All About "U" Series
Practical Self Defense
Are you prepared to defend yourself if someone were to threaten your well-being? Can you get out of a potentially harmful situation quickly? If you answered no to either of these questions or want to be better prepared to defend yourself, this class is for you. Learn practical movements through hands-on application that will teach individuals where and how to strike, how to maintain breathing, how to get rid of panic, and to be better aware as well as how to extricate yourself if someone grabs you. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Would you like to feel peace and transform your perception of yourself and the world? Then this meditation class is for you! Meditation has many benefits; it helps us regain our natural balance as well as it’s simple and easy to do and the rewards are wonderful: relaxation, peace of mind, and insight into your inner self. In this interactive seminar, you will learn the various forms of meditation, practice relaxation, and creative visualization to gain insight into your inner self. Additionally, participants will understand the mind/body/spirit connection and heal your life through personal transformation as well as discover ways to train the mind and quiet mind chatter during meditation.
Seed to Salad
Everyone can have a green thumb! Learn how to improve your soil, gardening skills, and plants as well as preserve your harvest. Additionally, participants will make and take home an herb infused vinegar. Participants are asked to bring the following to class: a notebook and something to write with; all other materials will be provided.
Would you like to learn how our actions and movements can be expressions of prayer? During this uplifting seminar, participants will learn ways to express active recognition of the Presence of God through Prayer, including some of the techniques of prayer and movement the instructor personally uses in her spiritual practice. Participants have the option to experience this session sitting or if you prefer, participants can bring a yoga mat or towel to class.
Care and Feeding the Spiritual Soul
Just as our bodies need to be fed and nurtured, so does our soul or our spiritual side. In this class, we will discuss ways to feed the soul, regardless of where you are on your spiritual path. Learn about spiritual practices which can include mindfulness, inspiration, quieting, etc. that enhance the soul and help you connect further with your spiritual self.
Tibetan Chair Massage
Tibetan chair massage is a therapy that incorporates gentle movement and promotes self-healing. This interactive, hands-on class will guide participants through the steps of Tibetan chair massage. Participants will be given a demonstration and explanation of each movement in detail as well as practice the techniques shown. Tibetan massage has many benefits including: promotes relaxation, assists with meditation, increases flexibility and movement, and enhances body functioning. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Ladies DIY: Electrical Wiring
It’s another very special DIY class just for the ladies! This introductory class is tailored to those who wish to gain an understanding of the electrical wiring in their home. Is there an outlet or light switch that needs to be replaced? Should you fix it yourself or call an electrician? Discover the answers to these questions and more. Participants learn how to rewire an old lamp, learn the steps to follow for installing a ceiling fan, and learn about the tools needed with hands-on instruction and participation. Participants can bring the following to class: a lamp or light fixture with damaged cord or wiring that may either be repaired in class or at home, once participants learn how to make repairs.
Ladies DIY: Tile Installation
This is a class for developing a beginner's understanding of installing wall and floor tile, including: ceramic, glass, or porcelain. Participants taking this class will learn how to determine the amount of tile needed for your project, how to lay out the area before starting, as well as what to do to prepare for your project. Students will have hands-on instruction with tools of the trade in cutting, laying, and grouting tile. What a great addition to the Ladies Night DIY series! Participants are asked to bring the following to class: notebook and something to write with along with project questions and ideas.
Art, Adventure, Social and History
More Swedish Just for Fun
Have you always wanted to study Swedish culture and customs, and how to speak Swedish? Take this class where you'll combine exploring Swedish culture with learning the basics of this language giving you the recipe for a great class! This is an intro Swedish language course that will incorporate many aspects of Sweden such as its history, culture, customs, and contemporary society.
Health & Well Being
My Personal Yoga
This style of yoga adapts to you and to your individual needs. It is very gentle as it stretches and strengthens your entire body, allowing both mind and body to reach deep relaxation. The poses learned build strength, flexibility, and balance and the breathing techniques will increase lung capacity. No previous yoga experience is required, and anyone (regardless of physical condition) can take and benefit from this class. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a blanket and/or a mat to class. No class on 11/21.
Conclude your week by releasing pent up stress while experiencing gentle and restorative yoga. Learn deep relaxation through especially mild yoga poses and breathing practices. Participants will learn easy, gentle techniques that will enable them to calm mind and body. These classes are intended for those who want to let go of stress, and require no previous experience with yoga. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a blanket and/or a mat to class. No class on 11/23.
Wake Up Yoga
Let go of weekday stress and get ready for your weekend! Balance your life and your body to feel great. Learn poses and breathing techniques that energize you while helping you to relax as well. A great first step on the road to fitness, this class will stretch and strengthen our bodies and calm our minds. No previous yoga experience is required, and anyone (regardless of physical condition) can benefit from this class. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket and/or a mat to class. No class on 11/24.
Beginning Tai Chi
This introductory class, which focuses on Yang Tai Chi, involves learning about the five elements which include breathing, movement, awareness exercises, meditation, and self-defense techniques. Additionally participants will learn movement styles which stretch and tone muscles. Tai Chi has widespread health benefits which include: stress reduction; increased balance, control, fitness and flexibility; a better focus; and higher energy levels. Over time, this class allows participants to gain the fundamental skills to move in to Tai Chi: The Next Level.
Tai Chi: The Next Level
Building upon the skills learned in the Beginning Tai Chi course, this class continues the Yang Tai Chi style which incorporates both slow movements and secondary forms with a faster pace. Additionally, it allows participants to gain a more in-depth understanding of how the body and mind work together to create balance and harmony. The benefits include: a better outlook on life, better communication, better physical balance, and increased enlightenment and harmony. No class on 11/22.
Traditional White Crane Kung Fu
White Crane Kung Fu is a Northern Chinese martial art which is practiced throughout the world. This class is based on a combination of physical fitness, stretching, and traditional martial arts movements. Kung Fu is considered a non-aggressive defensive art. Individuals taking this may see the following benefits: feel secure and safe from a martial arts perspective, better physical fitness, increased ability to stretch, and better outlook on life.
POUND® is a group fitness class that combines cardio, strength training, and Pilates with drumming to achieve a full-body workout. Participants can expect to burn 500-900 calories per class! Using Ripstix®, weighted drumsticks designed specifically for exercising , POUND® was designed to transform drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out that targets your core muscle groups. POUND® is a unisex class with each song being completely modifiable for all skill and ability levels. POUND® effectively relieves stress, breaks boundaries, and transforms bodies. Class materials needed: Yoga mat, water bottle, towel and comfortable workout clothes. *Ripstix® will be provided by the instructor. No class Nov. 23.
Pound - Pay As You Go
Description above, but attend class as you are able. $7 walk in price per person. Class materials needed: Yoga mat, water bottle, towel and comfortable workout clothes. *Ripstix® will be provided by the instructor. No class Nov. 23.
Be a part of the fastest growing fitness program in the country and take Zumba™. It's exercise in disguise! Zumba™ is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness program that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements, which create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness program. It gives participants a full-body workout, targeting areas such as gluteals, legs, arms, core, abdominals and the most important muscle in the body; the heart. Come join the fun! Wear comfortable clothes, athletic footwear, and bring water to class. No class Nov. 23.
The Art of Social Dancing: Beginning
Put some fun in your life – try dancing! Take this class where participants will learn general techniques and practical applications of dancing, as well as learn leading and following techniques. Class will feature two types of dance: a basic ballroom, slow tempo dance such as the Foxtrot and medium tempo dances such as Swing, Jitterbug, Cha Cha, and Rumba. No dance experience necessary. To ensure that everyone has a dance partner, registrations must be in groups of two. Wear comfortable, snug fitting shoes with a smooth bottom. Price listed is per person.
Special Occasion Dancing
Do you have a wedding, anniversary, birthday or other special occasion coming up where you’d like to show off your dance skills? If so, take this class where participants will learn general techniques and practical applications of dancing, as well as learn leading and following techniques. Class will feature four types of dance: polka, waltz, electric slide, and the stroll. Make any occasion a special occasion for dancing! No dance experience necessary. To ensure that everyone has a dance partner, registrations must be in groups of two. Wear comfortable, snug fitting shoes with a smooth bottom. Price listed is per person.
Exercises for Easing Pain and Restoring Flexibility & Health
Take this class where participants will do an in-depth series of simple body movements and fundamental exercises designed to relieve chronically tightened muscles and restore flexibility, movement, and health. Starting with the low back and gradually working through the hips, neck, and shoulders, you will have an opportunity to release habitual tensions; reduce body pain; and improve your posture, breathing, and walking. Learn a short 5-10 minute daily routine to help you release pain and stress for the rest of your life. Please dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel to class.
Healing Shoulders: Exercises for Restoring Strength & Flexibility
Take this class where participants will learn a series of simple movements designed to relieve chronically tightened shoulder muscles and restore flexibility, movement, and health to the shoulders. You will have an opportunity to release habitual tensions, reduce shoulder pain, and improve your arm movement. Learn a short five-minute daily routine to help release pain and stress from the shoulders for the rest of your life. Please dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel to class.
DMV Points Insurance Reduction/5-Hour Prelicensing Course
Points/Insurance Reduction Courses
The Point/Insurance Reduction Program, offered through the National Traffic Safety Institute and approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles, offers participants a way to reduce driver record violation points and/or insurance premiums. Saturday and daytime classes have a 1/2 hour lunch on your own. Please bring your driver’s license to class. Note: Students must arrive at this class promptly by 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. If you are late, you will not be admitted. We strictly adhere to this policy. This applies to every JCC location.
5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course
This is the five-hour NYS Department of Motor Vehicles’ pre-licensing course for students who are in the process of applying for their NYS motor vehicle license. You must bring your photo permit to class. Special Note: Please arrive by 4 pm. for check-in and paperwork process.