Exercise & Movement

Telesis Classes Summer/Fall 2014

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

Kettle Ball Workout

Tai Chi

Advanced Tai Chi

Beginning Tai Chi

Yoga Mix


Wednesdays, August 6 – 27

Discover how one kettle ball can help develop your strength and power as well as your cardiovascular endurance. You’ll learn five workouts: two for upper body, two for lower body and one for the entire body. Each workout is adjusted for your abilities with modifications made to suit your needs. Learn and master training techniques on a weekly basis with a certified instructor using the Alverno College Fitness Center.

Instructor: Neila M. Bond, BA, Wellness Specialist Alverno College, Certified AFAA Personal Trainer and Certified Venice Nutrition Coach

5:30 – 6:00 p.m./Limit 10/$29


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14 Tuesdays, September 16 – December 16

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 art form exercises both the mind and the body together, allowing students to open up and learn about how to function with less effort. Students will learn balance, flexibility, mindfulness skills, and a deeper connection with the body. Some of the history, philosophy, and defense applications will also be addressed.

Instructor: Robert Thoreau, Licensed Clinical Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Martial Arts Instructor, MSW, ACSW, BCS, SAC, LCSW

7:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 15/$130



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14 Tuesdays, September 16 – December 16

This class requires knowledge of the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. Students will continue refining their movements and awareness of internal energy, and will learn the various self-defense applications for the movements. This will enhance visualization ability and intent for energy flow, and will build a deeper understanding of the meaning and application of the various postures.

Instructor: Robert Thoreau, Licensed Clinical Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor, Martial Arts Instructor, MSW, ACSW, BCS, SAC, LCSW

6:30 – 7:30 p.m./Limit 15/$130



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13 Wednesdays, September 17 – December 17 (no class November 26)
13 Thursdays, September 18 – December 18 (no class November 27)

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 technique to learn poses at beginning levels and move to more challenges based on skill. The outcome is to increase strength, stamina, and flexibility, to relieve stress and increase individual abilities. References to the background and history of yoga are integrated into the focus of the class and to deepen understanding. Themes for fall include: form, alignment, imagery, resilience, inner flame, and the “Happiness Factor.” One student noted, “I like the mood of the class. People are serious about doing yoga, but relaxed and accepting, taking their cues from [the instructor]. There's 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, Artistic Director of Carter Productions

THL-226-01: September 17 – December 17 (no class November 26)
6:30 – 7:40 p.m./Limit 18/$138
THL-226-02: September 18 – December 18 (no class November 27)
6:15 – 7:25 p.m./Limit 18/$138



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12 Mondays, September 22 – December 8

This class is perfect for those who are new to yoga and for those who would like to refresh their yoga practice.  We will explore the eight complementary aspects of Raja Yoga or “the Royal Path” for self-transformation.  After learning simple preparations and limbering movements we will progress into beginning level postures. The physical practice is done in a slow and meditative style as we cultivate awareness of how the mind, body, and prana—or life energy—move synergistically. We will explore the ten attitudes to help us develop harmonious relationships with others and with ourselves. We will learn breathing practices for mental calmness and clarity, relaxation practices for wellbeing, and meditation which will help the student become more self -aware, joyful, and creative in daily life.

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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