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Aikido and Tai Chi for Self Defense

Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Aikido are both internal martial arts that rely on generating and controlling internal energy (qi or ki) rather than muscular strength, making internal arts an excellent choice for self-defense for smaller, older or less fit individuals. This training will allow you to control and redirect aggressive energy from assailants so their power dissipates. This permits you to defeat larger, stronger opponents by using their own strength against them. Qigong breath and movement training is fundamental to the development of centered balance and proper flow of energy. Taught by Dr. James Clark.

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Aikido for Self Defense and Fitness

Learn self-defense and improve coordination, flexibility and cardio-fitness while reducing stress. The gentle martial art of Aikido features holds and throws applied in a circular manner allowing you to protect yourself without violence. Learn while having fun in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. Dr. James Clark, MS, MPH, Sandan (3rd level black belt) has been teaching Aikido since 1974 and self-defense at UTSA for 20 years.

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Alzheimer's and Dementia: Know the 10 Signs of Early Detection

The goal of this program is to provide compelling information about Alzheimer's disease to encourage early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to identify the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and what to do next, understand what is involved in getting a diagnosis, identify risks and understand the benefits of early detection. This workshop is presented by the Alzheimer's Association.

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Alzheimer's Disease: The Holidays and Caregiving

A person in the early stage of a dementia-related disease may experience a special sense of loss during the holidays because of the changes he or she is experiencing and the implications for the future. As the disease progresses, the physical changes at home, the shifts in usual routines and the increased activity and noises at this time of year can be upsetting and may lead to unusual behaviors or emotions. This class will discuss the possible feelings of both the person with the disease and their caregiver, and tips for making the holidays easier. This workshop is presented by the Alzheimer's Association.

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Chen Tai Chi

Chen Tai Chi is the oldest style of Tai Chi among five major styles. You will learn the foundation movements of Tai Chi and basic energy development skills. You will experience Chen style's unique alternated speed and silk reeling technique to quickly enhance your balance, strength and power as well as graceful, slow and soft movements and effective mind work. Instructor, Ming Xie. No discount.

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Curvy Yoga – Yoga for the Plus Size Yogi

Size doesn’t matter in yoga. Plus size yogis, this class is for you. Anyone looking to modify and adjust to where their body is right now will benefit from Joy Bernstein’s workshop. In a safe space for every body – no judgment or negative body talk, you will enjoy a beginner’s practice of yoga. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

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Get Your Cardio On!

Let's move and groove to some of today’s and yesterday's favorite hits. Prepare to sweat as you follow fun and easy-to-learn steps that will get your heart rate up and build your endurance. This class is for beginners and you can choose your intensity level. Bring a smile to encourage, water to hydrate and wear comfy shoes for your feet. Instructor, Tammy Jones. No discount.

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Healthy Living for a Healthier You

For centuries, we have known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. Now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. In this class, the Alzheimer's Association will present research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement to help you better understand how to prevent Alzheimer's and memory loss. You will be introduced to hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

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Heartfulness Guided Relaxation and Meditation

By tuning-in to our heart, we learn to be centered in our highest self. Strengthen that connection and cultivate an inner knowing that wisely directs and guides our lives. Grow to face the challenges of life with courage and acceptance. Live by the heart and become what we are meant to be. This class provides a structured, in-person program for interested people to spend about 10 minutes to relax and 20 minutes to meditate and gradually feel the overall calmness and wellness that will positively impact your daily activities. It also opens up the possibility of feeling good about oneself, while developing healthy, harmonious and confident individuals to create a vibrant community. Instructor Naveen Chillara has been practicing meditation for 20 years and is certified by Sahaj Marg Foundation.

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Intro to Pilates on the Mat

Join us for this full body Pilates on the mat workout. You’ll learn correct form and how to use your breath to maximize your movement. We will begin with the basic exercises and build up over these eight session to intermediate moves. This class is for anyone new to Pilates and those who have experience. You will be able to work at your fitness level. This mat class will help you develop optimal posture, core strength, flexibility and overall body awareness. Bring a Pilates mat or two yoga mats for thickness. Instructor Tammy Jones has been teaching as a certified Pilates teacher for 10 years. No discount.

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Intro to Yoga

Have you wanted to learn yoga but don't know where to begin? Let Curvy Yogi Joy Bernstein take you through a six-week series in exploring mat yoga. In a slow flow practice, you will learn what feels safe and what doesn't, when to challenge yourself and when to hold back, breath work and meditation.

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Introduction to Ayurveda

During this class, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, meditation and yoga. Join Chopra Center Certified Instructor Andrea Meyer as she guides you through the three primary mind-body doshas or constitutions: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. No discount.

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Kundalini Yoga

Expand your consciousness with Kundalini Yoga! Improve your physical, emotional and mental well-being as you practice fun, yet challenging exercises. Each class will consist of different physical postures, breath work, meditations and relaxation/stress relieving techniques. Learn positive affirmation mantras and mudras (hand positions). Beautiful music will enhance your experience. You will be taught by certified, experienced teacher, Madeline Hernandez, according to your individual needs and goals. Once you try it, you will be hooked! Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel, a pillow or cushion and a water bottle to each class.

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Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Relax, de-stress, rejuvenate, heal and learn the most ancient technology for happiness in a beginner-friendly studio environment designed specifically for practicing yoga. Amrit Khalsa, certified teacher and director of Divine Yoga, with over 25 years experience will gently lead you through a variety of simple yet challenging yogic exercises, postures, mantra (sound vibration), mudras (hand positions) and breathing techniques concluding with meditation and profound relaxation. In these classes, we will balance the glandular system and emotions, strengthen the nervous system, eliminate negative bad habit patterns and improve all aspects of physical, mental and spiritual being. No discount.

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Lose the Diet and Lose the Weight

Being overweight and obese has become the norm in the U.S. This class will describe a 10 step process for losing weight in a permanent way with a discussion of the rationale and logic for this approach. This presentation will bring a positive and encouraging outlook to those who are serious about losing weight without judgment. Allusion to the scientific literature will show the evidence for this program. Carl Coppock, Ph.D. is a retired Texas A&M professor who authored the book "Lose the Diet and the Weight" which you will receive in class.

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Modified Pilates & Yoga

Do your hands and wrists hurt in downward dog? Are your lower back muscles and hamstrings tight? Maybe you need a longer warm up before starting your workout. This workout will start with large flowing movements to increase body heat, blood flow and range of motion to your joints and muscles. The warm up will be followed by modified yoga poses and Pilates exercises using a chair, yoga block and strap to help make your workout more successful. Please bring a yoga mat to class. Taught by AFAA Certified Instructor Mary Coronado.

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Move It, Lose It! - 50 lbs. Plus

This workout is especially designed for the beginner who may have 50 or more pounds to lose. It is an easy to follow, fun, low impact cardio workout with no jumping, running or getting down on the floor. It takes place in a small private gym environment and is taught by Mary Coronado. No discount.

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Natural Solutions for Thyroid Health

What's causing your low thyroid or Hashimoto's antibodies? Maybe your adrenals, teeth, diet or Leaky Gut Syndrome? Learn the right lab tests to ask for and options to synthetic hormone. Instructor Beverly Meyer has been a natural health practitioner helping others regain their health for 32 years. She's a popular Natural Health blogger and podcaster with a DVD/Video, "The Diet for Human Beings". No discount.

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Pilates & Barre

This unique workout offers a mixture of stretches created to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. This energizing workout will build your body's core muscle groups. You will strengthen your body and back muscles which are the foundation for fitness and athletics. The barre offers fat burning workout, emphasizes basic alignment and balance. Using the barre works on toning the core, arms, bottom and thighs, firms and shapes the body and improves posture. Bring a mat and towel; ballet shoes or bare feet are preferred. Instructor Tammy Jones is certified in Fletcher Pilates and by the Pilates Method Alliance. No discount.

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Pilates for Seniors

Regular exercise is important for everyone, but it may be critically important for seniors. Pilates is safe for seniors to perform. The benefits of Pilates for the more mature adults include improved stamina, strength and balance regardless of size, strength or endurance. Instructor Tammy Jones is certified in Fletcher Pilates and by the Pilates Method Alliance. No discount.

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PiYo™

Combine the core strengthening exercises of Pilates with yoga poses and experience a low impact, high intensity workout that is safe for all ages and fitness levels. Bring mat, towel and water. Joanna O'Dowd is a PiYo™ certified instructor. No discount.

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Prenatal Yoga

This class combines gentle movement and stretching, breathing exercises and meditation to strengthen your mind and body – all in preparation for one of the most physical and meaningful times in your life. No prior yoga experience necessary! Instructor Susie Reeves is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher.

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Relajación y Meditación Guiada a Conciencia

Al fortalecer nuestro corazón, aprendemos a estar centrados en nuestro ser máximo. Fortalezca esa conexión y cultive su propio saber interior que sabiamente dirige y guía a nuestras vidas. Aprenda a enfrentar los retos de la vida con valor y aceptación. Viva mediante el corazón, y conviértase en lo que estamos destinados a ser. Esta clase provee un programa estructurado, en persona para aquellos que se interesen en dedicar unos 10 minutos para relajarse y unos 20 minutos para meditar y sentir gradualmente la calma y el bienestar general lo cual impactará positivamente sus actividades cotidianas. También abre la posibilidad de sentirse bien consigo mismo, al desarrollar individuos sanos, armoniosos y seguros que forman una comunidad vibrante. Las instructoras son Gloria Zarate y Jezica Zarate.

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Tabata Bootcamp

Tabata Bootcamp is short duration, high intensity interval training. Research has shown this type of training to be a highly effective and efficient exercise program. This training is designed to fit a 30-minute format with a 15 minute cool down and stretch to end the session. Gone is the excuse that you don’t have time to exercise! If you want to increase your fitness level and lose some unwanted pounds this class is for you! Come and join us for a fun filled challenging workout to help you reach your fitness goals. Please bring a mat, hand towel and water to class. Instructor Deborah Bui is an ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer and a certified Tabata Bootcamp Instructor. No discount.

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Tai Chi Chuan for Beginners

Tai Chi has been described as meditation in motion. Have fun, relax and experience various QiGong exercises and the Yang 24-movement short form. You will also learn how the movements of the form can be applied to self-defense, although that will not be a major focus of the course. Dr. James Clark, instructor.

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Tai Chi Level 1

The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles and improve health. Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi. Instructor, Ming Xie, has been training and teaching Tai Chi for over 25 years. No discount.

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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

This workshop, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. You will be provided with the answers to the many questions you may have about the diagnosis of the disease, causes and risk factors, as well as treatment options. There will also be discussions on the benefits of early detection and the stages of Alzheimer's disease. Join us as we learn more about the symptoms and effects of the different types of dementia.

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Therapeutic Yoga

Learn the eight limbs of classical yoga based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Practice the 26 original asanas to improve muscle tone, flexibility, alignment, balance and concentration. The exercises will include relaxation routines, mindfulness, energy centers (Chakras) and gland activation. The importance of human experience, perceptions, thought process, feelings, emotions and actions (Karma) will be emphasized. Nurturing the inner spirit, the golden core and the essence of one's being in order to set out the unique life-journey will be reinforced. Modifications will be provided to accommodate your limitations. Interactive guided practice will benefit beginners as well as experienced yoga practictioners. Bring a yoga mat or towel, wear comfortable workout attire and plan to exercise in bare feet. Instructor Darshan Singh is a retired school and clinical psychologist who has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. No discount.

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Three Secrets to Wellness

Feeling fabulous and enjoying life, that is what we all hope for as we go forward in our lives. But being busy and taking care of others can make our lives so stressful that we are barely surviving each day. Come learn about a better lifestyle! A lifestyle of wellness and enjoyment. Add these three secrets to your life and you will be in a much better place for a long and fulfilled life! Instructor Julie Little is a Health and Wellness Coach who has a Master’s in Education and her certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. The Alzheimer's Association will help you learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease.

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Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to brush up on your practice, this four week series will help you start or continue your yoga journey. This all levels class will provide fundamental poses that build strength, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness from pose to pose. You will leave refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the rest of your week! Please bring a water bottle and yoga mat to each class. Instructor Carissa Munoz is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

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Water Exercise - Deep Water

This high intensity, no-impact workout, held in the indoor Walker Pool, focuses on cardiovascular conditioning muscle toning and overall body strength. Bring your own aquatic belt, water weights or gloves. No swimming skills required. Water temperature remains constant to 78- 82 degrees. Purchase a punch card that will allow you the flexibility to attend the classes that work with your schedule. Punch cards may only be used by the purchaser. Punch cards issued July 18 through December will expire December 14, 2017. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for entire or partially used cards. You must bring your punch card with you to each class in order to participate. Don't forget: You can purchase a punch card and start class at any time during the semester. The punch card system allows you to make your own schedule so you can come and go to class as you please.

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Water Exercise - Shallow Water

This exercise class held in the indoor Walker Pool is low impact, moderate intensity and a lot of fun. Tone up with this well-balanced workout that blends water exercise and strength training. Bring either noodle or belt/weights to class. Aquatic exercise shoes are highly recommended because you will be in shallow water (3-4 ft). Water temperature remains constant to 78- 82 degrees. Purchase a punch card that will allow you the flexibility to attend the classes that work with your schedule. Punch cards issued July 18 through December will expire December 14, 2017. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for entire or partially used cards. You must bring your punch card with you to each class in order to participate. Don't forget: You can purchase a punch card and start class at any time during the semester. The punch card system allows you to make your own schedule so you can come and go to class as you please.

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Water Exercise 10 Session Punch Card

Purchase a punch card that will allow you the flexibility to attend the classes that work with your schedule. Punch cards may only be used by the purchaser. Punch cards issued July 18 through December will expire December 14, 2017. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for entire or partially used cards. You must bring your punch card with you to each class in order to participate. Don't forget: You can purchase a punch card and start class at any time during the semester. The punch card system allows you to make your own schedule so you can come and go to class as you please.

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Water Exercise 20 Session Punch Card

Purchase a punch card that will allow you the flexibility to attend the classes that work with your schedule. Punch cards may only be used by the purchaser. Punch cards issued July 18 through December will expire December 14, 2017. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for entire or partially used cards. You must bring your punch card with you to each class in order to participate. Don't forget: You can purchase a punch card and start class at any time during the semester. The punch card system allows you to make your own schedule so you can come and go to class as you please.

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Yoga for Seniors

Stretch, breathe and relax in this wonderful class designed specifically for seniors. You will strengthen your physical body, learn easy meditations and enjoy doing Kundalini Yoga with licensed instructor Madeline Hernandez. All postures are offered with modifications for your own individual needs and goals. You may sit in a chair or bring a cushion. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to each class.

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