Continuing Education: Exercise & Movement

Telesis Classes Summer 2013

Pursue your physical wellness goals through classes focused on strengthening and toning the body through tai chi and yoga. Look for additional movement opportunities in Healthful Living.
Image of yoga student. Used in 2012 Spring Telesis catalog.

Qi Xing Dui Da (Seven Star Joint Practice)

Tai Chi Chuan II & III

Yoga Mix

YogaYou Can Take it With You

You Kick Like A Girl: Self Defense and Self-Empowerment


11 Tuesdays, June 18 – August 27

This class for beginning or continuing students features a martial art form from the Shaolin curriculum, and is an excellent medium for mind and body exercise. Qi Xing Dui Da is a two-person form which will initially be taught as a solo form—first with side A, then side B. Once the form is completed students will work together with one performing side A and the other side B in response to each other. This will reinforce a sense of timing, distance and application of the technique while remaining relaxed and centered.

Instructor: Robert Thoreau, Licensed Clinical Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Instructor of Oriental Health Discipline, MSW, ACSW, BCS, SAC, LCSW

7:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit: 15/$104

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11 Tuesdays, June 18 – August 27

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient form of Chinese exercise, which consists of a choreographed form of movement performed in a deliberate, but very slow and gentle fashion. This class continues the Tai Chi form of the previous Fall and Spring sessions; participants must have taken prior classes to participate. The form will be completed and we will refine the external movements while beginning to increase awareness of the multi-faceted internal processes at play.

Instructor: Robert Thoreau, Licensed Clinical Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Instructor of Oriental Health Discipline, MSW, ACSW, BCS, SAC, LCSW

6:30 – 7:30 p.m./Limit: 15/$104

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10 Wednesdays, June 12 – August 21 (no class July 3)

NEW for Summer Yoga Mix Only: Punch Cards!

Yoga Mix á la Carte is a creative and fun approach to Hatha Yoga. Asanas will be taught with a sense of flow, strength and motion. Emphasis on form, alignment and knowledge of the body are included.  Experience with yoga will be important. The class will use a progressive technique moving to more challenging positions based on skill. Students will be encouraged to advance their practice and understanding of the yoga poses.

Instructor: Susanne Carter, BA Dance, MS Education, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), AFAA Trained Yoga and Pilates Instructor

6:15 – 7:25 p.m./Limit: 18/$12 per class (minimum of 5 classes must be purchased in advance; no on-site payments will be taken by the instructor)
Punch card will be sent with confirmation. Walk-ins not accepted.

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3 Mondays, July 8
– 22

This is a great class for those who travel, work at a computer or have a sedentary job! Learn ways to relax, stay flexible and keep the energy in the body flowing. Easy stretches and movements will be demonstrated. Participate according to your own ability while coordinating breathing, body and the mind for a harmonizing effect. This class is taught in the Prana Vidya style which builds awareness of the Prana (life energy) in the body and its simultaneous effects on the mind. The class is suitable for the beginner as well as those with yoga experience. Dress comfortably; bring a mat and a small cushion/pillow.

Instructor: Ellen Lata Massa, MS, teacher at the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center, Yoga practitioner for over 30 years

6:30 – 8:00 p.m./Limit 12/$52

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Self Defense and Self-Empowerment
Thursday, August 15

The words “strong” and “feminine” are usually on two sides of the same coin. A woman in today’s society can feel she is left to choose one side or the other. This class will explore and create a merging of these two words through self-defense and self-empowerment. No previous martial arts experience is needed; this class will partner aspects such as strong and assertive speech, body language and communication with physical techniques from Americanized Tae Kwon Do and other forms of martial arts. You will understand basic self-defense methods for women of all ages and master tools for keeping yourself safe and assertive while connecting with your inner strength.

Instructor: Genesee Spridco, MA, Instructor in Dance and Theater Department, Alverno College; 3rd Degree Black Belt, Americanized Tae Kwon Do

6:30 – 9:00 p.m./Limit 20/$32 

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