Summer 2019 Community Education Courses

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Wellness Courses and Fitness

CRN# 60396
CFP 803-51
Mondays, June 3 – July 8
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.

CRN# 60509
CFP 819-51
Thursdays, June 6 – June 27
6-7:15 p.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.

CRN# 60805
CFP 802-51
Wednesdays, June 26 – July 31
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $65
Zumba is the most popular workout in the fitness world today. It fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program that will blow you away. Work out and achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie burning, body energizing, awe inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate. This course is taught by Karla Jaime-Benitez who has been teaching Zumba for more than seven years. Her passion for dance, fitness, and her students shows through her class teaching style and song selection. Click here to register.

Section #1:
CRN# 60270
CFP 800-51
Thursdays, June 6 – July 18 (no class 7/4)
7-8:15 p.m.
Fee: $75
Section #2:
CRN# 60271
CFP 800-52
Thursdays, July 25 – August 29
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 who 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 students. It is a diverse Dojo welcoming people regardless of race, religion, age, size, and orientation. Click here to register.

Section #1:
CRN# 60397
CFP 813-52
Wednesdays, May 22 – June 26
4-5 p.m.
Fee: $195
Section #2:
CRN# 60398
CFP 813-52
Wednesdays, July 10 – August 14
4-5 p.m.
Fee: $195
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.