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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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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 is Tim Kitterman.

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Discover Ayurveda

Come and learn about Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, and how to bring this ancient wisdom into your daily life. Learn about the doshas and your unique constitution. Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom to help you live a healthy and balanced life. This class includes a dosha quiz. Instructor Andrea Meyer is Chopra Center Certified.

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Essential Oils for Moms and Moms-to-be

Are you a mom or an expecting mom and love essential oils, but don't necessarily know how to use them? This is the class for you. During this three-class series you will cover the use, application and safety of essential oils. You will learn which oils should never be taken internally, which oils should not be used with infants, which oils can assist or cause problems for the breastfeeding mother and more. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class and will include teaching materials and sample oils. Your instructor is Kathy Parkes, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kathy has studied and used essential oils for the past ten years.

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Fall Detox - The Secret to Autumn Thriving

Why fall 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. Transform the energy of summer into something that will fuel and nourish you during the change of seasons. 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. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class which includes a 7-day detox plan and detox tea.

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Fit for 50

An easy to follow old school workout using your favorite low-impact moves (v-step, grapevine, step touch, heel digs, etc.) for cardio without running or jumping. Resistance bands will train all major muscle groups for strength and toning. Bring a mat for floor/core work. Instructor, Mary Coronado. No discount.

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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 simple Ayurvedic lifestyle practices to help you achieve and maintain vibrant health, appropriate weight and optimized digestion. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class which includes a mind-body constitution quiz, team and aromatic spice blend.

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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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How to Beat Stress

Do you suffer from stress in your life? Whether it’s at work, home or anywhere else, stress damages our lives as well as our health. If you think there’s such a thing as “good stress” this class is not for you. This is for people who are tired of suffering from stress and realize everything they’ve done up till now hasn’t worked. Come find out what works. 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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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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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 is Tim Kitterman.

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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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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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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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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 July 17, 2018 through December will expire December 13, 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 July 17, 2018 through December will expire December 13, 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 July 17, 2018 through December will expire December 13, 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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