Bulletin Board: Gymnasium For The Mind classes at Carlin G. Smith Center

Submitted by Gymnasium For the Mind

Gymnasium For The Mind’s games and brain-training techniques make it fun to sharpen the mind.

Gymnasium For The Mind is conducting free one-hour workshops every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center on Mount Washington.

Gymnasium For The Mind’s program of games and exercises is designed to stimulate the mind and imagination. Since the games are played with other participants, as opposed to computer-based brain training games, they promote social interaction and self-confidence. The games
exercise a wide range of mental cognitive activities, including working memory, attention, processing speed, imagination, problem solving, and verbal fluency.

It used to be generally accepted that the brain didn’t change much after childhood, and that we carried the same brain throughout life. However, in the past ten years, researchers have discovered, through highly sensitive imaging, that new stimuli and challenges can cause the brain to fundamentally reorganize itself. This ability, called neuroplasticity, can actually cause the brain to reshape itself to become more efficient and effective given the right kind of exercise.

The Gymnasium For The Mind program was designed by Michael D. Nye and Robert Leh, both working actors who have studied and taught improvisational theater. They formed Gymnasium For The Mind after having seen and experienced how these games and exercises enhance the adaptivity, processing speed, and imagination of the players. They also saw a real need for these techniques within the general public, especially as our population ages. Research has shown that it is essential for our general happiness and quality of life to remain mentally fit and active, just as we need to stay physically active. And, just as one goes to a gym to work out to stay physically fit, Gymnasium For The Mind serves that purpose for our mental fitness. The games and exercises also stimulate ‘playfulness’. We learn better when we’re having fun, and it produces vitality and enthusiasm in the participants.

All the games are non-competitive, and played in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. Since these games and exercises are group activities, it’s a great way to get to know people while benefiting the health of your mind.

Gymnasium For The Mind workshops are held every Tuesday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. starting January 8th at the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center, 511 West Avenue 46 Los Angeles, CA 90065 (323-225-4960). Workshops are free and open to adults of all ages. Walk-ins are welcome.

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