Exercise & Movement

Telesis Classes Winter/Spring 2015

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.


Gentle Yoga


Tai Chi

Advanced Tai Chi

Beginning Tai Chi

Yoga Mix




12 Mondays, February 23 – May 18 (no class April 6)

This class is perfect for those who are new to yoga and for those who would like to refresh their yoga practice.  We’ll explore the eight “limbs” of Raja Yoga also known as Ashtanga Yoga for self-transformation. There will be a weekly introduction to the 10 attitudes—the yamas and niyamas—for cultivating harmonious relationships with others and with ourselves. We‘ll address the body using massage and limbering movements before progressing to beginning level poses. The physical practice is done in a meditative style, with the movements flowing with the breathing to enhance the flow of prana, or life energy. Relaxation and meditation practices from the Himalayan tradition will support deeper self-awareness and inspire us to be more joyful and creative in our everyday life. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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 15/$147




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Continuing Practice
17 Tuesdays, January 27 – May 19           

The choreographed form of the Long Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan will continue from Fall semester. Students will learn dynamic alignment, body mechanics, relaxation, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness skills. Background history, stories, philosophy, spiritual aspects, improving meditation, and applications of the postures in this form will be addressed. Students must have taken a beginning Tai Chi Chuan class.

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/$144



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17 Tuesdays, January 27 – May 19

This advanced class requires that students have already learned the Long Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan. Students will continue to refine their form with mindfulness skills focusing on various internal aspects of the practice now that the external form is in place. Various images will be incorporated to facilitate the refinement of practice. We will also do some training in Tui Shou, two-person sensitivity exercises geared toward learning how to neutralize an incoming force or energy. This moves one’s sensitivity from one’s own energy to that of a training partner.

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/$144



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8 Wednesdays, January 21 – March 11
8 Thursdays,
January 22 – March 12
8 Wednesdays, March 25 – May 13
8 Thursdays, March 26 – May 14

Yoga Mix combines the practice of asanas (poses), with pranayama (breathing), a good sense of humor, and a dash of creativity! The class will use a progressive approach to poses starting at beginning levels and moving to greater challenges. The outcome is to increase strength, stamina, and flexibility as each student deepens their practice and abilities. You will learn to center the body and mind, ground the body’s energy, relieve stress, and enhance understanding of yoga. Learning to use poses for functional and health related issues compliments continued study. The mood of the class is inclusive, to come together as a group and to develop a caring feeling among members. The class is open to students of all fitness levels. Experience with Hatha Yoga can be helpful, but not required.

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

THL-226-01: January 21 – March 11
6:30 – 7:40 p.m./Limit 18/$94
THL-226-02: January 22 – March 12
6:15 – 7:25 p.m./Limit 18/$94
THL-226-03: March 25 – May 13
6:30 – 7:40 p.m./Limit 18/$94
THL-226-04: March 26 – May 14
6:15 – 7:25 p.m./Limit 18/$94



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Saturday, February 21

Embrace winter with this introduction to the wonderful adventure of snowshoeing. Designed for people who want to get a taste of snowshoeing, the class will include selection and use of proper equipment, conditioning, where to go, as well as how to use those tennis rackets on your feet. No prior experience needed; whether you’re a walker, hiker, or runner—everyone is welcome. A limited number of aluminum as well as traditional wooden snowshoes will be available for use, but if you have your own snowshoes, bring them along. Class will be offered even if there is no snow; we will simply grass-shoe instead! 

Instructor: Ray Scolavino, Adjunct Professor, Alverno College

1:00 – 3:00 p.m./Limit 10/$34 



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