Athletics, Fitness, & Outdoor Programs

Division of Student Life

Classes

Love yoga? Want to take a break and meditate? Taking a class through athletics, fitness, and outdoor programs will give you the answers and also help you graduate.

With around 40 classes per quarter offered by top-notch instructors, you're bound to learn something new, keep boredom at bay, and keep your mind and body in tiptop shape. Find inspiration in the descriptions below. Courses will be a combination of in-person and various remote options for Fall 2021.

See the course catalog for the nuts and bolts of what's required for graduation and what’s being offered each semester.

A.M. Yoga All Levels

Instructor: Erin Nova

The mixed level yoga class I teach through the athletic department draws from Kundalini yoga, and vinyasa flow styles, often with a short mindfulness based meditation practice to end each the class. In the mixed level yoga class priority is placed on teaching a series of kundalini yoga warm-ups that provide the practitioner with long term physical and psycho-emotional benefits.

Monday/Wednesday from 7:45am-8:45am IN-PERSON

Archery

Instructor: Loretta Czekala

Course offered Tuesday/Thursday 1st and 2nd Quarter- IN-PERSON

Archery is a fascinating sport that teaches calm, relaxed focus under the tension of the bow. Whether you are interested in the meditative aspects, competition, or just as a fun, fresh-air antidote to the rigors of academia, the class will give you the skills for safe, precise shooting. Three beginning classes are offered during the first quarter of first semester, although more advanced students can also take the fall classes and will benefit. One intermediate/advanced class is offered during the fourth quarter in what can be more challenging weather. Having taken archery previously at Reed is a prerequisite for that class. Recurve bows in a variety of draw weights are provided for Reed students during participation in scheduled PE archery classes. Form is far more important than strength. The style of shooting we teach is traditional or barebow -- Robin Hood would recognize the way we shoot. All archery classes are supervised by a certified instructor approved and employed by the college. Note that although the class is held on the Great Lawn, the first class session of the quarter meets by the lockers in the Sports Center.

Equipment usage:

Use of archery equipment outside of class time is limited to students who have taken a minimum of two quarters of archery classes for PE credit. Submission of a proposal to use the PE departments archery equipment is required for review by the archery instructor and Director of Physical Education prior to authorization. Consideration for use of the colleges archery equipment may be allowed only during the summer months while Reed College is not in session.

Any student wishing to practice must be approved by the archery instructor and the Director of Physical Education. A specific equipment form must be filled out which releases the college of liability. The borrower is responsible for damage or loss of any college owned equipment. Written signature is also required. Archery site must be approved by Director of Physical Education. Community Safety must be informed of any archery practice on campus outside of scheduled PE classes.

Backcountry Navigation

Instructor: Rodney Sofich

Have you ever been lost in the back-country, or wondered how to really use that compass that you got for your birthday five years ago? Rest assured, this class helps you learn and practice your map-reading and compass skills. We invest a few afternoon sessions on campus learning the necessary navigation basics for backcountry travel; a couple of days of navigating off-trail in some gorgeous areas close to campus that helps us further solidify these skills. This is an excellent class for those who want to play in the backcountry on their own or lead outdoor trips in the future.

Tuesday/Thursday Evenings 6:10-8pm IN-PERSON

Ballet

Instructor: Vanessa Thiessen

Ballet ll/lll is a beginning intermediate Ballet class. It will be taught with the understanding that the student has had some ballet instruction prior to this class and has a grasp of the beginning ballet vocabulary.

Note: This class is offered through the dance department, and you can receive both academic and PE credit for taking the class. Please direct any questions to the dance department.

Bike Clinic

Instructor: Michael Clark

Bike Clinic is intended for everyone! Seriously. Lycra-clad speedracer? Dirty cut-offs retrogrouch? Sweet. First, you will have to grin and bear some basic safety instructions and rules of the road, but then we ride. We'll pedal to a local custom frame builder for a facility tour. We'll pedal to a shop to learn about working on our bikes. We'll pedal to a local brewery to learn about how bikes have impacted their business. We'll pedal to farmers markets. We'll get to talk to long-distance touring riders about their experiences. We'll even pedal around just to pedal around. It is certainly intended to be a fluid experience, so plan on bringing your own ideas of what you want to do. Your hands will get dirty from working on your bike, and you'll get a bit sweaty, but you'll love it. If you don't have a bike, we'll find one for you. Too cool to wear a helmet? Don't sign up.  Otherwise, I look forward to riding with you!

Come prepared for the weather, it's a very rare day that we don't ride!

Class Days: Wednesdays (1st & 4th quarters), 4:40pm - 6:30pm IN-PERSON

Co-ED Fitness for Soccer Beginning

Instructor: Larry Beutler

Students will have the opportunity to develop personal fitness levels for competitive and recreational soccer. Through weekly field-based training sessions, students will focus on developing and maintaining stamina, speed and agility for soccer while also developing individual ball handling skills. Students will also view instructional videos to support personal training and game strategies. All classes will be conducted with proper social distancing and sanitation of equipment. Open to students of all skill levels who want to enhance their enjoyment of the game.

Monday 4:10-6pm IN-PERSON

First Aid CPR/AED

Instructor: Will Symms

In this course you will learn a new skill each week to become certified in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED. This is great skill for life long safety as well as a plus for future employment at organizations. This course is taught by Will Symms certified instructor for American Red Cross.

Folk Dancing: From Classical Greek to Modern Israeli

Instructor: Bill Nelson 62'

Folk dancing, first and foremost, is about the joy of moving to music, combined with the celebration of community. The dances are usually done in a line or circle, giving the novice dancer the support of fellow dancers on either side. Historically, folk dancing, as I know it, began with the Greek hora about 3,000 years ago (as described by Homer). 

The class introduces students to some of the multitude of ethnic dances that
have evolved from the classical Greek Hora during the last 3,000 years . The Jewish
dance, Hava Nagila, is a famous example of a folk dance that evolved from the Greek Hora!

Students who take the class receive all the wonderful music played in the class!
And, soon, will receive videos of all our dances as well!

Class Days: Sunday 3:30-5:30 IN-PERSON

Hip-Hop Dance 1-2

Instructor: D.J. Rayley

This class teaches and breaks down the fundamental execution of Hip Hop movement. Students will explore foundational B-boy steps, Popping, Locking, footwork and other urban related dance crazes and social forms in order to practice the building blocks for developing confidence, self-expression, and a personal street groove. In addition, this class emphasizes cardiovascular conditioning, balance, agility, coordination, improvisation and choreography. This course is open to all students interested in Hip Hop. The class is designed to teach beginners and challenge advanced students.

Fridays 4:30pm-5:50pm PAB 128/240 In-Person

Intro to Outdoor Activities

Instructor: Will Symms

In this inclusive beginner class, will work to show individuals through virtual and in person teaching different aspects of Outdoor Activities such as: Backcountry Cooking, How to pack a backpack, Camp set up/selection, trip logisitic planning and much more.

Wednesdays 3:10-6pm-Outdoor Center IN-PERSON

Juggling

Instructor: Stuart Celarier

Learn to juggle! An incredible variety of juggling and related forms await you including flow arts, circus arts, and object manipulation. Equipment is provided. Students start with learning 3-ball juggling, and are given the opportunity to explore in many directions including 3-ball tricks, partner juggling, adding more balls, club juggling and passing, diabolo, poi, staff, hoops, rolling globe, unicycle, and more. Individual instruction and small group instruction allows students to progress in different directions, and informal mini-workshops introduce new skills each term.

Juggling has been offered at Reed since 1979, which has fostered a vibrant and dedicated juggling community in Portland. The local jugglers host the Portland Juggling Festival at Reed College, a weekend filled with workshops, special guests and shows. The festival, which is free to the Reed community, attracts 500 jugglers and has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesdays 7-9pm/ Remote

Kayaking: Beginning

Instructors: Sam Drevo, Jacob Verhaegh, Nathan Watt

This fun and exciting (1 credit) quarter of whitewater kayak instruction will expose you to the basics of kayaking in the Reed pool (twice / week) with two trips on the Clackamas River during the fall quarter. The class will cover everything from self rescue to basic paddle stokes & dexterity to rolling (for those interested). We will play games and create a positive atmosphere for learning while mixing up your regular exercise routine. Lead by ACA instructors and instructor trainers this course is appropriate for beginners and intermediate paddlers alike and is a great addition to the ROPE program. Many students who graduate this class can get access to the Reed college boats and gear, and also organize river outings with ROC.

2-full day trips, with 1 mandatory attendance session in order to attain PE Credit

Tuesday and Thursday- 6:40pm-8pm IN-PERSON

Level 1 Self Defense Theory and Fitness

Instructors: James Morrison, Maria Thomas

Level 1 Self-Defense Theory and Fitness

(Formerly ABC's of Self-Defense)  Self defense is more than just punching and kicking--it starts with our mindset and our ability to set and maintain boundaries. How can we best prepare ourselves for self-defense in the midst of social-distancing and online learning?  Each week we will work on building your endurance and agility, as well as the physical skills necessary to defend yourself if a confrontation does become physical. If you want your body to be able to run fast or fight hard in an emergency, you have to teach it how!  This course also provides a foundational understanding of situational awareness, assertive behavior, and violence dynamics that can help students to de-escalate confrontational situations before they become physical.


To participate in this class you must be able to turn your camera on in the zoom call so that we can give you enough feedback to make sure you are moving safely. If you can register for the class with someone in your quarantine bubble PLEASE DO--having a training partner will greatly enrich your experience. This class will be scaled to match the relevant restrictions during the pandemic.  We may have the opportunity to train as a socially distanced class, or we may have to meet entirely online; either way the course will be built to optimize your learning. 


This class is open to all experience levels, but focuses on providing a safe and welcoming environment for beginners.

Class time Friday's 1:45pm-3:45pm/ IN-PERSON

Level 2 Self Defense Theory and Fitness

Instructors: James Morrison, Maria Thomas

Level 2 Self-Defense Theory and Fitness

This class is open to students who have completed at least one quarter of Level 1.  In addition to improving the skills you learned last quarter, we will introduce more advanced techniques and continue to improve your strength and endurance.  In addition to self-defense knowledge like violence dynamics and using assertive communication, this course will cover nutritional and fitness information--self defense begins with how you treat yourself! If you want your body to be able to run fast or fight hard in an emergency, you have to build it up and teach it how.  

To participate in this class you must be able to turn your camera on in the zoom call so that we can give you enough feedback to make sure you are moving safely. If you can register for the class with someone in your quarantine bubble PLEASE DO--having a training partner will greatly enrich your experience. This class will be scaled to match the relevant restrictions during the pandemic.  We may have the opportunity to train as a socially distanced class, or we may have to meet entirely online; either way the course will be built to optimize your learning.

Class time Friday's 4:10-6:10pm IN-PERSON

Lifeguard Training

Instructor: Katalya Scheizer

Lifeguard Training certifies students through the American Red Cross to perform basic duties as a lifeguard. This course covers CPR, first aid, victim recognition, emergency response and more. The course provides students an education in water safety and emergency response. After completion of this course, students will have a new found confidence in their understanding and abilities to respond to emergencies.

Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm IN-PERSON

Lower Body Abs

Instructor: Melissa Monsef

Lower Body and Abs class is an action packed combination of cardiovascular and strength training that primarily target the leg and abdominal muscles. Upper body sculpting exercises are also included. Students will learn proper form and muscle building techniques while getting a great workout using steps and dumbbells.

Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm IN-PERSON

Meditation for Everyday Life

Instructor: Kisei Constenbader

Meditation practices support us in feeling more present and relaxed by harmonizing body and mind. In turn, this helps us recognize and work with patterns of stress and overwhelm, as well as physical and emotional challenges. Using an approach of gentleness and strength we’ll explore various techniques that relate with the breath, thoughts, and sense perceptions.  We’ll engage with sitting, walking, standing and supine postures.  This class includes some outdoor practice sessions, allowing us to tap into the beauty and calm of nature areas around campus. We’ll discuss and reflect on how these mindfulness practices blend into one’s daily life.

NOTE: No special equipment needed and can be done in any  private space where you can be uninterrupted, and able to sit with lying down an option.

 Tuesday/Thursday 6:40-7:30pm Remote

Please take note: Students are only allowed to receive a maximum COMBINED of two (2) of the nondirected/guided PE classes. These include Off-Campus PE, Meditation, Swim Fitness, Independent Climb, Community Engagement, and Running Club/Running Outdoors. Once a student earns 2 credits in any of these classes any additional classes in this category will not be counted towards their six (6) total required for graduation. 

After earning two (2) nondirected/guided PE credits students are welcome to continue to take any of these classes as they prefer but will not earn additional credit.--

 

Meditation for Wellness & Resiliency

Instructor: Kisei Constenbader

Meditation practices support us in feeling more present and relaxed by harmonizing body and mind. In turn, this helps us recognize and work with patterns of stress and overwhelm, as well as physical and emotional challenges. Using an approach of gentleness and strength we’ll explore various techniques that relate with the breath, thoughts, and sense perceptions.  We’ll engage with sitting, walking, standing and supine postures.  This class includes some outdoor practice sessions, allowing us to tap into the beauty and calm of nature areas around campus. We’ll discuss and reflect on how these mindfulness practices blend into one’s daily life.

NOTE: No special equipment needed and can be done in any  private space where you can be uninterrupted, and able to sit with lying down an option.

Section 1: Monday/Wednesday 5:40-6:30pm Remote

Section 2: Tuesday/Thursday 5:10-6pm Remote

Please take note: Students are only allowed to receive a maximum COMBINED of two (2) of the nondirected/guided PE classes. These include Off-Campus PE, Meditation, Swim Fitness, Independent Climb, Community Engagement, and Running Club/Running Outdoors. Once a student earns 2 credits in any of these classes any additional classes in this category will not be counted towards their six (6) total required for graduation. 

After earning two (2) nondirected/guided PE credits students are welcome to continue to take any of these classes as they prefer but will not earn additional credit.--

 

Mindful Walking & Crows of Reed

Instructor: Gary Granger

Classes will combine intentional movement practices outdoors with an introductory study of the American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) on Reed’s campus. Each two-hour class will involve group time with classmates and the instructor, walking, and observing crows (and other birds). Students will also make solo excursions on campus in order to practice the techniques in the class and review their experiences with the instructor one-on-one or in a group. A focus for each class will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the class. Participants will meet in the south facing hallway of the Sports Center near the Outdoor center for the first class to receive equipment, and to be given instructions on where subsequent classes will begin. The instructor will briefly introduce the day’s focus before setting out on foot for the majority of the class period. An emphasis will be placed on understanding how intention when moving impacts the experience of being in a space and one’s awareness, along with how movement and stillness impact birds and their habitats. Walking between locations will emphasize a focus on the act of walking and moving through space, while deemphasizing the arrival at a destination. Field observation and recording skills will be explored. Participants will learn how to use standard binoculars effectively in the field.

Friday 2:10pm-4:00pm IN-PERSON

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Instructor: Eduardo Torres

Learn the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing while getting a great workout of the mind and body.

Tuesday and Thursday 7:10pm-8pm IN-PERSON

Off Campus PE

Instructor: Michael Lombardo

Criteria Off Campus PE is an option for people seeking a PE credit through various sanctioned recreational activities. For Off Campus PE individuals typically train or take classes at an off campus studio or gym for a specific activity. The attendance policy is the same as regularly offered Reed PE courses and proof of attendance is required for successful completion. Students are responsible to cover all costs associated with any Off Campus PE activities, financial subsidies will not be  provided by the AFOP department. All Off Campus PE credit must be authorized by the Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs prior to the course starting to ensure it meets the requirements for PE credit. Students must officially register for Off Campus PE prior to each quarter that they are engaged in their off campus efforts in order to be eligible to receive PE credit.

Please be aware that you are only eligible to receive PE credit for Off Campus PE if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have already completed at least 4 of your PE credits through prior classes at the Sports Center or transfer PE credits already accepted by the registrar.
  • You have a compelling reason or extenuating circumstance justifying your request to take a physical education class that the Reed PE program cannot provide to you, which would be determined after a conversation/proposal between the student & Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs.

The activity must:

  •  take place in a professional facility (fitness center, yoga studio, etc.) - be supervised by a fitness professional - meet no less than 2 hours weekly over a period of 7 consecutive weeks - occur during the academic quarter that you are registered for OCPE

Verification of your attendance and participation of the activity on official letterhead must be submitted to the Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs at the end of the quarter.

Please take note: Students are only allowed to receive a maximum COMBINED of two (2) of the nondirected/guided PE classes. These include Off-Campus PE, Meditation, Swim Fitness, Independent Climb, Community Engagement, and Running Club/Running Outdoors. Once a student earns 2 credits in any of these classes any additional classes in this category will not be counted towards their six (6) total required for graduation. 

After earning two (2) nondirected/guided PE credits students are welcome to continue to take any of these classes as they prefer but will not earn additional credit.-- but otherwise you can take as many of the directed classes as you'd like!

For more information contact Michael Lombardo/lombardm@reed.edu

 

PE Rugby

Instructors: Bui Baravilala, Janita Fetuuao, Rachel Johnson

Introduction to rugby skills, tactics, principles of play and fun! Class focuses on Rugby 7s, although rugby union and touch concepts are incorporated. No previous knowledge of sport or rugby necessary but welcome.

This is a full contact sport. We will teach you what you need to be safe but a willingness to get into personal space and incorporate mobility and strengthening concepts are necessary for successful and safe participation!

Practice Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, Sundays 12pm-2pm. IN-PERSON Matches on various Saturdays and Sundays per league schedule. Participation in games is not necessary for PE credit, but is necessary for optimum fun.

Pilates

Instructor: Mary Bradley

Pilates is a system of exercise founded by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is designed to enhance your physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness. The class will focus on strengthening your core muscles. Core muscles include your back, abdomen and hips. Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Breathing and Flow are the six principles of Pilates. Classes are multilevel and modifiable to student needs. Each student is able to progress according to their own ability. Some sessions incorporate techniques from The MELT Method. MELT is the first neurofascial pain relief, self-treatment technique. www.meltmethod.com

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear fitness, workout or yoga clothes. Bring a water bottle. We wear socks or go barefoot in class.

CONTACT: 503-267-2415 or pilatesmeltmary@gmail.com

Monday/Wednesday 12-1pm IN-PERSON

Rock Climbing: Beginning–Advanced

Instructor: Rodney Sofich

This class emphasizes rock climbing technique such as body position and foot work as well as belaying, rappelling, and rope management are all covered in this entry-level rock climbing course with a heavy emphasis on having fun climbing.  The class is based around meeting once a week for a gym training sessions and 2 weekend one-day trips.

Recommended for beginners to advanced.  All technical equipment like harness, shoes, helmet are provided.

Monday and Wednesday 6:10pm-8pm IN-PERSON

Rock Climbing: Independent

Instructor: Will Symms

Independent Climbing at Reed College requires students to climb independently on students’ own time. Independent Climbing is considered a non-instructional course.

Below are course requirements: 

1. Students can only have (2) credits of non-instructional coursework out of their (6) total PE requirements for graduation. Example: Student takes(2) credits of Independent PE. The other (4) credits of coursework need to have instruction and guidance.

2. A fee is billed to the students account for a (7) week unlimited climbing pass to Circuit Bouldering Gym/Portland Rock Gym (PRG) or Planet Granite. *Fee course structure ranges from $85-$140 depending on the gym for a membership.

3. Students must climb a minimum of (2) days of 45min or (1) day of 1.5 hours. Additional climbing is encouraged. The more you climb the better you become.

4. An online Google document will be shared with the students so they can keep their attendance log. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the attendance sheet up to date. If students fail to log their attendance when grades are due they will have a failing grade. Keep your attendance up to date.

5. No transportation available to gyms.

Any questions please see Will Symms for further information. He can be reached via phone 503-777-7232 / email or by seeing him in the Outdoor Center located in the Reed College Sports Center.

Mandatory First meeting- 8/31/2021 5:15pm in the Outdoor Center 

Please take note: Students are only allowed to receive a maximum COMBINED of two (2) of the nondirected/guided PE classes. These include Off-Campus PE, Meditation, Swim Fitness, Independent Climb, Community Engagement, and Running Club/Running Outdoors. Once a student earns 2 credits in any of these classes any additional classes in this category will not be counted towards their six (6) total required for graduation. 

After earning two (2) nondirected/guided PE credits students are welcome to continue to take any of these classes as they prefer but will not earn additional credit.-- but otherwise you can take as many of the directed classes as you'd like!

Rugby

Instructors: Bui Baravilala, Janita Fetuuao, Rachel Johnson

COVID-19 adapted Rugby 

Will focus on expanding Rugby IQ through film analysis and the exploration of various attack and defensive structures and principles of play.  Students will have the opportunity to enjoy rugby viewing with the team while also developing teamwork and leadership skills through small analysis presentations. Students will engage in safely social distanced physical exercise which will focus on rugby specific movements, game demand and fundamental rugby technical skills. 

Useful and/or necessary equipment and space of course:

  • Each student needs internet connection and screen/computer
  • Each student should have their own ball (could share but then would need to ensure proper cleaning procedure)
  • Rugby Field space to perform individual or small group social distanced exercise and skills HUDL* software.

Practice Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, Sundays 12pm-2pm.  REMOTE

 

Squash Beginning, Intermediate and Team

Instructor: Rodney Zaharchuk

Squash is a wonderful sport that involves strategy and skill. Great cardiovascular workouts ensue chasing the ball around the wonderfully designed courts at Reed College. These classes will teach you the basics of the sport and build your skills to take your squash abilities to the next level.

Coach and organize teams for play in Portland City Squash League.

Squash Team Days: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:10pm to 8pm, all quarters.

Strength Training Advanced

Instructor: Ward Holverson

The focus of this class is to instruct the student in the proper use of the strength training equipment available in the Sports Center weight room. The main goal of this class is to make everyone feel safe and comfortable in the weight room.

Thursday 4:40-6:30pm IN-PERSON

Strength Training Beginning

Instructor: Ward Holverson

The focus of this class is to learn how to apply resistance training to work towards specific goals. Students will be expected to have a rudimentary understanding of how to use most of the equipment in the weight room. The goal of Advanced Resistance training is to instruct students in the concepts used to reach specific fitness goals.

Tuesday 4:40-6:30pm IN-PERSON

Swim Fitness

Instructor: Will Symms

Swim Fitness is an independent study PE course offered for people who feel comfortable swimming on their own with no formal instruction. This course is completed at the students leisure with the base requirements for attaining credit completing two swim sessions per week for the 7 week course period.

Swim fitness log/requirements

First and only meeting is Wednesday(first week of classes each quarter) 5:15pm outside the Pool area upper lobby entrance.

Please take note: Students are only allowed to receive a maximum COMBINED of two (2) of the nondirected/guided PE classes. These include Off-Campus PE, Meditation, Swim Fitness, Independent Climb, Community Engagement, and Running Club/Running Outdoors. Once a student earns 2 credits in any of these classes any additional classes in this category will not be counted towards their six (6) total required for graduation. 

After earning two (2) nondirected/guided PE credits students are welcome to continue to take any of these classes as they prefer but will not earn additional credit.--

Swim Instruction

Instructor: Katalya Scheizer

This is a fun class designed to encourage students to explore and enjoy the water. Students must be able to go under water comfortably. Students will learn freestyle and backstroke. While developing confidence, we will work towards continued improvement on freestyle and backstroke as well as learn the breast stroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly. Treading water is also introduced in this level. 

Monday and Wednesday 5:10pm-6pm on the Pool Deck IN-PERSON

Touch Rugby Training/Practice

Instructors: Janita Fetuuao, Rachel Johnson

Touch rugby is a non-contact sport for all bodies and at all skill levels. Touch is a fast paced game with six players a side and continuous substitutions. It is a great opportunity to learn about and play rugby without the tackling component and hone your fitness, game strategy, and field vision. 
Sunday 10-12pm and Wednesday 6-8pm- Rugby Pitch In-Person

Traditional Tai Chi Beginning/Intermediate

Instructor: Eliot Sitt

This class offers a comprehensive introduction to the practice of Tai Chi. Yang Style Tai Chi is widely recognized as a system of exercise suitable for a wide range of ages and physical conditions. The postures are open and comfortable and the form provides a challenging learning experience without placing excessive demands on the stamina of the player. The slowness of the exercise promotes balance training and leg strength, while the calm and peaceful motions provide a variety of benefits ranging from stress reduction to lower blood pressure.

The focus of the class is on the therapeutic approach to Tai Chi practice. The goal of the class is to bring the daily practice of Tai Chi into the student's life. As with any program of therapeutic exercise, the benefits accrue to those who practice regularly. Class work includes a 15-minute warm up sequence of traditional Chinese exercises to open the joints, align the body frame and relax the mind. The slow motion sequence is then introduced in a patient and cumulative manner. Practice, repetition, review and form corrections are a part of every class.

Instruction in Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi, including learning the traditional Yang Style Long Form, qigong exercises, and basic principles of body mechanics in Tai Chi.

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:10 - 4:00 (Beginning), 4:10 - 5:00 (Intermediate) IN-PERSON

Weight Room Confidence

Instructor: Melissa Monsef

The weight room can be overwhelming and intimidating. This inclusive beginner class will show you how to get familiar and comfortable with the weight room space so that you can get an uncomplicated but challenging resistance training workout. You'll learn how to use the weight machines and the dumbbells, and will practice one or two nutrition habits to support your workouts. In 6 weeks you'll not only be stronger: you'll be able to confidently walk into any weight room and get a great workout in with minimal equipment or time. Melissa will be there to support you, answer questions, and keep things fun as you flex your new muscles!

Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm-5:15pm IN-PERSON Weight/Fitness Room

Yoga: A.M.

Instructor: Erin Nova

“This world is your body. This world is a great school. This world is your silent teacher.” -Swami Sivananda AM Hatha/Hatha flow This morning yoga class not only wakes up the physical body but will also start to open up the subtle intelligence in the body. The student will be introduced to basic breathing techniques, classic and nontraditional yoga postures and flow sequences. The body will be stretched, lubricated and strengthened as the mind will start to come to a more single pointed focus. By the end of class, the student will feel alert, calm and ready for the day. This class is open to beginner and more experienced students as modifications and variations will be shown accordingly. Yoga mats are provided.

Prerequisite: none

Tuesday and Thursday 7:45-8:45 AM IN-PERSON

Yoga: for Relaxation

Instructor: Erin Nova

Yoga for relaxation
This class uses simple breathing techniques and yoga asana to calm the body, nerves and mind. Props will be used in Restorative Yoga themed classes to support the body as the student surrenders all effort and the desire to be active. In other classes, students will be guided through a variety of gentle Hatha Yoga poses with attention to breath and movement. Short guided meditations, mudras and other relaxation techniques will be introduced over the course of the quarter. This class is awesome for the beginner as well as the more experienced student who desires to unwind after a long day. Yoga mats are provided.

Prerequisite: none

Tuesday and Thursday 6:10pm-7pm IN-PERSON

Yoga: Hatha Intermediate

Instructor: Erin Nova

Hatha yoga tailored to the daily needs of students

Monday and Wednesday 4:15-5:30pm IN-PERSON

Zumba

Instructor: Ernest Yago

Zumba, Latin Dance-Fitness fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Zumba Fanatics achieve long term health benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!

Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.

Tuesday and Thursday 8:10pm-9pm IN-PERSON