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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 and Caregiver Stress

Are you so overwhelmed taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being? If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk. This class will discuss the ten symptoms of caregiver stress, as well as ten ways to be a healthy caregiver. This class is presented by the Alzheimer's Association.

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Alzheimer's Disease: Legal and Financial Planning

This class will help you understand the legal and financial issues that may impact those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Learn how to make important decisions regarding money and legal documents and ways to put legal and financial plans in place. This workshop is presented by the Alzheimer's Association.

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BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag (of Makeup)!

Bring your personal bag of makeup that you use daily and learn a "day to evening" look with what you already have on hand. You will learn a "modern classic" look with soft smoky eyes, natural flushed cheeks and light lip. Then, you will learn how to up the look into evening with darker, smokier eyes and color on lips. Professional Makeup Artist Amanda McManus will have extra makeup and brushes on hand for this fun and creative opportunity to learn a new look.

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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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Conquer Harmful Anger

Do you get angry easily? Maybe you don’t express the anger outwardly, but you know it’s there. Anger is such a destructive emotion, first to yourself and then to others around you. Everyone can be nice when circumstances are good, but as soon as we are surprised by something we don’t like, there is anger again, taking over and ruining our lives. Learn what really works. You can’t beat the price, (it’s free!) but you can beat anger. Instructor Tim Kitterman has a master's degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and co-founded the non-profit organization, Success Without Stress.

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Dementia and Effective Communication Strategies

As people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. The Alzheimer's Association will help you explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's. You will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

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Do I Need to Eat Gluten Free?

This class is a call to explore the correlation between the food we eat and our health status. Instructor Oyin Ajala will shed a light on healthy eating, focusing on the gluten free diet and who should eat gluten free. She will also discuss the management of the Celiac disease with food. This class will be highly beneficial to the whole family and close associates of people with gluten intolerance, Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivity. A food fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class for a gluten free breakfast. Oyin Ajala is the owner of Wholesome Eating LLC and holds M.B.A. and M.S.N. degrees.

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Food is Medicine

Explore how to choose the most nourishing foods for your mind-body type. Chopra Center Certified Instructor Andrea Meyer will show you the simple Ayurvedic lifestyle practices to help you achieve and maintain vibrant health, appropriate weight and optimized digestion. No discount.

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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 Curvy Yoga

Curvy yoga isn’t a level of practice but a supportive environment to practice yoga poses with every body. We will explore modifications in beginner poses and will learn about being mindful of our thoughts and becoming aware of where we are with the body we have. Please bring your own yoga mat, two 4" yoga blocks and a thick bath towel or yoga blanket and enjoy the ride with instructor Joy Love Bernstein.

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Intro to Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga Instructor Joy Love Bernstein created this class to introduce you to a practice of beginning yoga poses. Class will vary from gentle to beginners practice. It will be slower paced and will focus on exploring foundational poses. Please bring your own yoga mat, two 4" yoga blocks, and a thick bath towel or yoga blanket and let's enjoy this ride.

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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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Living Peacefully in a Stressful World

This two-night course will help people learn essential life skills to understand it is possible to be stressed without being angry and productively use stress to effectively process change in everyday life. Key exercises will be covered to self-evaluate stress from a behavioral and emotional perspective. Achieving alternate responses to negative stress will be a process for change in three areas: the way you think, the way you feel and the way you act in any stressful situation. This course is approved for CEU credits for LPC’s, LCDC’s and LMFT professionals as well as CPE credits for professional educators. A $6 workbook fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. CEU and CPE credits are an additional $5 per hour payable at the first class to the instructor. Certified anger management facilitators Shelly Power and Jay Burchfield with Life Skills for Living are the instructors. Sign up for this class and bring a friend for half the price. Online registration is not available for special 50% off pricing. Please call (210) 407-0140, option 3 to enroll.

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Living Peacefully in an Angry World

This two-night course provides an in-depth study and essential life skills for effectively understanding and managing anger in everyday life. Specific techniques/tools to reduce negative anger responses facilitate peaceful and productive communication will also be presented. This course provides five hours of anger management certification for LPC, LCDC, LMSW and LMFT professionals. A $6 workbook fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. CEU credit is an additional $5 per hour payable at the first class to the instructor. Certified anger management facilitators Shelly Power and Jay Burchfield with Life Skills for Living are the instructors. Sign up for this class and bring a friend for half the price. Online registration is not available for special 50% off pricing. Please call (210) 407-0140, option 3 to enroll.

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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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Pause & Play: Mindfulness & Connecting to Joy

Play is not just for kids! Adults benefit from connecting to the present moment and soaking in the goodness that life has to offer. In this three hour workshop, participants will be guided through a series of exercises and activities that are designed to regulate the nervous system and engage the inner child. Join us as we engage our senses and have fun! Enjoy bubbles, music, games and much more! A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Instructor Carrie Edmond, is a NEISD Counselor, Mindful School curriculum instructor and has her M.A. in counseling.

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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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PiYo® - GFit Studios

No weights, no jumps, no straining your joints! This beginners to intermediate workout uses your body weight and fluid, low-impact, high-intensity movements inspired by Pilates and yoga. You will work all muscle groups to stabilize, stretch and strengthen your total body. Please bring a yoga mat to each class. Taught by certified PiYo® instructor Mary Coronado.

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Practical Exercises for Inner Harmony

Are problems constantly weighing you down? Do you want to be free of the heaviness? Make life fun again with practical exercises for inner harmony. Start using them immediately and learn how to command life’s problems instead of getting beat up by them. You can’t beat the price of this class, (it’s free!) but you can beat your problems. Instructor Tim Kitterman has a master's degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and co-founded the non-profit organization, Success Without Stress.

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Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a natural healing practice where psychology meets yoga. You will experience a systematic relaxation practice that can improve your muscle tone and flexibility, and breathing to oxygenate your entire body. Your endocrine system will be activated to energize you and uplift your spirit and mood. Clarity of thought can lead to rational behavior too. Accommodations are made for physical limitations. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat, towel, water and be ready to practice 50+ asanas in bare feet. Instructor Darshan Singh is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

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Spring Detox - Feel Better, Look Better, Be Better

Why spring detoxification? Why choose foods according to the season? Learn how to restore and rejuvenate your health. Learn how to cleanse your body of accumulated toxins and get ready for the new season. Andrea Meyer, Chopra Center Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Educator will guide you through Ayurvedic cleansing practices that will help bring clarity and renewed energy into your life. This workshop includes a 7-day detox plan and detox tea. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Stop Being Afraid

Most people are afraid of public speaking. Are you? Are you afraid of expressing your ideas or speaking up around strangers? Fear wrecks everything, but you can use your fear to end it. This one-hour class begins on the topic of public speaking, but can be applied to your entire life. You can’t beat the price of this class (it’s free), but you can beat your fear. Are you tired of being afraid? The only thing you’ve got to lose is your fear. Instructor Tim Kitterman has a master's degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and co-founded the non-profit organization, Success Without Stress.

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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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Water Exercise - Deep Water

This high intensity, no-impact workout, held in the indoor Davis 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 January through April will expire April 12, 2018. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for 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 January through April will expire April 12, 2018. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for 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 January through April will expire April 12, 2018. All punch card sales are final. No refunds will be issued for 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 instructor Patty Blatchley. 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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