Many thanks to those who helped make the Family Y’s first-ever Holistic Health Day a success!
Held on Saturday, May 18, the 4-hour event attracted dozens of Y members and others interested in learning more about the Y’s “holistic” fitness classes and activities that aim to keep the “whole you” functioning properly, healthily, and happily.
To continue our goal to help Y members follow an approach to life that focuses on complete body health, our Wellness Center offers an array of holistic fitness classes throughout the year. Summer Session classes start the week of June 24; see below for descriptions of some of our holistic offerings.
But why wait? The Family Y is offering an Intro to Tai Chi group fitness class on the first three Saturdays in June, from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Tai chi, is a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
To register for the classes, to be held June 1, 8 and 15, please click here. The cost to Y members is $30.For more information, please contact Shelley Moll, Health & Wellness Director, 203-226-8981 x198 or email@example.com.
To view the Family Y’s ongoing schedule of group-fitness classes, please click here; below are brief descriptions of some of our ongoing holistic classes:
Ashtanga Yoga – A classic style of yoga that links breath and movement. Strengthen your body and calm your mind.
Balance and Stretch – Awaken your muscle memory, and prevent falls that may lead to injury or immobility.
Gentle Yoga – Explore your posture, breathing, and learn how to help yourself relax.
Hatha Yoga – Through physical poses and deep breathing you’ll learn body awareness, strength, and flexibility.
Kripalu Gentle Yoga – Using longer poses and moving meditation, you will learn emotional and spiritual growth.
Kundalini Yoga – Works the entire nervous and glandular systems with a strengthening aspect for physical health.
MELT and Stretch – Erase pain and tension in your hands, feet and lower back brought on by stress, overuse and age
Pilates – Strengthen your major muscle groups, improve your body alignment, and increase your flexibility.
Qigong – A self healing technique that generates a healthy flow of qi throughout the body. No experience necessary.
Restorative Yoga – Use props to minimize exertion to move from a tense state to relaxation
Vinyasa Yoga – A faster paced class. Poses are linked in a series of movements that are tied to your breath.
And that’s just the start of it! The Family Y offers over 70 fitness and wellness classes for all levels and abilities. From Step to Zumba, Yoga to Pilates, Spinning and Body Conditioning there is a class for everyone. Our other specialty classes, including Feldenkrais, TRX and Kettlebell, are also very popular. All of the Y’s group-fitness classes are led by trained certified instructors to help you stay motivated and have fun. For more information, please visit www.westporty.org.