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UW-Eau Claire Wellness Classes
Offered During Spring Semester

 MAILED:  Jan. 15 2004

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer “Chinese 18 Postures,” “Mind and Body Fitness Yoga,” “Pilates” and “Alexander Technique” classes throughout the spring 2004 semester.

Diane Omtvedt, nurse practitioner and certified acupuncturist, will instruct the “Chinese 18 Postures” classes, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 11 and ending March 17. Classes will meet in Room 106 of McPhee Physical Education Center and are $23 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $38 for community members.

“Chinese 18 Postures” employs a series of gentle stretching and breathing postures that will help to resolve and avoid stiffness and achy muscles. There will be no on-the-floor work, as all eighteen postures are standing postures.

Participants should wear baggy shorts or pants with an elastic waistband and flat, flexible shoes to help provide good balance.

Sheri Baemmert, registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and a yoga instructor at Mission Accomplished Personal Training and Yoga Studio, will instruct the “Mind and Body Fitness Yoga” classes, which are available at two times. Participants can meet from 5 to 6 p.m. or from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 2, 9, 16, 30; and April 6. Classes will be in the Hibbard Penthouse of Hibbard Hall and are $30 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $45 for community members.

“Mind and Body Fitness Yoga” combines elements of Hatha yoga with traditional fitness exercises and stretching routines to provide a revitalizing workout that integrates body, mind and breath for total performance.

Participants should bring a blanket and pillow(s), and should wear loose, comfortable and layered clothing.

Penny Crochiere-Skerhutt, STOTT certified instructor and owner of Penny’s Pilates in Eau Claire and St. Paul, Minn., will lead the “Pilates” classes, which will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 12, 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 15, 22, 29; and May 1, 15, 22 and 29. Classes will be in the Hilltop Lounge at the Hilltop Recreation Center and are $45 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff only.

Pilates is a method of finding balance in the body through stabilizing the core muscles. Pilates promotes increased flexibility and wellness.

Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of music and theatre arts, will lead the “Alexander Technique” class from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Choral Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The class is $8 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $12 for community members.

The Alexander Technique is designed to detect patterns of tension from everyday activities like sitting, standing and walking and turn them into patterns of ease. Comfortable clothing is suggested, but business casual attire is acceptable.

For more information, or to register, contact Vicki Funne Reed, associate director of intramural sports, at (715) 836-4931 or at


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Updated: January 15, 2004