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Senior Wellness and Fitness Classes

Enjoy specially designed classes that will invigorate your body and sense of self.

Individuals over 60 never pay tuition, only fees!

Winter/Spring 2022 classes


Classes offered at other times

Aerobics for the Senior Adult: A Low Impact Routine
A low impact aerobic workout designed for the Senior Adult that devotes a half-hour to cardio and a half-hour to body toning.

Aging in Reverse with Yoga, Level 1: Gentle
Feel better with gentle rocking movements to relieve stiff achy joints without straining tight muscles while at the same time improving your resilience in the face of stressful events.

Chair Exercises for the Senior Adult
Explore this modified, low-intensity chair exercise course in a fun environment, designed to improve mobility, balance, strength, muscle toning, flexibility, range of motion, and cardiovascular health.

Chair Pilates
Focus on improving core strength, balance, posture, flexibility, breathing, muscle tone, and more in this modified program. Specifically designed to maintain independence and quality of life. Expect to practice exercises dealing with muscle strengthening, nervous system improvement, mental clarity, stress reduction, balance control, joint pain reduction, and more.

Chair Yoga
Traditional yoga asanas (postures) can be adapted to perform with a chair, without any pressure on your hands, wrists, or knees.

Coping with Stress During Turbulent Times
Covid-19 has impacted us physically, emotionally and socially. Age increases our vulnerability compared to other generations. Find ways to deal with fear, stress and anxiety and how to cope with the pandemic.

Gentle Yoga
Learn and practice the basic poses and breathing exercises of yoga in order to sustain or improve physical health that will facilitate relaxation, ease joint alignment and muscular engagement.  Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Have a Ball with Exercise
This low-impact, effective class incorporates exercises on the stability ball using standing aerobic moves and exercise seated on the ball. Progress to stretches while lying on the ball, strength training with free weights and resistance bands on the ball and standing. Balance and mobility are covered, and the class concludes with stretching. A list of recommended equipment will be provided.

Healthy you, Healthy Aging
Learn how to age well and maintain your physical, emotional and cognitive health.  Explore the different aspects of aging, as well as how to prepare for changing roles as you age and care for a loved one.  Discuss stress management, resources for support and planning, and normal vs. abnormal aging.

Integral Hatha Yoga
Experience the benefits of having a serene mind, harmonious spirit and a powerfully healthy body. Integrate all parts of your being for inner balance and tranquility. Each yoga pose, breathing and meditation will increase flexibility, strength, stamina and confidence. Yoga (sticky) mat required.

Introduction to Kung Fu: Tien Shan Pai Style
Every major civilization has a history of martial arts primarily for self-defense but to also promote mental, physical abilities along with focus and concentration.  The graceful, flowing style of Tien Shan Pai employs circular motions and precise footwork to defend oneself.  This is a very old martial art with roots dating back over 1,000 years.

Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics
Learn to use the therapeutic application of yoga to ease minor discomforts and improve balance, strength and flexibility. Practice simple techniques, motions and poses and develop your own yoga routine for home. You must be able to get up and down from the floor. Wear comfortable clothing and have a yoga mat to use.

Low Impact Cardio, Mobility and Strength Exercises
Receive guided instruction for low-impact, cardiovascular aerobic exercise and strength building. Learn how to perform a cardio workout and how to monitor your heart rate for cardiovascular fitness.  Discover how to use body weight and low-pound weights for strength building and how to apply gentle stretching for mobility.

Mindful Meditation
Through discussion and experiential practice of formal and informal mindful awareness techniques.

Nutrition and Brain Health
Examine and discuss the benefits of plant-based nutrition and the direct connection between nutrition and brain function. Discuss nutrition basics, substances that help and hurt our brain, food and mood, gut health, nutrition genomics, the science, myths, and general recommendations for incorporating healthy foods into our diet, and more.

Qigong and Meditation
Learn to use Qigong methods of movement and breathing along with meditation. Guided meditation and practical tools and techniques will help you to increase awareness, decrease anxiety and stress, and function better in life. You will develop your own personal practice routine.

Self-Defense Basics
No situation can be 100% safe whether at school, work or home. Gain the training and awareness needed to avoid a confrontation or attack and how best to respond if you must defend yourself. Through a variety of situations and scenarios, you'll be able to practice appropriate responses and investigate available options.

Self-Defense/Exercise with the Cane
Learn to use the cane to avoid physical harm, develop strength and become more mobile and confident in daily activities from a certified Cane Fu instructor. Please provide your own cane, preferably a wooden one. An aluminum cane with a single tip is acceptable.

Stretch and Meditation Techniques
Recharge your body and quiet your mind with stretches that can be done both with a chair and on the floor. 

Tai Chi I
Learn to relax and energize simultaneously. Decrease tension through participation in this meditation called Dance of Life. Combines coordination, balance and flexibility into rhythmic motion and gentle exercise. Excellent for all ages.

Tai Chi II
Continue the instruction of the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan introduced in Tai Chi I. Learn the ancient sequence of moves emphasizing weight shifts, total body movement, and coordinated breathing.

Tai Chi Level II with James
Learn and expand activities that can increase balance, fall prevention, chronic pain treatment, and gentle stretching and skills that increase longevity and body control. 

Yoga Therapeutics for Seniors
Learn how these practices can improve flexibility and help develop/regain muscle and bone strength. Gain techniques for deep relaxation and mental clarity. Lop/regain muscle and bone strength. Gain techniques for deep relaxation and mental clarity.