses specifically for the benefit of our community.   

Wellbeing courses timetable

Course TitleCourse LeaderCourse DatesNo of WeeksDay of the WeekTime
Tai Chi for Arthritis Improvers CourseMorag McDade11 June – 9 July5Saturdays10am
Tripudio MovementKaren Forrester Jones6 July – 10 Aug6Wednesdays1pm
Meditation & MindfulnessSalarah Starre (formerly known as Carolyne Bennett)1 June – 29 June5Wednesdays7pm
Dance MovementDidy Veldman7 June – 5 July5Tuesdays10am
Yoga for the JointsJess Eloise13 June – 11 July5Mondays8:30am
Yoga for the JointsJess Eloise18 July – 15 Aug5Mondays8:30am

Tripudio Movement

Tripudio is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Its name is Latin for ‘dance’, but also translates as ‘leap with joy’. It is a gentle form of exercise and is performed to different genres of music. It does not exclude anyone as the exercises can be done seated. The host Karen Forrester-Jones is a fully qualified Tripudio Movement Systems instructor and also the main assistant trainer for TMS working alongside its creator Julia Williams and has been teaching for five years. 

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Yoga for the Joints

This yoga course is suitable for everyone, regardless if you are having a day when the joints feel very flared up, there will be something for all to do. The course will involve breathing exercises to help support day to day exercises designed to help create a little mobility and strength throughout the entire body. The course can also help build confidence and mental strength! Host, Jess Eloise, has over 11 years’ experience in Yoga & Qigong. 

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Meditation & Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.  The host of the Meditation & Mindfulness Wellbeing course, Salarah Starre (formerly known as Carolyne Bennett) will help you learn practices that can easily be incorporated into your everyday lives. 

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Dance Movement

Contemporary movement course helping to lift mood and ease anxiety which is fun, upbeat and low impact movement class. Didy Veldman is the host and brings with her vast experience in the world of dance with a BA degree in dance, a professional dancer for 14 years and a freelance choreographer since 2000. Didy is also a contemporary teacher and programme manager of The Royal Ballet School. 

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Nutrition & Diet

The Nutrition & Diet course will discuss functional medicine approach to support RA, including topics; gut health, toxins, stress and sleep. Lulu Ross-Brown is a physiotherapist with 26 year experience and hopes the combination of this with Functional Medicine will allow her to support many people struggling with pain, arthritis, autoimmunity and many more chronic conditions

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Tai Chi for Arthritis

The practice of Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Our host for the Tai Chi Wellbeing course, Morag McDade, gained her certification in 2013, to teach a comprehensive set of Tai Chi Health programmes, which safely address specific health issues while being safe, accessible and enjoyable for all. Morag became a Senior Trainer for The Tai Chi for Health Institute in 2015.   

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Got a question?

If you have and questions about the courses or experience any issues with your booking, please contact us via wellbeing@nras.org.uk

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