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Wellness: Body, Mind & Spirit


Ask the Professionals: An Aging in Place Panel Discussion

This course will be an interactive guided discussion with experts in the field of aging on topics of importance when proactively planning for the future. As baby boomers age, it is important to take steps early to have a plan in place should health care or housing needs change or life events force decisions to be made quickly. Thoughtful planning and follow through can help avoid a crisis. This course is designed to present a list of options, considerations, and professional services available to help you put a plan in place to be ready to implement if needed. Topics will cover the benefits and care costs of remaining in the home and services available should you decide to downsize and relocate. Learn the differences in housing options and costs between continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, and small residential homes for modest incomes. There will be an overview on Medicaid, veteran's benefits and legal planning. One person registers in advance, a family member may register in class and attend at no cost. Moderator Deborah Bakalich is a member of Senior Care Lifestyles, a true “one-stop” senior care resource service.

Tuition: $49 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Oct 10-Oct 17 6:30PM-8:30PM Gateway Campus XE-589 6495 #0840
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Connections: Mind, Body Health

Everyday stress can result in emotional pain and physical ailment.

Sharon Burns, RN,BSN,MA, Holistic Practitioner, will teach you self-healing techniques based on the 7 major energy points in our bodies called Chakras. These energy centers are responsible for maintaining the health of specific organs and bodily functions.

You will become aware of how energy is changed positively or negatively by your thoughts, and how to treat and remove physical pain from your body just using your hands. Explore this proactive way for feeling your best.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Sep 22 9:30AM-11:30AM Hickory Ridge XE-442 6514 #8065
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Gentle Yoga and Breath Awareness
Gentle yoga is designed for those who want to experience yoga in a gentle way, being conscious partners with the body to stretch, strengthen, and balance our bodies and our lives. Breath is used to enhance our experience of being mindful, awake, and aware. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket to class. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 30-Sep 08 10:30AM-12:30PM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-432 6477 #3679
No class Sep 1
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Gentle Yoga and Relaxation *NEW*
In a stress-filled world, our health and well-being depend on being able to relax right here in the very midst of life. This class will explore deep relaxation of the body and mind through breathing exercises, yoga stretches, discussion of lifestyle factors, meditation and relaxation including Yoga
Nidra. Returning to the natural state of the human body, relaxed, is one of life’s great jobs. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Tuition: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Dec 08 10:30AM-12:30PM Health Sciences Building XE-405 6339 #3207
No class Nov 24
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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation works by helping the practitioner achieve a better understanding of what is happening right now—whether positive, negative, or neutral—not what they want to happen or what think they should be happening. Recognizing that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health, you will learn techniques to reduce stress and stress-related disorders. The class will consist of a presentation, opportunity to participate in guided meditation and time for discussion, questions, and answers. Instructor Jerry Hartman is a graduate of the certificate program of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, located in Washington, D.C.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 22 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-119 6399 #0796
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Meditation and Holiday Stress Relief

Family reunions, outings with friends, parties, presents and food–the period from Thanksgiving to New Years is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. For all too many of us, the stress generated during the holidays makes it a time to dread rather than a time to to eagerly anticipate. Explore stress, gratitude, generosity, and expectations and ways to create happiness and relief during the season.

No previous meditation experience required. Instructor Jerry Hartman

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Nov 17 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-422 6491 #3267
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Meditation, Yoga and the Practice of Compassion

Learning to meditate or to do a yoga pose skillfully is a doorway to compassion. Our own lives, our loved ones, and our experiences offer the greatest opportunities for compassion to arise. As we deepen our practice, we come to heal ourselves and our world. Instructor: Helen Heffer.

Tuition: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Dec 08 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building XE-268 6487 #0803
No class Nov 24
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Mental Health First Aid
This course, approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is designed for allied health professionals, educators, civic leaders, and community members to learn about the initial help that can be given to a person in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors) or showing symptoms of mental illness, until appropriate professional or other help (including peer and family support) can be engaged. Review the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the associated emotional and economic cost. Label the potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. Compose a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care. Identify resources available to help someone with a mental health problem. Upon successful completion, students will earn a Mental Health First Aider certificate. Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years.
Tuition: $90 (includes $40 in fees)
Sat Aug 11 9AM-5PM Health Sciences Building XH-460 7056 #0156
Sat Nov 03 9AM-5PM Health Sciences Building XH-460 7023 #3593
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Mindfulness of the Body

Of the four foundations of mindfulness, the first and foremost is mindfulness of the body. From infancy, you unconsciously learn to interpret everything that happens in your life as pleasant or unpleasant based on how it is experienced through your five senses. As you mature, the mind becomes the primary interpreter of experiences and overcomes the senses. Join instructor Jerry Hartman for a half day of meditation, short talks, and group discussions that will increase awareness of your body. No previous meditation experience required.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Oct 20 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-462 J1601 #3136
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Nia The Technique: In Movement We Find Strength

Combining dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life–body, mind, and soul. You can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance your individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging your senses and listening to your body. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes—body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Wear comfortable clothing and bring soft-soled slippers if you choose not to go barefoot. Instructor: Claudia Salomon

Tuition: $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Dec 08 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-261 6492 #0802
No class Sep 29, Oct 6, & Nov 24
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The word qigong literally means skill or cultivation of vital energy (qi). Traditional Chinese medicine believes that good health is the result of a free-flowing, well-balanced qi (bioenergy) system, while sickness, pain or physical disorders are the result of qi blockage, or unbalanced qi in the body. Qigong practice helps to balance the qi system in the body and break the qi blockages to recover health. It helps you develop a more relaxed, harmonious state of mind and body; reduce stress; resist illness; and heighten sensitivity to your body’s internal organs along with developing an energetic ability to regulate your own health and vitality. You will focus on body posture adjustment and gentle movement, mind-focused relaxation, and breath regulation practice. Instructor: David Foulk.

Tuition: $109** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Nov 17 8:30AM-9:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 110 XE-435 6515 #0822
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Summer Yoga Posture Clinic

Use your summer energy to move the body and learn a series of 30+ yoga postures that open body, mind, emotions, energy, and spirit. Through breathwork and postures of alignment, balance, strengthening, stretching, and relaxation, we open to our wholeness. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket to class. Instructor: Helen Heffer.

Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 30-Sep 08 8:30AM-10:30AM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-962 6867 #9748
No class Sep 1
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T’ai Chi Introduction

Discover t’ai chi, a form of active meditation that promotes calming, centering, and self-control. Instructor David Foulk introduces you to this practice of meditation and physical exercise, consisting of carefully coordinated, slow, natural movements proven to strengthen your body and mind. When the chi flows in a balanced fashion, you enjoy better physical and emotional health, increased longevity and inner peace. 

Tuition: $109** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 15-Nov 17 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 110 XE-843 6496 #0851
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Yoga and the Art of Cultivating Presence *NEW*
We will explore two aspects of Presence: living in the present moment and the Presence that is within us and within all things. When we are in this state of Presence, there is inner stillness and peace. Yoga postures, breathing, relaxation, and mediation invite us to cultivate and live in this state of
Presence. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Instructor: H. Heffer. Optional reading: Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now: a Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment or Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. (T)
Tuition: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Sep 13-Dec 06 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building XE-206 6518 #3733
No class Nov 22
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Yoga for Pain Relief *NEW*

How do you maintain an active lifestyle, keep your body healthy, and manage pain and injuries ?

Join Tim Newton, DPT, and yoga instructor Maura Conley as they team up to offer a unique blend of eastern and western traditions that combine osteopathic practices and yoga. Each class will focus on a different region of the body, with the first hour covering the common muscle imbalances that, over time, can cause pain and injury and continued imbalances.

Learn the exercises/habits/poses you can utilize to reverse or prevent the imbalance. The second class hour will consist of yoga poses and sequences specifically tailored to that region of the body, allowing for a total therapeutic approach to prevent or avoid future concerns. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat to class. Instructors: Tim Newton & Maura Conley.

Tuition: $109 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sun Sep 30-Oct 21 9AM-11AM Health Sciences Building 164 XE-341 6520 #4122
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Yoga for Peace and Well-Being
In our busy, stress-filled, and challenging lives, there is a longing to return to our natural state, the state of peace and well-being. Using yoga postures, breath work, relaxation and meditation, we will take time to reconnect with the strength and energy in our bodies, the calm and focus of the mind, the self-acceptance and kindness of the heart, and the inner wisdom and deep stillness of spirit. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Jun 28-Aug 30 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-727 6478 #0100
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Yoga Unpacked! *NEW*

The new course is designed for both novice and experienced yoga students seeking to understand the fundamentals and experience the benefits of a personal yoga practice. Yoga pose fundamentals including synchronizing breath with movement, optimal alignment, core strengthening, flexibility
and balance will be explored and students will create a personalized yoga sequence for regular home practice.

Poses will be adapted for individual abilities. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Instructor: Maura Conley.

Tuition: $129** (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri Sep 14-Nov 16 9:30AM-11AM Health Sciences Building 164 XE-452 6373 #3272
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