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Restorative Yoga


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next session starts Apr 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Restorative yoga is a practice of conscious relaxation using props in every posture to support your muscles in gentle, comfortable positions. There are NO Downward Facing Dog and Cobra that are keystones of other popular yoga styles. Poses include gentle supine twists, supported forward folds, and hip openers. The poses are held from 3 to 30 minutes giving your body plenty of time to relax so that your mind can enter a quiet meditative state. Blocks and bolsters provided. Please bring your mat, blankets, and other favorite supports. *No Class: 4/15.

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A Journey into Essential Oils and Emotions


with Cary Ouellette

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 23, 2024 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week
2 additional sessions through Jun 11, 2024

Join us on a sensory and enlightening session introducing you to the profound connection between essential oils and emotions. Delve into the world of aromatherapy and discover how specific scents can evoke powerful emotional responses. Learn through a lecture how essential oils can become your emotional allies, influencing mood, and promoting a sense of well-being. Plus, immerse yourself in the experience by sampling a curated selection of essential oils. Join us for an aromatic adventure where your emotions take center stage. You will be gifted an essential oil to take home.

Zumba Dance Fitness


with Patti Lanigan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Get a fun workout in this Latin-based dance fitness class! The instructor will teach basic steps and give cues to get you dancing salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, urban Latin, Caribbean, hip-hop, street funk, and more. This high- energy workout combines cardio, strengthening, and toning while boosting your energy and mood. Dance sneakers recommended. Please note: Sneakers with too much tread don't work as well for dance moves. Join the party!

SoulAlchemy: Craft Your Emotional Soul Blend with Essential Oils


with Cary Ouellette

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 30, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 20, 2024

Immerse yourself in "SoulAlchemy," a session dedicated to crafting your emotional soul blend with essential oils. Begin with a brief introduction on how essential oils impact mood. Then, dive deeper as you use a pendulum to intuitively select up to three essential oils that resonate with your emotional needs. Learn the profound emotional properties of your chosen oils and craft a personalized soul blend that reflects and uplifts your unique essence.

Gentle Yoga Stretch


with Heather Laffely

Calendar Next session starts Apr 30, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks
2 additional sessions through May 1, 2024

This class is for those wanting a gentle yoga stretch, at a slow pace. We mindfully and safely encourage our muscle tissues to deeply lengthen and stretch, increasing range of motion and flexibility. We give intention to our breath and awareness to how it connects our mind to our body. This class is designed for those just getting back in to moving their bodies, as well as, seasoned yogis looking for a mild, full body stretch. ***NO CLASS: 4/16.

Slow Flow Vinyasa
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Slow Flow Vinyasa


with Heather Laffely

Vinyasa yoga is a practice which strings postures(yoga stretches and poses) together seamlessly with the breath. In this class we will take a slower pace than traditionally practiced, mindfully moving from one yoga posture to another. This allows ample time to breathe in each pose. A slower pace also allows us to deepen the postures, while remaining present with each movement. This creative class encourages mind/body connection as we build fire in the physical body, simultaneously stimulating the mind. *No Class: 4/17.

Yin Yoga w/ Heather


with Heather Laffely

Calendar Next available session starts May 6, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Yin yoga is a style of yoga where passive yoga posture(poses) are held for extended periods of time. Typically 3-5 min., sometimes up to 10. In these passive postures, muscle activity is minimized, with a focus on stretching connective tissues, such as fascia, ligaments and tendons. We will gently settle in to postures, supported by yoga props, while deeply connecting to breath. These longer holds allow the muscles to lengthen passively and for physical releases under the skin to occur. This practice supports overall flexibility, circulation, and range of motion in the joints and ligaments. This class is for those new to yoga, as well as, seasoned yogis looking for a deep stretch. Yoga blocks/bolster are encouraged if you have them, otherwise the teacher has props to use during class.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention


with Carlos Collado

Calendar Next available session starts May 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

PLEASE NOTE: The location for this class has changed. It was originally scheduled at the adult ed building in BATH, but now this program will run out of our adult ed building in Topsham (35 Republic Ave, 04086).

This 12-week course is designed to be easy to learn, safe & more effective. It enhances the body's energetic system thus practicing the form improves almost all aspects of health. Over 10 scientific studies show it to relieve pain, maintains and improves health and the quality of life. This form can be practiced sitting as well as standing, almost anyone of any physical condition can begin and continue to progress regardless of age. Whether you have Arthritis or not, practicing this form will improve your balance, reduce falls, reduce stress, improve muscular strength, flexibility, fitness and improve serenity.

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