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Fitness, Health & Wellness

Cultivating Kindness for Self and Others with Metta Meditation, Winter Session

$45

with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

Calendar Jan 5, 2023 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. This Winter Session is ONLINE.

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Tai Chi with Robin: Cultivating the Energy of Winter

$150

with Robin Brooks

Calendar Jan 5, 2023 at 1:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Join Robin, an experienced tai chi teacher for this ten-week series of combined tai chi and qigong lessons. Tai Chi Easy™ is a mind/body practice to improve overall health and vitality. Each of our classes will include a qigong warm-up and tai chi form practice, both standing and walking. Tai Chi Easy™ includes the Four Baskets: gentle movement, breathing practices, self-massage, and meditation. This class is for continuing students as well as newcomers. *No class on February 23rd.

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Street Funk/Hip Hop Dance

$65

with Patti Lanigan

Calendar Jan 5, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Street Funk/Hip-Hop Dance is a dance fitness class that blends funk, hip-hop and urban street/club music. High-energy moves that follow the beats give you an upbeat workout combining cardio and strengthening/toning. The steps will be taught and cued by an experienced Zumba instructor to get you moving and grooving while boosting your energy and mood. Dance sneakers recommended.

Building Better Caregivers

Free

with Monica Lizotte

Calendar Jan 11, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

This program helps caregivers who are assisting loved ones through memory loss or dementia, as well as those providing care to individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Participants of the workshop will learn how to identify and deal with their care partners’ triggers around behaviors, how to track this information through the use of a Behavior Diary, and more. Additional topics include managing caregiver stress, making decisions and planning for the future, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, legal issues related to caregiving, hiring help, and more.

Popular Latin Dance I

$65

with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Jan 11, 2023 at 5:15 pm, runs for 3 weeks

The Bachata is a playful Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. This style is danced with soft hip motions, turns and side-to-side footwork. The music of Bachata is very recognizable for its predominant use of the electric guitar combined with Caribbean and Latin musical influences. Salsa is a Latin dance, associated with the music genre of the same name, which was first popularized in the United States in the 1960s in New York City. Salsa is an amalgamation of Cuban dances, such as mambo, pachanga and rumba, as well as American dances such as swing and tap. The basic Salsa dance rhythm consists of taking three steps for every four beats of music. Merengue, the national dance of the Dominican Republic and Haiti is a fun, fast and easy dance made up of simple steps. Merengue is characterized by its marching rhythms and Cuban motion – strong side to side motion and ‘dragged leg’ with emphasis on counts 1 and 5.

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Yoga, All Levels

$65

with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Jan 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Yoga is one of the oldest "holistic" health-care systems in existence, focusing on both the mind and body. Through the practice of yoga postures and breath work, you can connect with your body and mind and discover your spirit; yoga is the art of listening to all parts of your Self. Hatha yoga postures linked with the breath have a powerful effect on all systems of the body providing the energy to age gracefully, stay fit, improve circulation and posture, loosen and lengthen knotty muscles, reduce stress, increase bone density, and promote relaxation at the end of the day. Please bring a yoga mat. Recommended props include a cushion and/or yoga blanket, blocks, bolster, and strap. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

Cuban Salsa, Level 1, Winter 2023

$80

with Anna Golundendukhina

Calendar Jan 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

***LOCATION CHANGE: CLASS WILL BE HELD AT MT. ARARAT MIDDLE SCHOOL

In this class, students will learn the basics of the Salsa footwork and some simple, fun moves that will get you out on the dance floor. You will learn how to connect with any partner, and build confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. Students will be introduced to the famous Salsa Rueda. No dance partner needed but recommended. ***NO CLASSES: 2/3 & 2/24

Popular Latin Dance II

$65

with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 5:15 pm, runs for 3 weeks

The Bachata is a playful Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. This style is danced with soft hip motions, turns and side-to-side footwork. The music of Bachata is very recognizable for its predominant use of the electric guitar combined with Caribbean and Latin musical influences. Salsa is a Latin dance, associated with the music genre of the same name, which was first popularized in the United States in the 1960s in New York City. Salsa is an amalgamation of Cuban dances, such as mambo, pachanga and rumba, as well as American dances such as swing and tap. The basic Salsa dance rhythm consists of taking three steps for every four beats of music. Merengue, the national dance of the Dominican Republic and Haiti is a fun, fast and easy dance made up of simple steps. Merengue is characterized by its marching rhythms and Cuban motion – strong side to side motion and ‘dragged leg’ with emphasis on counts 1 and 5.





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