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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Fitness, Health & Wellness

Let It Go! w/ Tony


with Tony Garreton

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

"Let it Go with Tony" is under TDF (Tony Dance Fiesta LLC) and is not only a dance program that helps you physically by burning calories and keeping you fit, but it also helps you fight depression, it will encourage you to feel empowered and confident. It will be a time dedicated especially to you, where you will laugh, dance, without being judged. This class is for everybody, gender, age and shape… you will go at your own pace, just like you would in a nightclub or in a family party! Course fee is for 6 sessions with Tony. Participation can be either in-person or remote via Zoom!

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Moving through Life with Ease: the Alexander Technique


with Judy Pagon

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The Alexander Technique is a practical, educational approach that helps you rediscover your natural ease by becoming aware of the way you use yourself. It helps you observe your own patterns of movement and recognize how they interfere with your natural ease, so you can stop interfering and enjoy freer, more natural movement. Learn to make constructive changes in your life and enjoy more ease in all of your pursuits, whether it’s working at a computer, exercising, gardening, or playing an instrument!

Cultivating Kindness for Self and Others with Metta Meditation


with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

Calendar Oct 6, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

“We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love.” – Sharon Salzberg. Metta, or Loving-Kindness meditation, involves the repetition of phrases during meditation, such as “May you be happy, may you be safe …” to connect with the fundamental goodness in our own hearts. Practicing Loving-kindness meditation can help us to: Cultivate unconditional friendliness toward ourselves and others, Deepen our understanding of our habitual reactions, Explore our relationship with difference in an embodied way, Train to bring a more spacious, kind, peaceful awareness to our everyday lives. This series will include 15 - 20 minutes of gentle guided movement, 20-30 minutes of guided Loving-Kindness meditation, followed by discussion. No experience necessary, all are welcome.

Nordic Walking: Session II


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Oct 12, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Nordic Walking is like cross country skiing without the skis and is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the world. It burns 20 to 40 percent more calories than regular walking, develops upper body strength, increases safety by adding upright stability, while educing the impact on lower body weight-bearing joints. It improves neck and chest mobility, enhances mood, and is a fun and social way to enjoy the outdoors year round. Nordic walking is suitable for everyone from the beginning exerciser to the active athlete. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for outdoor weather. Equipment rental fee $9 or bring a set of Nordic Walking poles.

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Introduction to Holistic Energy


with Jeannie Sullivan

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Want to learn more about your chakra system? Want to learn more about the energy that makes you...YOU? Want to experience a mediation that leaves you feeling like you have had a massage for your soul? Come learn what your holistic energy field is, where it is, and how it is used to help keep you healthy. You will learn the importance of clearing your energy field or aura and how to do that in a number of ways.

Nia: Dance Fitness (Session II)


with Anna Fiedler

Calendar Nov 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Nia is an energizing barefoot cardio workout that connects you to your body, mind, and soul. Through Nia, you can safely explore and enhance your potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging your senses and listening to your body. Nia combines dance, martial arts, and mindful movement to leave you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is non-impact and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Each class starts with setting a focus. We will then warm up, dance our hearts out, and cool down, followed by stepping back out into daily life. Anna Fiedler is a certified Nia blue belt teacher who has taught Nia since 2007. She enjoys creating space for others to connect together to tap into their power and well-being through movement. Session One (9/20-10/25): Balance - as we enter the season of longer nights, we'll play with ways to maintain your balance through movement, space, emotional expression, and energy. Session Two (11/1-12/6): Celebrating your whole self - learn new ways to own all that you bring to the world, including your body, mind, emotions, and uniqueness.

Mat Pilates w/ Barbara: Session II


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Nov 14, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Beginner mat classes are for people who have never tried Pilates before, those who’ve had a substantial break from the practice, and for many of us whose bodies might have their fair share of quirks yet don’t require individual postural correction. With a focus on the breath and flow, Pilates exercises relieve stress and soothe aches and pains. With all the hunching, sitting, and planning we tend to do, the cues and corrections of each class will increase your postural and muscular awareness, both during class and the minute you step out of class. Mat required. ***NO CLASSES: 10/10 & 10/17

Introduction to Yoga


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Nov 14, 2022 at 6:15 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Yoga has been around for 5,000 years - and for a good reason: It works. By practicing yoga, you can rejuvenate, care for, and nurture yourself at the deepest levels, resulting in greater reservoirs of compassion and tolerance for other people and a positive impact on your relationships. Most importantly, you will develop a better relationship with yourself. Learn about yoga's history and philosophy, yoga postures to practice, relaxation and meditation practices, and even a bit of Sanskrit. Please bring a yoga mat. Optional, but recommended props include a cushion and/or yoga blanket for seated postures. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

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