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UW-Eau Claire to Offer
Fall Wellness Classes


 MAILED:  Sept. 10, 2004

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

Diane J. Omtvedt, nurse practitioner and certified state licensed acupuncturist, will instruct the "Chinese 18 Postures" classes, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 22 and ending Oct. 27. Classes will meet in Room 106 of McPhee Physical Education Center and are $25 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $40 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; 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.

Jenny Peterson, registered nurse, will instruct the "Feel Better Fitness" classes, which will meet from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 20 and ending Nov. 22. Classes will meet in the Hilltop Lounge at the Hilltop Recreation Center and are $45 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $75 for community members.

"Feel Better Fitness" blends Yoga, T'ai Chi and today's state-of-the-art exercise methods, combining stretches and exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, strength and breathing. "Feel Better Fitness" incorporates short routines done primarily in a seated position.

Kim Landry-Ayres, owner of Mission Accomplished Personal Training and Yoga Studio and registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, and Sheri Baemmert, registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and a yoga instructor at Mission Accomplished, will instruct the "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" classes. The classes are available at four times. Participants can meet with Landry-Ayres from 5 to 6 p.m. or from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 21 and ending Nov. 9. Classes will be in the Hibbard Penthouse of Hibbard Hall. Participants can meet with Baemmert from 5 to 6 p.m. or from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 23 and ending Nov. 11. Classes will meet in Room 106 of McPhee Physical Education Center. The prices are $32 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $55 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 yoga mat to all classes and wear loose, comfortable and layered clothing.

Penny Skerhutt, STOTT certified instructor and owner of Penny's Pilates in Eau Claire and St. Paul, Minn., will lead the "Pilates" classes, which are available at two times. Participants can meet 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 21 and ending Nov. 11. Classes will be held in the McPhee Dance Studio and are $70 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $110 for community members. Participants can also meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 23 and ending Nov. 11. Classes will be in the Hilltop Lounge at the Hilltop Recreation Center and are $35 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $55 for community members.

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

Participants should bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of music and theatre arts, will lead the "Alexander Technique" class from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The class is $10 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $14 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 reedvf@uwec.edu.

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Updated: September 10, 2004