Body/Mind


Chair Yoga

Instructor: Lisa Varno
Date: Mondays, beginning September 10
Time: 10-11am
Price: $15 drop in, $70 for 5-class card

Lisa Varno’s chair yoga class incorporates gentle movement while seated. We’ll ease our way through a series of stretches and yoga postures that can be modified to accommodate those with limited mobility and difficulty balancing. Each class includes breathing practices and ends with a delightful session of guided relaxation. Through regular practice of yoga, you will notice improved flexibility, strength, balance, and posture. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

For questions or to register, email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com


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Gentlemen’s Yoga

Instructor: Britton Mann
Date: Thursdays
Time: 12-1pm
Price: $18 drop in, $120 for 8-week series

Inflexibility is a virtue in this class. Athletileisure clothing or yoga-specific pants not required. Sense of humor and/or ability to make light of one’s own shortcomings and short hamstrings is a pre-requisite. Classes range from quiet and meditative to moderately spirited.

Britton has been sharing his understanding of various yoga and other movement arts for 16 years.

For questions, email Britton at

Classes moving to Fridays beginning September 7th!


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Dance for People with Parkinson’s and Other Neuromotor Challenges
 

Instructor: Kate Gamble BFA, MSPT
Date: Thursdays , Sept. 13th- November 8  (no class Sept. 27)
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: Sliding scale: 0-$15. Register here >

The class is built on principles from the Dance for PD® teaching method (https://danceforparkinsons.org/about-the-program/mission)  which is built on a “fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD". Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement; they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears, and touch to control their bodies.” Class will integrate movement from modern dance, ballet, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake.

Kate Gamble trained with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Company in the dance for PD Curriculum. She's the founder of Open Door and has been a professional dancer and physical therapist for over 25 years.

Full payment can be paid online or at the door. We are interested in not having financial concerns be a barrier to taking the class. If $15 is not feasible, donations will be accepted at the door.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com


Tai Chi Basics

Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Dates: Mondays, starting September 17
Time:  12-1pm
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $17 for drop ins 

Kevin's class will introduce students to the basic elements of tai chi.  [This class will complement Paul Mahoney's Friday class at Open Door.]  The practice will include instruction in the body movements and breathing patterns needed to learn the Yang style short form.  This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in improving their health while learning this ancient art form.  This course is also suitable as an intro to tai chi chuan for students who are interested in not only the health side but in learning the martial art of tai chi. All are welcome- you can get started no matter what shape you are in! 

Kevin practices and teaches traditional Japanese martial arts with the White River Budokan in White River Junction.  He has been practicing 35 years.  He studies tai chi with Sifu Paul Mahoney. His somatic practice at Open Door focuses on deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and individual and group exercise.  He teaches advanced massage technique and body awareness classes and professional seminars at River Valley Community College and the Community College of Vermont.

For questions or to register, email Kevin at kevincomeau1989@gmail.com


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Tai Chi for Health

Instructor: Paul Mahoney
Dates: Fridays
Time:  10am-11am
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $18 for drop ins (July- $10 drop in)

Paul Mahoney will teach a tai chi for health class that includes instruction of the Yang style short form and will include qigong (Chee gong) practice.

This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in improving their health while learning this ancient art form.  This course is also suitable as an intro to tai chi chuan for students who are interested in not only the health side but in learning the martial art of tai chi. Once the basics are mastered students would then have an option to start a more in depth study which includes partner exercises including push hands, chin Na, applications and the Yang style fighting set. 

Paul Mahoney has over thirty years of tai chi experience. To learn more about him please visit: www.greatbaytaichi.com

For questions or to register, contact Paul by by emailing him here.


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Restorative Aerial Yoga

Instructor: Lisa Varno
Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays (start date TBD)
Time: 10-11am
Price: $20 drop in, $90 for a 5-class card

We use a soft fabric hammock that supports up to 1000 lbs. to move through a series of restorative poses that will rejuvenate and deeply relax your nervous system. This practice has numerous physical and emotional benefits as it provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal from the inside out. The hammock will be hung close to the floor so that students can use the prop to either partially or fully support the weight of the body. The support of the fabric will allow you to move into postures that might otherwise be unavailable due to physical limitations. Enjoy a luxurious final relaxation cocooned in your hammock.

For questions or to register, email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com


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Aerial Yoga for Beginners

Instructor: Lisa Varno
Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays (start date TBD)
Time: 10-11am
Price: $20 drop in, $90 for a 5-class card

Combines traditional yoga with the basic physical training of an aerial acrobat. Designed for those with no aerial experience, this practice uses a low-hanging soft fabric trapeze to support body weight for deep stretching, effortless inversions, deep core strengthening, and FUN!

For questions or to register, email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement: Taking Care of our Spine

Date: TBD
Instructor:  Frauke Voss

Taking care of our spine is a life-long task, not to say preoccupation. Fortunately there are routes we can take to make this journey easier: One of them is awareness -  by becoming aware of how we use our spine habitually and what we might do to improve or amend our habits.

In this class we will examine in some detail the functions of flexing and extending. This will allow us to regain the tensile strength of the spine and to rely on the length of the spinal column as we walk, sit or play. 

At the end of the class you will be delighted to feel improvements not only in your back, but also your neck and shoulders, the carriage of your head, the function of the jaw, the openness of the hip joints and the improved breathing and general feeling of lightness and ease.