Wellness & Lifetime Fitness

Announcements:

Class Additions and Cancellations:

HIIT - make up class scheduled for today, Monday March 30th

will take place Tuesday, March 31st!

Wellness & LF UNIT 4 PDF.pdf

WLF Unit 4 Spring 2015 pdf

Wellness & Lifetime Fitness Calendar

General Information:

ALL CLASSES ARE FREE!

CONTACTS:

Chris Paradis coordinates the Wellness Program, and can be reached at 413-542-8136 and her office is 1211 Alumni Gym.

Peter Robson is the Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program. He can be reached at (413) 542-5757 and his office is located in 2202 Alumni Gymnasium.All classes are FREE!

  • Unit IV Classes: Wednesday March 25 - Friday April 30
  • Lifetime Fitness Classes Unit IV require pre-registration (Registration opens online Thursday, March 12)
  • Wellness Classes will remain drop-in! 
  • Please note, the online class calendar below will be updated regularly, as some class times may be changed or classes dropped if there are no students the first few classes.
  • Please be sure to check this website calendar or e-mail the instructor if you plan to drop in.  
  • Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.
  • See all class details in full calendar below...

Tomorrow - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Beginner Swimming (Nichols)

For people who have not had swimming instruction and cannot swim. We’ll work at getting comfortable in the water, practice basic skills and ultimately learn two or three different strokes.

Skip to the Beat (McBride/Open)

Jump rope to enhance your cardiovascular health.

Core, Strength & Stretch (Cynthia Pliakas/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

This class will explore various ways to engage the core. Moving through a sequence of postures utilizing the whole body. The class will consist of some isolated core work, strong posture work and deep stretching.

It is a mixed level class -- beginners are welcome for fundamental structure, continuing students will enjoy the refinement. The room will be moderately heated.

Cynthia has been teaching yoga for 10 years and has been a student for 20. She earned her RYT 200 hr from Patty Townsend. Cynthia has a strong ashtanga vinyasa background and has her own studio in Conway, ma. Her classes are energetic, strong and focus on alignment. See more about Cynthia at www.tapasyoga.rocks

Intermediate/Advanced Squash (Robson)

Alumni Gym, Squash Courts

This class is designed for players with some knowledge and experience!

Tai Chi and Quigong Meditation and Exercise (Mazor/Open)

Cadigan Center, Living Room

This class focuses on tai chi practice based on portions of the 37 posture Yang-style form, and also includes various Quigong exercises.
Both the form and exercises are helpful for stress relief, healthful exercise, and general well-being. No prior experience is necessary.

David Mazor teaches and studies Cheng Man-ch'ing style tai chi. His classes focus on Professor's 'simplified' 37 posture Yang-style form.

Summer Abs (Serpone)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

A strong core is essential for just about everything. This fun, high-energy class will get you feeling and looking good before you leave for summer break!

Zumba Fitness (Franks/Open)

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Common

It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. Zumba Fitness®blends red-hot music and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.

Mindfulness Meditation (Adi Bemak/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Take some quiet time in the busyness of your week to practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. Join Adi Bemak, longtime teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and Valley Mindfulness in Northampton for this one hour drop-in class. There will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. This class is open to faculty, staff and students and no experience is required.

About the facilitator: Adi was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 1976 in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and has been a practitioner of mindfulness for almost four decades. She has been teaching mindfulness tools since 1993, and is a longtime teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Adi also teaches MBSR in western Mass. through Valley Mindfulness, and serves on the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. She offers courses and retreats for beginning mindfulness practitioners, college and university staff and faculty, seniors exploring aging and health issues, and mindful parenting. A Buddhist advisor at Mount Holyoke College, Adi also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

Fri, Apr 3, 2015

H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training (Colleen Keenan/Faculty & Staff)

Alumni Gym, Friends Room

High Intensity Interval Training - workouts based on principles of high intensity interval training.

Yoga - Slow Flow (Stamell/Open) Sub on April 17

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

This class is a slow vinyasa flow and a perfect way to end your week and ease into the weekend. This class combines slow flow with periods of longer, supported postures -- enabling participants the opportunity better understand the benefits of mindful movement. Suitable for students of all levels and abilities.

Molly’s background is primarily in the world of dance. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in Montreal, and currently teaches many styles of Modern and Contemporary dance, as well as conditioning and injury prevention classes in the Amherst area. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in Embodyoga with Patty Townsend in 2012, and has since added many yoga classes to her teaching schedule. She continues to study with Patty Townsend in the Emboyoga 500 hour program, which she will complete in December, 2015. Molly’s current focus is on bringing the principles of Embodyoga into daily life, and on bridging the gap between yoga and dance.

To learn more about Molly go to: http://mollystamell.weebly.com

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Cycling the Valley (Ballard)

Alumni Gym, Front Steps

This class takes you on road rides (15-20 mile routes) throughout the Pioneer Valley. Own equipment required.

Small Sided Soccer (Hughes)

Play 5v5 soccer in Alumni Gym! Small sided soccer gives you an opportunity to play the game you love in a fun and challenging environment at the end of a long week. Because it's a small space, you will get lots of touches on the ball, a great workout, and hopefully have lots of fun! Some playing experience is beneficial but not necessary.

Yoga - Restorative (Evans/Faculty & Staff)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Unwind from the week with this supportive, receptive practice! Restorative yoga uses props to support the body in postures that encourage deep levels of physical and mental relaxation. We stay in the postures long enough to notice what the body needs, and allow balance to be restored. We move slowly and mindfully as we set up postures and come out of them. Individual modifications help everyone find what works for them. Sensory and breath awareness contribute to the shifting of the nervous system, creating a sense of cleansing, refreshment and calm. Bring water and a sweatshirt for extra warmth.

Instructor, Deborah Evans, RYT500 has been teaching yoga for 12 years. Find out more at www.embodyogadeb.com.

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Mon, Apr 6, 2015

CATZ (Walsh/Open)

CATZ stands for "competitive athlete training zone", and this class will be base on the principles of the CATZ model of fitness and training.

Beginner Golf (Everden)

Alumni Gym, Golf Room

Learn the fundamentals of golf.

Mat Pilates (Cowperthwait/Open)

Engage your mind to condition your body with core strength exercises, breath control and more. Mat Pilates class offers a blend of flexibility and strength work, with an emphasis on core muscles. Each class offers a series of challenging floor exercises that are adaptable to all fitness levels.

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Walking for Fitness (Everden/Open)

Alumni Gym, Cage Track

Fitness walking is a low impact aerobic type activity designed to develop cardiovascular fitness. Come join us at lunch time to walk and breathe with others.

Yoga - Vinayasa Flow (Renzoni/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

In this energizing and challenging class we practice sun salutations, standing poses, backbends, twists, and forward bends, with emphasis on building stamina, alignment, poise, grace, breath awareness, and freedom. This class is designed to be like a reset button, creating confidence, clarity, focus, and a deeper sense of well-being.
Kendra's teaching is bright, joyous, disciplined, layered, and detailed. While her teaching is highly focused on alignment, she also weaves the philosophy of yoga into the postures to facilitate students into finding greater ease emotionally and physically in class and in their lives. She gives beautiful and detailed demonstrations of the poses, both demonstrating what to do and what not to do and through this tool students often have eye-opening experiences of great understanding. She has incredible clarity in her instructions, and repetitively weaves her instructions through class so students begin to find themselves building greater comprehension and expansive intelligence. Though the art of assisting with hands-on touch she guides students deeper into their full potential.

To learn more about Kendra go to: www.kendrarenzoniyoga.com

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Mind-Body Techniques and Practices (Peck/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Mind-Body Techniques and Practices: Qi Gong-- Chi based Disciplines- including Shaolin Kung Fu

Using Qi Gong, and other Chi based disciplines students and faculty will be engaged in the Art of Chinese body works and movement in order to enhance the circulatory system, increase balance, timing and flexibility. Students will learn some Shaolin Kung Fu movements and principles integrating Chinese philosophical ideas of intrinsic power -- and how to use that power to navigate the outside world as well as promote health and awareness in one's own life. This class will encompass movement techniques that will help to integrate fragmented parts of our mind and body in order to create greater ease and release tension in daily life. It is fun, engaging and powerful, and all levels are welcome.

Instructor,Linda Peck ,has been studying and teaching various Martial Arts for over 20 years, is a Ni-Dan or 2nd degree blackbelt a certified Tai Chi /Qi Gong Instructor, and teaches and presents at conferences throughout the the Northeast.

Tue, Apr 7, 2015

Yoga - Start Your Day the Right Way (Evans/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Begin your day with breath and movement! This is an open level, accessible, and empowering yoga practice designed to cultivate skills for use throughout your day. Finding your ground and the support of the body, strategies for building and containing personal energy, finding a sense of integration and wholeness. A gentle warm up followed by Sun Salutations and invigorating flows will leave you feeling inspired, awake and ready to embrace the rest of your day. Bring water and a sweatshirt for final relaxation.

Instructor, Deborah Evans, RYT500 has been teaching yoga for 12 years. Find out more at www.embodyogadeb.com.

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Beginner Swimming (Nichols)

For people who have not had swimming instruction and cannot swim. We’ll work at getting comfortable in the water, practice basic skills and ultimately learn two or three different strokes.

Yoga for Beginners (Renzoni/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Learn to breathe and move with intention in this beginner's class. With supportive and detailed instruction, you will realign your body with your true wisdom through a variety of yoga poses. Modifications and props will be used to accommodate all shapes, sizes, flexibility ranges and fitness levels.

Kendra's teaching is bright, joyous, disciplined, layered, and detailed. While her teaching is highly focused on alignment, she also weaves the philosophy of yoga into the postures to facilitate students into finding greater ease emotionally and physically in class and in their lives. She gives beautiful and detailed demonstrations of the poses, both demonstrating what to do and what not to do and through this tool students often have eye-opening experiences of great understanding. She has incredible clarity in her instructions, and repetitively weaves her instructions through class so students begin to find themselves building greater comprehension and expansive intelligence. Though the art of assisting with hands-on touch she guides students deeper into their full potential.
To learn more about Kendra go to: www.kendrarenzoniyoga.com

Mat Policy: For hygiene reasons, all participants must bring their own yoga mat to mat-based classes (yoga, pilates) If you do not have one, mats will be available for purchase ($15/mat) at Conway Classroom, and students may term-bill at the first class. If you have financial concerns, you may borrow one from the Athletic Department.

Skip to the Beat (McBride/Open)

Jump rope to enhance your cardiovascular health.

Intermediate/Advanced Squash (Robson)

Alumni Gym, Squash Courts

This class is designed for players with some knowledge and experience!

Aqua Fitness (Patricia Jay/Open)

This is a basic water aerobics class featuring cardio, resistance training, interval training, and stretching. Some of the benefits of aqua fitness include increased energy, improved focus, greater strength, endurance, and flexibility, a boast in metabolism, toning and weight loss, and skill development. Impact is low to medium and all levels of fitness are welcome! Participants describe their experience as feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

Please bring a suit (compression or bike style shorts are acceptable), towel and water bottle.