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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Fitness, Health & Wellness

Mat Pilates w/ Barbara


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next available session starts May 1, 2023 at 5:15 pm, runs for 7 weeks
1 additional session

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. Instructor: Barbara McGranahan

*No Class: 5/29 (Session 2)

Yoga: All Levels


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next available session starts May 1, 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. *No class: 5/29. Instructor: Barbara McGranahan

Nordic Walking


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Next available session starts May 3, 2023 at 5:15 pm, runs for 3 weeks
1 additional session on May 24, 2023

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. Instructor: Barbara McGranahan



with Patti Lanigan

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Zumba is a Latin dance fitness program that has grown to include rhythms from all over the world. This class focuses on the core rhythms (salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton) with Afrobeat, street, hip-hop, pop, K-pop and urban Latin sprinkled in. The instructor will give cues for choreography that follows the music. This high-energy workout combines cardio, strengthening and toning while upping your energy and your mood. Dance sneakers recommended. Instructor: Patti Lanigan

Nia: Dance Fitness


with Anna Fiedler

Calendar Next available session starts May 16, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
1 additional session

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. *No class: 4/18.

Lotion-Making w/ Sharon


with Sharon Gilsleider

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 1, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Making body & hand lotions is easier than you think. Control what you put on your body by what goes into your skin care products. You will learn the techniques needed to formulate your own special recipe that will help address any skin issues, fragrance, and thickness you want. You will learn about the ingredients like emulsifiers, butters, and hard & soft oils, as well as a full discussion about preservatives. The kit will provide the ingredients you may not be familiar with, a list of equipment needed, two containers to store your lotion/cream in, full instructions to follow along with, and a base recipe to start you out. *Starter kit included. Instructor: Sharon Gilsleider.

New England Fitness: Strength Training


with Destiny Belanger

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 7, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Lightweight circuit training class for beginners. Designed for those that are new to strength training or for those looking for a fun lightweight strength training/cardio conditioning circuit class. *An NE Fitness membership is not required.

Medicinal Tincture Making


with Alexandra Arellano

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 1, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

For this workshop, we will focus on working with a selection of organic and locally grown, wild-harvested and ethically procured flora and fungi to make medicinal tinctures. Alexandra will bring a selection of both fresh and dried herbs and supplies to create your own tincture to take home. She will teach participants how to properly prepare, make and utilize macerated tinctures. We will cover safety and sanitation; as well ethical harvesting, procurement and sustainability within this practice. This workshop will focus on process, preparation and necessary tools to be able to make your own tincture. We will also discuss some of the plants’ and fungi’s folklore, as well as uses and contraindications. Class meets on the following Wednesdays: 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, & 11/9. Instructor: Alexandra Arellano

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