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in Lifelong Learning

Essentrics® Morning Boost and Rebalance Section 1

$30

with Wendy Lessard

Calendar Jan 5, 2022 at 6:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

This is a live, online class

A recorded session can be emailed upon request from the Instructor.

These gentle, expansive movement routines activate, rebalance all the muscles and connective tissue in your body while lubricating your joints, waking up your mind while increasing body awareness. It develops efficiency and effectiveness as well as support brain-body and/or prepping your body for harder training or peak performance at your job or in your personal life.

Recommended props: Exercise/yoga mat, strap/band, blocks/risers/telephone book, chair recommended. Bare feet recommended 

Instructor Bio: Wendy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Level 3 Certified Essentrics instructor, and has held National Board Certifications in Massage and Teaching. She has a lifelong interest in movement, fitness and health. She strongly believes in helping others find the tools needed to transform their fitness, health and resiliency.

Essentrics® Toning Session 1

$50

with Wendy Lessard

Calendar Jan 7, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

Essentrics® workouts move the body through a chain of specific full body movements, designed to strengthen and release the full musculature and joint systems of our bodies, building a toned, flexible, balanced, pain-free body. Diverse music, breathing, and imagery help motivate the movements while triggering brain-body connections to increase the effectiveness of the workouts. No impact and no weight beyond our own body weight; good for all ages and fitness levels; used by professional and causal athletes to Olympians to improve performance and work out stiffness and soreness. Age backwards, grow stronger and re-shape your body.

Exercise mat, strap/band. Blocks/risers/telephone book, chair recommended as well as bare feet. This is a live, online class. A recording of the class can be emailed upon request from Instructor.

Aging Backwards with Essentrics® Section 1

$40

with Wendy Lessard

Calendar Jan 7, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 5 weeks

This is a live, online class.

A recorded class can be emailed upon request from Instructor.

This age reversing workout is designed to restore movement in your joints, flexibility in your muscles, relieve pain, and stimulate your cells to increase energy, vibrancy and strength in your immune system. It is a slow paced, no impact, full body workout that improves body awareness and helps increase mobility while using our own body weight. We use music, imagery, breathing and techniques meant to stimulate the connection and effectiveness of the brain-body relationship.

Recommended props: Exercise/yoga mat, strap/band, blocks/risers/telephone book, chair recommended. Bare feet recommended 

Instructor Bio: Wendy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Level 3 Certified Essentrics instructor, and has held National Board Certifications in Massage and Teaching. She has a lifelong interest in movement, fitness and health. She strongly believes in helping others find the tools needed to transform their fitness, health and resiliency.

Barre Bootcamp Section 1

$49

with Jenna Chase

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6:15 am, runs for 6 weeks

Barre Bootcamp is a low impact workout that will produce a big burn! Barre combines elements of strength training, Pilates/Yoga and dance. Small movements and many reps will help sculpt and tone muscles you didn’t even know you had!

This class is offered virtually through Zoom. Equipment that will be used include: a chair or countertop or something to hold onto, light hand weights, versa loop, gliding disks for hardwood floors (or use socks or face cloth) for carpet floors (or use paper plate), bender ball (or equivalent). These sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for one-week after each class.

Tai Chi Essentials (seated) Section 1

$29

with Louise Poppema

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Relieve stress, increase flexibility, and improve your balance. Develop awareness of your internal energy. Deepen and strengthen your awareness in each session you take. Class structure will be 30 minutes of seated instruction and 15 minutes of Q&A. Wear comfortable clothing. No previous Tai Chi experience required.

This is a live, online Zoom class.

Relaxation and Stress Reduction with Hatha Yoga Session 1

$59

with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Michelle will guide you in a sequence that calms the nervous system along with stretching the body and clearing the mind. Breathing techniques, short meditation and positive affirmations will end the practice.

Supplies needed: Yoga Mat, rug, towel, blanket, pillow, computer/tablet/smarphone to attend class via Zoom.

No class 2/22/22.

Chair Yoga Section 1

$59

with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Jan 20, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 7 weeks

This morning class practiced in a chair offers mind and body benefits without having to get up and down off the floor or even changing into Yoga clothes. Chair Yoga can be practiced at home or at the office to calm the mind for focus and concentration and warm up the body for an energetic day.

No class Feb. 24.

Pumped Up Strength Section 1

$49

with Jenna Chase

Calendar Jan 21, 2022 at 6:15 am, runs for 6 weeks

Welcome to a new approach to resistance training! Utilizing combination movement patterns in a targeted, rhythmic progression. Its superpower is the dynamic integration of upper and lower body movements set to fun music. The result? A sweat-drenched, functionally efficient workout that will challenge your body in new ways, improve lean muscle mass, and rev your metabolism. You will want a set of hand weights anywhere from 5lbs-15lbs.


This is a live, online class on Friday mornings. Recordings will be available to registrants for one week after each class.





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