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Wellness Courses and Fitness

KRIPALU YOGA FOR BEGINNERS   
CRN# 60509   
CFP 819-51   
Saturdays   
June 9-30   
9-10:30 a.m.

Fee: $55
This is a calming, stress-relieving beginner yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body gradually. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and the body. Asanas will be introduced and practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and detail. This course is taught by Mary Clare O’Connor, owner of Yoga Bliss on the Blvd. in Schenectady, who has been studying yoga on and off the mat for close to a decade and earned her 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teachers Certification in July 2011. Click here to register.


CHAKRA AND SUBTLE BODY YOGA
CRN# 60511
CFP 820-51
Saturday, June 16
1-3 p.m.

Fee: $25
This course will be taught at Yoga Bliss, located at 140 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, N.Y., 12305.
In this workshop, students will delve into the energetic systems of the human being. The course will begin with the premise that as humans we are energetic beings living in a variety of energetic fields. Students will explore a basic seven Chakra System in relation to the Koshas, the subtle bodies also knows as five layers of being. The workshop will be both an intellectual and embodied approach to understanding energy. Time will consist of lecture, discussion, breath work (pranayama), movement (asana), sound (nada yoga) and meditation. Students should come in on a light stomach, dressed comfortably and with a journal or notebook. This course is taught by Mary Clare O’Connor, owner of Yoga Bliss on the Blvd. in Schenectady. She has been studying yoga on and off the mat for close to a decade and earned her 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teachers Certification in July 2011. Click here to register.


YOGA PHILOSOPHY 101
CRN# 60512   
CFP 821-51   
Thursdays, June 7-28  
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $75
Sri Patanjali Maharishi presented the Yoga Sutras, the ancient teachings of Yoga, in a systematic way for his students. The Sutras are combinations of words threaded together, aphoristic in nature to be studied, discussed, meditated upon and incorporated into daily life. In this course, students will learn about the Yoga Sutras, using the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Stri Swami Satchidananda as a reference. Along with lecture and discussion, students will practice pranayama (breath work) and meditation. This course is taught by Mary Clare O’Connor, owner of Yoga Bliss on the Blvd. in Schenectady. She has been studying yoga on and off the mat for a decade and earned her 200 hour Kripalu Yoga Teachers Certification in July 2011. Click here to register.


INTRO TO HORSEBACK RIDING FOR ADULTS
Section #1
CRN# 60397
CFP 813-51
Wednesdays, May 23 – June 27
4-5 p.m.

Fee: $185

Section #2
CRN# 60398
CFP 813-52
Wednesdays, July 11 – August 15
4-5 p.m.

Fee: $185
This course will be taught at the New Horizons Stables, located at 586 Pearse Road, Schenectady, N.Y., 12309.
Students, ages 16 years and older, will have an opportunity to take introductory level riding lessons that allow them to bond with their horse and focus on proper technique and safety. Riders will be grouped according to riding ability with no experience necessary. Students are asked to wear boots or shoes with a heel, appropriate riding attire such as jeans or comfortable pants and no loose clothing. Riding helmets will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own. Students will ride in one of the Capital District’s largest indoor arenas - the New Horizons Stables. Class size is limited. Click here to register.


AIKIDO FOR ADULTS AND TEENS
Section #1
CRN# 60270
CFP 800-51
Thursdays
June 7 – July 12
7-8:15 p.m.

Fee: $75

Section #2
CRN# 60271   
CFP 800-52   
Thursdays   
July 13 – August 17   
7-8:15 p.m.

Fee: $75
This course will be taught at the YWCA, located at 44 Washington Ave., Schenectady, N.Y., 12305.
Students, ages 14 and older, will practice Hombu style Aikido, which strengthens the body, mind and spirit. Aikido uses blending and redirecting techniques, Jujutsu joint locks and boxing elements that keep this martial art applicable for all individuals. Aikido promotes self-defense, flexibility, strength building and coordination. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. This course is taught by Yamakawa Dojo’s Head Instructor, Suzanne Rancourt. Ms. Rancourt is Sandan AUSKF, Nidan Kano Aiki, and Nidan (U.S. Aikido Federation) with 18 + years of teaching and training experience. Sensei Rancourt is a USMC and USA veteran and teaches the course in accordance with the United States Aikido Federation. Yamakawa Dojo continues to use Aikido and Iaido in a holistic (MBSR) manner supporting PTSD and special needs of the students. It is a diverse Dojo welcoming people regardless of race, religion, age, size, and orientation. Click here to register.


INTRO TO IAIDO
Section #1
CRN# 60396  
CFP 803-51
Mondays
June 4 – July 9
5:30-6:45 p.m.

Fee: $75

Section #2
CRN# 60502
CFP 803-52
Mondays
July 16 – August 20
5:30-6:45 p.m.

Fee: $75
This course will be taught at the YWCA, located at 44 Washington Ave., Schenectady, N.Y., 12305.
Students, ages 18 and older, will learn about and practice Iaido, a modern non-combative physical and mental discipline based on the proficient use of the traditional Japanese (Samurai) sword. Students will hone their martial acuity through Zanshin (a state of awareness – of relaxed alertness.) Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. This course is taught by Suzanne Rancourt, a 3rd degree black belt and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and the United States Army, who has 18+ years of teaching and training experience. Click here to register.

INTRO TO WING CHUN KUNG FU
CRN#60621   
CFP 828-51   
Wednesdays   
June 13-27   
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $50
Learn the style Bruce Lee started with! Wing Chun Kung Fu is a close-range combat system that favors speed and sensitivity over strength. Students will learn about the principles behind the system such as centerline theory and economy of motion, first form and how the techniques can be applied on the streets; and Chi Sao, Wing Chun’s version of sparring. By the end of this course you will understand why it is called “a practical system of self-defense.” This course is taught by Steve Grogan, who has been training in this system since 1995. Mr. Grogan has taught Wing Chun at Hudson Valley Community College and other community education programs.  Click here to register.