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GOLDEN BREATH AMERICAN TAI CHI™
Tai Chi consists of slow, relaxed movements that connect one with the rhythm of nature and promote the healing process. Reduce stress and fatigue; improve posture, tonemuscle, and increase flexibility and balance.
Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ is a series of choreographed Tai Chi movements developed by SiBok Robert Kassof and has been taught widely to people with disabilities, medical conditions, and in some medical settings. The movements can easily be adapted to be taught in a chair and thus more easily accessible to those who have decreased endurance or difficulty standing. Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ was designed to be practiced by all individuals regardless of physical limitations. Please wear flat-soled shoes and comfortable clothes.
When: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm; Ten weeks, April 16-June 18
Fee: $70; Non-resident $75 (Drop-in rate $10 per class)
Instructor: Tim Brown
RADIANT LOTUS WOMEN’S QI-GONG™
This Internal Art program is specifically designed to empower women practitioners in self-health care. Classes consist of movement techniques and breath exercises that have the capacity to help practitioners realize healing potential and to reach optimal levels of health. The fundamental elements of the practice consist of techniques like Shaking and Cupping, Self-Massage, Vibrational Sound Healing and the Kwan Yin Closing & Showering Qi Movements. Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor/ Clinical Practitioner Daisy Lee, developed the series of techniques presented, which are based on teachings from her Tibetan, Chinese and Western masters. The essential difference between RLWQ and other styles of Qigong is that it’s practiced and taught by women for women. Please wear shoes with flat soles and loose clothing.
When: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm; Eight weeks, April 18-June 13
No class 5/16
Fee: $112; Non-resident $117
Instructor: Gabrielle de Burke, Certified Level I RLWQ Instructor
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that incorporates Latin and International world music and dance movements. It combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body, but go at your own pace. Dances include Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Belly Dancing, African Dancing, Cumbia, Samba, aerobic steps and more. Most dances concentrate on core and hip movements. Be ready to dance, have fun and enjoy the music. You will probably move parts of your body that you didn’t know exist. If you have them, please wear smooth bottom dance sneakers and bring plenty of water. Classes will continue into the summer months on available Saturdays.
When: Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am; Four weeks, April 27-May 18
Fee: $5 one-time registration;Walk-in $7 per class ($8 non resident)
Instructor: Vonda Pearson, Licensed Zumba Instructor
SOUL LINE DANCE (BASIC)
This class is designed for the Soul Line Dance novice. If you think you can’t do it, this class is for you. Learn the basic rhythms, cadence and moves of soul line dancing as well as terminology and protocols to make you more comfortable on the dance floor. Learn easy line dance classics and something new. All are welcome. Wear low friction footwear.
When: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm; Six weeks, April 15-May 20
Fee: $40; Non-Resident $45
Instructor: Kathy Ausby
DRAGON SPIRIT YOGA™
This Internal Arts program brings together the Taoist & Yogic Internal Arts of Chi-kung/Kung-Fu with Hatha/Vinyasa practices. This fusion style is rooted in traditional disciplines that explore a series of still restorative poses (Asana), self-massage techniques (Tao-Yin) & breath-work exercises (Pranayama) w/ focus on synchronizing breath in combination with energizing sequences of vigorous movement (Vinyasa). We will meditate & cultivate vital energy in the body, mind & spirit! Please wear comfortable/ stretchy clothing appropriate for practice. Bring your own Yoga Mat. Props (i.e. Blankets/Straps/Blocks) will be provided to assist with postures. Modified poses & posture flows will be offered to meet all levels of experience! To learn more or register contact instructor Gabrielle DeBurke via email at LungShen@earthtones or phone 484-557-9605. Discounts extended to those registering for more than one class series with Certified Yoga Instructor Gabrielle de Burke.
VITAL RESTORATION FLOW
Appropriate for all levels
Morning Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am;
Class: Nine weeks, April 17-June 26
No class 5/15, 6/19
Fee: $100; Non-resident $105.
Evening Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm;
Class: Seven weeks, April 24-June 26
No class 5/1, 5/15, 6/19
Fee: $77; Non-resident $82.
Appropriate for mixed levels
When: Sundays, 11:30 am-12:45 pm;
Eight weeks, April 14-June 23
No class 4/28, 5/19, 6/9, 6/16
Fee: $88; Non-resident $93
GENTLE GRACEFUL FLOW
Appropriate for active seniors & adults with limited mobility
When: Thursdays, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm;
Eight weeks, April 18-June 13
No class 5/16
Fee: $80; Non-resident $85.
NOT SURE WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Gabrielle de Burke to help find which class is right for you!
Dragon Spirit Yoga: Smooth Vinyasa
Sunday, April 7, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Dragon Spirit Yoga: Vital Restoration Flow
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30-10:30am
Radiant Lotus Women’s Qi-Gong™
Thursday, April 7, 5:30-6:30pm
What is the martial art of Iaido? It has been said for many centuries that the Samurai’s sword is his soul. Iaido is the art of self discipline and control through the skilled use of the katana. Iaido practice is often called “moving Zen.”
Through the process of training in Iaido, the student learns that the mind, body, and soul of the practitioner come together as one; and, the purity of the soul of the student is allowed to flourish. Just as the sword-smith, polisher, and warrior bring the katana to life, the art of Iaido, forges, polishes, and brings the very best attributes and qualities of the student into focus and helps make you the very best person you can become.
What do you need to get started? Bokan (wooden sword) and knee pads. Jules Shuzen Harris holds an Ed.D. with a concentration in applied human development. As a psychotherapist, Shuzen has found creative ways to synthesize Western psychology and Zen to achieve dramatic results with his patients and students. He also focuses on the relationship between Zen and the martial arts. He is a fourthdegree Black Belt in Iaido (the art of drawing and cutting with a samurai sword) and a Black Belt in Kendo (Japanese fencing). He has founded two schools of Japanese swordsmanship in Albany, NY and Salt Lake City, UT.
When: Saturdays, 9:00 am-10:00 am; Ten weeks, April 20-June 22
Fee: $110; Non-resident $120
Instructor: Jules Shuzen Harris
SOMETHING NEW! – Moving Arts, Skill Share,
Circus Play & Spin Jam
Come and collectively practice, workshop, collaborate and/ or share your skills with others in an empowering and open-minded community. Bring or learn hooping techniques, staff work, Poi play, contact juggling & various object manipulations in a “Spin Jam” style environment. Develop hand-eye coordination to stimulate energetic balance, grace, and fluidity (so you can find your inner Ninja)!
All levels of experience are welcome to participate. Open and free to the community (although $5-20 donations are suggested to help cover costs of bringing in special guest artists to teach). Appropriate for mature youths and adults.
CALL FOR CLASSES
Do you have a great idea for a class? Are you interested in teaching? Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 610-284-1493 for more information.