Somatics & Fitness

Exploration of the many faces of movement: Somatic movement and Fitness classes.


Somatics & Fitness

 

Bodies in Motion: Explorations in Movement, Fitness and Fun

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Instructor: Joseph Sargent
Date: Saturdays
Time: 12-1:15pm
Price: $18 drop in, $150 for 10-class card

Discover a new kind of fitness and expand your embodied experience through explorations in movement and somatic awareness.

Restore your body’s natural functional movement capabilities; rehabilitate old injuries and prevent new ones; relax your body and reclaim control of your nervous system; learn new movement skills, rhythmic coordination, and dance floorwork; develop greater internal awareness and connection throughout your body as well as greater ease of movement and command of the space around you. Students will be encouraged to connect with others through interactive movement and PLAY. This class will be motivated, above all, by an open curiosity towards the body and what it means to be fully alive in our bodies. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.  

Joe Sargent will be leading this class. His influences include gymnastics, circus arts, martial arts, modern dance, Feldenkrais, Continuum Movement, Tom Weksler, Ido Portal, Fighting Monkey Practice, among others.

For questions or to register, email Joe at Joseph.b.sargent@gmail.com


Gentlemen’s Yoga

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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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Yoga for Caregivers- Beginners Gentle Flow

Instructor: Caleigh MacDonald RN, BSN, RYT 200, Reiki I
Date: Wednesdays, July 11- August 1
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: $15 drop in, $50 for 4-week series

Get your body moving in this gentle, all levels yoga class. Classes are designed for beginners and tailored to the caregivers of the community. Allow yourself to have time for self-care and renewal. Come as you are to stretch, strengthen, and heal the mind and body. Fuel yourself and join us for a great introduction to Yoga with aspects of meditation, breath work, and mindfulness.

For questions or to register, email Caleigh at camacdonald625@gmail.com

 


Strength and Mobility Circuit Training

Instructor: Joseph Sargent
Date: Mondays, beginning September 10
Time: 5:15-6:30pm
Price: $18 drop in, $150 for 10-class card

Build a foundation of strength and mobility through gymnastic circuit training! Intense sequences of exercises will develop core, upper, and lower body strength, while preserving joint integrity and optimal form. Students will learn how to train using primarily their own body-weight to develop high levels of strength, coordinative control, and active joint mobility. This is a perfect class for beginner and intermediate level students and anyone looking to tone and strengthen their body safely and progressively.

For questions or to register, email Joe at joseph.b.sargent@gmail.com


Stretching 101

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Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Price: $60 for 4-class series, $18 drop in
Date: TBD

Explore your true length!  Stretching is an activity most admire, but few do.  Many factors keep people from starting a flexibility program.  Two of the most common are: embarrassment over the current state of affairs (I’m stiff!), and confusion over how to proceed. In this 4-week class, we will start from the beginning and build a solid base of knowledge about flexibility.  We will answer the following questions:

What is a stretch?  How does it differ from strengthening muscles?
What difference will stretching make?
What is the anatomy behind stretching?
How often should I stretch?  How long do I hold one?
Are there different ways of stretching?  Which is best for me?

Each class will last 45 minutes, and include:

Brief discussion and check-in
Warmup
Featured stretches and modalities
Quiet relaxation
Optional homework

The class is open to anyone who wants to explore his or her capacity for greater suppleness, and by extension, greater ease of movement and day to day comfort.  No previous experience is assumed.

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


Chair Yoga

Date: TBD

Lisa Varno’s chair yoga class incorporates gentle movement especially designed for people who have difficulty transitioning up from and down to the floor. We’ll ease our way through a series of stretches and yoga postures from our chairs 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. To ensure stability throughout the class, we’ll practice with bare feet.


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.