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Several Wellness Classes Beginning
This Month at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 8, 2006

person doing yoga stretchEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer a number of wellness classes beginning this month, including "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga," "Belly Dancing," "Chinese 18 Postures," and "Pilates."

"Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" combines elements of Hatha yoga with traditional fitness exercises and stretching routines to provide a revitalizing, non-purist yoga workout that integrates body, mind and breath for total performance. Strength, conditioning, breathing and relaxation components are featured, as well as an introduction to yoga history and philosophy. The class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Brooke Shaw-Gardow, an instructor at Mission Accomplished Personal Training and Yoga Studio, will instruct Sessions I and II in the Hilltop Lounge; Sheri Baemmert, a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, will teach Sessions III and IV in Room 105, the Dance Studio at the McPhee Physical Education Center. Session I will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Session II will meet from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 18-Nov. 6. Session III will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and Session IV will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7. The fees for each session of "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" are $34.50 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $60 for community members.

"Pilates" is a series of movements done from a sitting, reclining, kneeling, or standing position, designed to increase strength and flexibility, release tension and relieve chronic neck and back pain. It combines elements of eastern and western disciplines, including yoga, Tai Chi, and ancient Greek and Roman exercise protocols, as well as the repatterning of movements and proper breathing techniques. The Pilates method is used in physical rehabilitation and is popular with athletes and performance artists, as well as those seeking to improve body conditioning.

Penny Karcz, STOTT certified Pilates instructor, will lead the "Pilates" classes, which will meet Tuesday and Thursdays. Session I and II will meet Sept. 19-Nov. 9, with Session I meeting from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio, and Session II meeting from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Hilltop Lounge. The fees for these sessions are $76.50 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $120 for community members. A Session III will be offered 6:15 to 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 14-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 23) in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio. The fee for this shorter session is $43 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $67.50 for community members.

"Belly Dancing" will be an introductory course in American tribal belly dance; no previous dance experience is required, although a level 2 class is offered as well. Each dancer is encouraged to abandon her worries and hesitations at the door and prepare to experience a six week session of celebrating her own body through movement and discovering the power and beauty that dancing ignites within all women. Students may be exposed to Middle Eastern, Indian, North-African, American and Eastern European styles of tribal and solo dance. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.

UW-Eau Claire senior Anna Nummelin will be the instructor for the course, with all sessions meeting in Room 105, the Dance Studio in McPhee Physical Education Center. Sessions I and II, both level 1 courses, will meet Thursdays, Sept. 21-Oct 26, with Session 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Session II from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Session III and IV will meet Nov. 2-Dec. 14, with Session III, a level 1 course, meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. and Session IV, a level 2 course, meeting from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. The fees for each session of "Belly Dancing" are $16 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $27 for community members.

"Chinese 18 Postures" (a type of Qi Gong) is a series of individual movements combined with slow deep breathing techniques which gently allow the myofascial tissues and musculoskeletal systems to open. The "opening" enhances blood flow to the tissues and increases lymph circulation (one of our major tissue detoxification systems). The result is healthier tissues, more flexible joints, decreased/elimination of joint muscle pain, improved balance, and an expanded sense of well being. Participants should wear baggy shorts or pants with an elastic waistband and flat, flexible shoes to help provide good balance.

Diane Omtvedt, nurse practitioner and certified acupuncturist, will instruct the "Chinese 18 Posture" classes, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25. Classes will meet in the Hilltop Lounge and are $26 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $43.50 for community members.

For more information, or to register, contact Vicki Funne Reed, associate director of Recreation and Sports Facilities, at 715-836-4931 or at reedvf@uwec.edu, or visit the Recreaction and Sports Facilities Web site.

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