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Winter/Spring 2015 Offerings: Recreation and Hobbies

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
You do not need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. You can learn enough in this one workshop to play almost any song on the piano with two hands. Students may then go on to perfect their technique at home using the home-study CD. This is the system the pros use – chords, not tedious note reading. Prior note reading experience on the treble clef is helpful, as this is not an absolute beginners course. For the brave ones without experience who want to try anyway, you can send away for the complementary pamphlet entitled "How to Read Music Notation in Just 30 Minutes" and study it before attending the class (send a SASE to Florence Shaw, 1667 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205).
In just three hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Florence Shaw holds a BA and MS in teaching. She is a certified workshop graduate and has been a student of Robert Laughlin, the inventor of the one day chord piano workshop. This course has been taken successfully by over 150,000 students! The course fee includes a $30 materials fee.
60261
$49
1 Session, DCC 135
Thurs., 3/19, 6 - 9 p.m.
Florence Shaw, Instructor

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Contemporary Guitar Skills I
Designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less, you will be guided through the basics of guitar including how to tune, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, music theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
60214
$99
10 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 3/9 - 5/18, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 4/6
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

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Contemporary Guitar Skills II
This class is a continuation of "Contemporary Guitar Skills I" or for the intermediate guitar player with one to four years playing experience. Topics will include major and minor pentatonic scales, soloing techniques, modes, phrasing, theory, playing with other musicians, chord progressions, warm-up exercises and developing good practice habits.
60462
$115
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 3/3 - 5/26, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 4/7
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

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Contemporary Guitar Skills III
This class is for advanced students who have completed Contemporary Guitar Skills II or for those with four or more years of playing experience. Topics include; scales, arpeggios, modes, alternate tunings, scale applications, virtuoso techniques, phrasing, improvising and more.
60215
$115
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/5 - 5/21, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

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Introduction to Songwriting
Today's songwriter and musician needs to not only develop their craft, but also stay attuned to the rapidly changing marketplace of the new music business. No longer does a songwriter simply "get songs heard by a publisher." Today's musician/ songwriter needs information as much as talent. This course offers the beginner an opportunity to develop their craft to the point where it can be marketed, but also offers the more experienced songwriter a chance to refine their work and identify appropriate markets. Instructor Sandy McKnight is a veteran songwriter and producer who is active in the business, and keeps abreast of the latest trends in the new music paradigm. He offers constructive feedback, proactive advice and access to music business pros.
60507
$125
6 Sessions, WIL 161
Tues., 2/24 - 3/31, 6 - 9 p.m.
Sandy McKnight, Instructor

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Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Have you heard the click-clack of tiles and wondered about the unusual characters painted on them? Learn to play the fascinating game of Mah Jongg in four weeks. We will play by the National Mah Jongg League rules, using the Official Standard Hands and Rules card, which will be provided at the first class. Decipher the fun and pleasure of bams, dots and cracks; winds and dragons; jokers and flowers by learning Mah Jongg. Course fee includes an $8 materials fee.
60216
$47
4 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 5/5 - 5/26, 10 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

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Fly-Fishing: The Art and Science
Writer Izaak Walton called fly-fishing, "the contemplative man's recreation." You'll learn basic entomology, the identification of aquatic and terrestrial insects and their life cycles. You will participate in field trips to local streams for collection and identification; learn fly-tying techniques using natural and synthetic materials; learn fly-casting and presentation techniques with on-stream instruction (NYS fishing license required); learn basic stream ecology and bio-assessment techniques and participate in a Trout Unlimited stream ecology project. Interactive "how-to videos" and guest speakers will intersperse all lecture sessions. A free one-year membership to the Trout Unlimited organization is included upon course completion. All course materials are provided. Free use of fly rods and reels as well as fly-tying equipment and materials are provided. The student is responsible for his or her personal wading boots, either hip waders or chest waders, eye protection and a valid 2015 NYS fishing license. This course is open to individuals 14 and up.
60104
$135
13 Sessions, ADM 107
Tue., 2/17 - 5/19, 6 - 9 p .m.
No class 4/7
Two Saturday outings from 1 - 5 p.m., will be announced in class.
Frank Cuttone, Instructor

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Fitness

Belly Dance is for Every-body
Middle Eastern belly dance is dedicated to women celebrating the joy and beauty of a centuries old dance form. Instructor Ayperi is a passionate and caring professional Middle Eastern belly dance instructor. She is a performing artist and choreographer who seeks to inspire and impassion others through this expressive dance. Ayperi has the keen ability to recognize and meet the unique needs of each individual student and welcomes women of all ages, sizes and abilities to unleash their inner creativity in this safe, fun and supportive environment.

You are never too old or young to start belly dancing! Middle Eastern belly dancing is primarily taught as a low impact fitness activity and is an exciting alternative to other exercise or dance programs. This course covers the basic fundamental moves of belly dance and incorporates the use of veils and finger cymbals. The instructor will advise students in locating these props in addition to coin hip scarves to use in their own belly dancing. Recommended class attire is tank tops or t-shirts with yoga, sweat, or exercise pants. No shoes are required.
60270
$65
8 Sessions, CTR 204
Tues., 2/10 - 3/31, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tammy Stanzione of Ayperi Bellydance, Instructor

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NOTE: McDonough 192, where many of our fitness classes are held, is not air conditioned.

Sole Synthesis
Sole Synthesis is a fusion of strength, flexibility, core and cardiovascular work. It is a standing flow workout done barefoot without extra equipment to upbeat music. This full body workout combines movements inspired by fitness, ballet and yoga. The low impact moves will work you from head to toe. No previous experience is needed to participate in Sole Synthesis. Please bring a water bottle, a sticky mat, your bare feet (sole) and dress in comfortable fitness clothing.
60218
$35
6 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 3/31 - 5/12, 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
No class 4/7
Sarah Hoffman and Amanda Simpson of Total Body Trifecta, Instructors

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Basic Self Defense Ages 12 - Adult
Knowing some self-defense techniques has become an essential part of life in today's society. We must always remember to be aware of our surroundings, know how to prevent a violent situation from happening before it's too late. And, if needed, understand how to physically protect ourselves from becoming victimized by an attacker.

This Basic Self Defense program will teach you skills that are needed in order to quickly react and protect yourself effectively. Learn how to improve balance, speed and reaction time. Become more aware of your surroundings and potential dangerous situations. Remember, don't allow yourself to be a victim of violence. Fight back!

Terrance Canavan has been studying martial arts for over 16 years. He is a 4th degree black belt, and has over 15 years teaching experience. Through self defense programs, he has dedicated his free time educating adults and children on how to protect themselves from attackers.
60167
$77
8 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 3/12 - 5/7, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
No class 4/2
Terrance Canavan, Instructor

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Kettlebell Fitness
Kick all fitness goals into high gear! Kettlebells are a Russian strength and conditioning tool that are rapidly taking over the health and fitness world. Of all the different pieces of fitness equipment out there, nothing does the job more effectively and efficiently than kettlebells. Gain functional strength and muscle definition! Kettlebell is the most time-efficient workout in existence! The single biggest benefit of kettlebell training is how quickly you can get an effective workout. You can quite easily train every single muscle in your body in short periods of time, while simultaneously improving your strength, endurance and flexibility. Get your metabolism fired up and feel invincible! What you need: an exercise mat, a towel, water bottle and 5 lb. kettlebell for beginners.
60241
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 3/5 - 5/7, 6 - 7 p.m.
Lisa Scagg-Morin of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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Body Conditioning and Toning for Beginners - ALCC (Arms, Legs, Core and Cardio)
Ease back into fitness - or start a health habit in 2015! ALCC is a fun 45-minute workout set to a catchy playlist. This class will increase your flexibility by improving your joint range of motion followed by a full body workout to strengthen your arms and legs, tighten your core and improve cardiovascular endurance. As the spring months roll in, you will look and feel fantastic! Modifications will be given to participants who have physical challenges that prohibit them from performing certain exercises. What you need: an exercise mat, exercise bands, towel and water bottle.
60484
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 3/2- 5/11, 4:45- 5:30 p.m.
No class 4/6
Deb Nuttal of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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NEW!
Elemental Fitness

Have you ever wondered about all the fitness trends, wanted to try the latest most effective targeted workouts but felt intimidated? Well you no longer need to be in the dark…Elemental fitness will provide a 10-week course that explores a different style of group fitness each week. Styles include HIIT, Butts and Guts, Tabata, Circuit Training, Boot Camp, Yoga Fusion...and much more. You won't be bored as you explore and learn what style suits yoru fitness needs best. All fitness levels welcome.
60543
$85
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Tues., 2/10 - 4/21 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
No class 4/7
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Core You, Instructor

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Butts and Guts
Butts and Guts...need it say any more! This 45-minute class is all about tightening and toning those troublesome tushies and tummies. The class will focus intensely on ab and glute work that also breaks a sweat, sometimes uses light weights, and will give you results in inches lost, sculpted spots, and just plain confidence in how you fit in your clothes and carry yourself. Say goodbye to boring crunches and traditional butt lifts this is a program that changes the way you see your core and backside forever!
60386
$85
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Tues., 2/10 - 4/21, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
No class 4/7
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Core You, Instructor

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NEW!
Couch to 5K

Do you want to take the 5K off of your bucket list? The best way is a simple to follow, group-based program that is fun and engaging! Can't imagine yourself running EVER? You can and will after you complete this course that is geared to make you successful and motivated!
60517
$85
10 Sessions, ADM 101
Sat., 3/14 - 5/23, 8 - 8:45 a.m.
No class 4/4
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Core You, Instructor

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Metabolic Blast Boot Camp
You can change your metabolism – increasing your lean muscle, lowering your resting heart rate and decreasing your overall fat will make it happen for you. That is what this program is professionally designed to do. Intense bursts of cardio exercises such as sprints, lunges and squats along with strength training sets of dips, pushups and planks are what you will encounter in an atmosphere of camaraderie and great encouragement. For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.

What you receive:

  • 36 classes of high intensity interval training
  • Expert coaching from a nationally-certified personal trainer
  • Nutritional support
  • Weekly food journal
  • Fitness assessment
  • 24-7 online support and individual attention
  • Injury prevention techniques
  • Supercharged motivation
  • Accountability
  • Powerful encouragement
  • An adrenalin kick to start your day that will fire up your metabolism

What you give:

  • Three hours of your time a week
  • 100% effort
  • $200 course fee

60242
$200
36 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., Wed., & Fri., 2/9 - 5/8, 6 - 7 a.m.
No class 2/25, 4/3, 4/6
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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Nia
Nia is a cardiovascular wellness class like no other! Blending the power of kicks, punches and strikes with the fun of dance and the calming influence of yoga.
Nia invigorates your body-mind-spirit while providing a workout that burns calories, tones muscle and makes you feel great all over! Challenge and indulge yourself in a Nia workout and empower your body-mind-spirit. No previous dance experience needed. Dress in comfortable workout clothes. Please bring a mat and water to class.
60240
$94
15 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 2/10 - 5/26, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
No class 4/7
Richele Corbo, Instructor

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Tabata: 20-Second Fitness
Tabata is high intensity interval training (HIIT), which has exploded onto the mainstream fitness scene. It is now a prominent part of many successful fat loss and fitness training programs.

Athletes such as runners and cyclists often take Tabata in the winter months to build their cardiovascular capacity and increase athletic performance. Many others take Tabata to lose weight and reshape their body fast.

You can accomplish more in 45-minutes of Tabata than you would in a traditional 60-minute group fitness class. Tabata incorporates cardiovascular and strength training exercises into a fast-paced, short - yet challenging - workout. Work at your maximum capacity for 20 seconds and recover for 10. Repeat the exercise eight times and move to the next circuit. This is a great class! This will boost not only your metabolism and build your cardiovascular endurance, but you will tighten and tone your entire body! Please bring an exercise mat, a towel and a water bottle.
60239
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Sat., 2/28 - 5/2, 8 - 8:45 a.m.
No class 4/4
Deb Nuttal of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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Core Camp
Jump start your new year with a new six pack! Lose that winter weight around the midsection with this fast track fitness class strategically designed to deliver results! Think bootcamp meets Pilates.

You will be inspired through high intensity intervals of metabolically-altering cardio drills that are geared to fire up your metabolism while you learn the best middle-whittling core moves out there. Melt the external fat and reveal the lean chiseled muscle that you will be developing.

Don't let Thanksgiving, Christmas and long dark nights leave their mark on your waistline. This program will begin and end with a thorough fitness and nutrition assessment so you will see the incredible results from investing in yourself. Join us in Core Camp and whittle your middle this year!

For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.
60238
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Sun., 2/15 - 5/10, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
No class 4/5

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Pilates for Runners
Want to run effortlessly? Want to bullet-proof your hips and knees against injury? Ready to become a force to reckoned with? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this class if for you! If you just want to become a better runner, ward off winter weight gain and experience your fittest winter ever, join us for Pilates for Runners. This training will help you overcome problems common to runners including: plantar fasciitis, runner's knee and shin splints.

Although there will be NO running in class, this program is no walk in the park. You will learn the 'golden' exercises that will unlock your inner runner, by targeting the common weak spots - gluteus medius, lower back, abdominals and spine while lengthening the hamstrings, tightening the quads and conditioning the feet. If you are not a runner, you'll be runner-ready when you are through! If you are a runner, this will be transformational for you.

For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.
60237
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Sun., 2/15 - 5/10, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
No class 4/5
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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NEW!
Tough Mudder Training

Dominate your Tough Mudder race - a race that demands a true hybrid athlete. The Tough Mudder half-marathon obstacle course is set to be held on 8/2 in western NY. You will rise beyond your physical expectations with this five-month, proven, progressive training protocol that will gradually and safely make you race-day ready, race-day confident… and race-day TOUGH! At the end of the program, you will: be able to safely run a half marathon; successfully push up, pull up and lift up your body weight, as required in the obstacle course; understand how to eat for performance; be able to rely on your trusted team members for support, encouragement and camaraderie. Enter your first Tough Mudder race as part of the TOUGH Team (Trained to Overcome U'r Greatest Hurdles)! Includes $15 materials fee.
60226
$285
41 Sessions, Meet at the East Greenbush Town Park
Wed. & Fri, 3/11 - 7/31, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
No class 4/3, 7/3
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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Thinking about training for the Tough Mudder with us? Join us for an info session on Wed., 3/4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in DCC 136 to learn more about the race and this class.

Moderate Hi-Lo Impact Aerobics
This is a combination Hi-Lo impact class designed with both men and women in mind. Each class adheres to the exercise guidelines set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine. The one-hour class includes a complete cardiovascular workout and a stretching and strength training component that will tone muscles and burn fat. Routines are set to contemporary music by the original artists. Energize and have fun. This class is designed for all levels – everyone will be successful!
60236
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/9 - 5/4, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 4/6
Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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Cardio Kickboxing
Cardio Kickboxing is an hour-long, total body workout designed to improve your cardiovascular endurance with a core of continuous kickboxing combos to work your upper and lower body along with your heart. The class begins with a warm up, followed by basic kickboxing moves that become more intense as the class progresses. Modifications will be offered to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. The class ends with a cool down, core strengthening and stretching. Please bring 3-5 lb. hand weights, a mat, towel and water. Get ready to have fun and sweat!
60223
$120
22 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon. & Wed., 2/23 - 5/13, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 2/25 & 4/6
Caroline Wunsch of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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Zumba
Zumba is the hottest class to hit the fitness world! This hour-long dance-based fitness class is set to international rhythms. No experience in dance or aerobic classes is required and Zumba is open to all fitness levels. This class will help you sculpt a tight mid-section without getting on the floor. Wear sneakers and light clothes. Bring a water bottle!
60233
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/9 - 5/4, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
No class 4/6
Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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60234
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/11 - 5/6, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
No class 2/25
Abs In. Inc., Instructor

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60235
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 2/12 - 5/7, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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Bokwa
Looking for a different workout while listening to today's popular music? Bokwa is a new and completely different approach to group exercise that is rapidly spreading across the globe.

Bokwa instructors teach participants to draw letters and number patterns with their feet. Everyone can do it! You can have two left feet and can dance alongside world champion Latin and ballroom dancers and all have a terrific experience in the same class! All you need is a bottle of water! Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
60455
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 2/10 - 5/5, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
No class 4/7

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60493
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/11 - 5/6 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 2/25
Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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Pilates Mat - Beginning
Pilates is a precise method of exercise which focuses on movements designed to lengthen and strengthen the body. This class will focus on the "core" and practice the controlled movements designed to stretch and strengthen muscles without adding bulk. Just bring a mat (yoga style "sticky" mat works best) and experience what Pilates can do for your body and mind. This class is designed for the beginner Pilates student with little or no experience.
60219
$60
11 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon., 2/23 - 5/11, 5:15 - 6 p.m.
No class 4/6
Sara Hoffman of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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60220
$60
11 Sessions, CTR 204
Wed., 3/4 - 5/13, 5:15 - 6 p.m.
Ellen Ehrlich of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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Pilates Mat - Intermediate
This course is a continuation of the Pilates method. It will incorporate the basic and intermediate level exercises into a more intense style of class. This class level is appropriate for students who have had at least two semesters (one year) of experience practicing Pilates. Just bring a sticky mat and a 14-inch Pilates Magic Circle (ring).
60221
$60
11 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon., 2/23 - 5/11, 6:05 - 6:50 p.m.
No class 4/6
Ellen Ehrlich of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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60222
$60
11 Sessions, CTR 204
Wed., 3/4 - 5/13, 6:05 - 6:50 p.m.
Ellen Ehrlich of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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PIYO Fusion
PIYO Fusion will help you develop a strong core and increase your flexibility! The muscles deep within our abs and back are our foundation and strengthening them will help to reduce the risk of injury while performing your everyday tasks. This class blends basic Yoga poses for strength and balance with traditional Pilates exercises to build and maintain your core. At the end of this class you will walk a bit taller, move with more grace, feel increased energy, and notice a transformation in your abdominal region. What you need: An exercise mat, a towel and a water bottle.
60229
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Sat., 2/28 - 5/2, 9 - 9:50 a.m.
No class 4/4
Connie Fagan of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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Yoga I: Foundations of Practice
This course is of value to students of any age, with or without previous experience in yoga. We will focus patiently on classic postures and breathing exercises to bring balance and well-being to the body, mind and spirit. With the development of physical flexibility and calmness of mind, we also lay the foundations for a rewarding lifelong practice of yoga. Please bring a mat designed for yoga and wear loose, comfortable clothes.
60227
$80
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/9 - 5/4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
No class 4/6

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60228
$80
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/11 - 5/6, 4 - 5 p.m.
No class 2/25

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60492
$80
12 Sessions, CTR 204
Thurs., 2/12 - 4/30, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Jeanne Wein, Instructor

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NEW!
Chair Yoga

Enjoy the many benefits of yoga while seated in a chair. This mini-series is a perfect introduction for anyone not able to get down on the floor and is interested in increasing their fitness level. Discover yoga postures adapted to staying seated. Strengthen your muscles while you increase your flexibility and body awareness. Practice breathing techniques to enhance your sense of relation and wellbeing. No previous yoga experience needed. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion and bring two towels to class.
60485
$25
4 Sessions, BTC Meeting Room 3
Tues., 3/31 - 4/28, 4 - 5 p.m.
No class 4/7
Mara Lefebvre, Instructor

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