If you are looking for fitness activities to keep you motivated in-between gym visits Nashville Community Education have 15 fitness activities for you to get involved in.
Our classes range from traditional work-outs such as the Senior Fitness, Tai Chi and Ku Fung to some fun classes to empower you to get fit and have fun such as Clogging, Qigong Movement, English Country Dancing, and Fencing. If you prefer to take your work-outs steady we have three yoga classes Beginning Hatha Yoga I and II and Gentle Vinyasa Yoga.
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Beginning Hatha Yoga I
This is a yoga class for the beginning student. Join us to relax, strengthen and soften. In this series, students will build through categories of poses, sound breath work and simple meditation tools to provide them with the foundation for a soothing and stabilizing home practice or entry into a studio. Instructions are given for modifications and adjustments to meet you where you are.
Beginning Hatha Yoga II
This class provides students a space to move into a deeper yoga practice in asana (postures), pranayama (control of life force), mantra (chants) and meditation. This class is recommended for students who have participated in Beginning Hatha Yoga 1 or any beginning yoga experience.
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
Each week the instructor will lead class through postures that promote a mind-to-body connection. Students will be invited to build strength and improve flexibility while learning techniques to calm the mind. Classes will consist of a mix of easy flows (vinyasa style) and long holds (restorative style) that all ages, body types, and abilities can approach.
Kung Fu & Self-Defense
This class will begin with a cardio kickboxing style workout to help build endurance utilizing kung fu strikes and kicks. Partner drills will follow to learn effective techniques that can help one survive an attack. Participants will also use strike pads to develop proper technique and effectiveness. The course will also consist of examining situations and scenarios, so participants can be aware and prepared. The course will be challenging, fun, and beneficial.
Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements (Mayo Clinic). With regular practice this series will help you acquire better health and wellness, internal energy, and the ability to manage stress.
Qigong (chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese technique used for health and well-being. This class will focus on healing and revitalizing body, mind and spirit through exercises that involve gentle, flowing movements, mental focus, and breathing techniques. Regular qigong practice can help to improve balance, mental focus, digestion, healthy sleep patterns and mental wellness.
In this course, students learn basic movements and tactics: footwork, distance, attack, parry-riposte, attacks on blade, and taking the blade. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. All equipment is provided.
This class provides students with technique sessions to develop higher skills in fencing. Students must bring their own equipment.
This course teaches advanced technique and preparation for tournament competition for students who have completed Intermediate Fencing. Students must bring their own equipment.
An introduction to backpacking that covers essential knowledge, gear selection, techniques, safety, planning, and advice on standard backpacking trips as well as thru-hikes at popular destinations.
Learn the coordination, timing, flexibility, agility, and balance required to play the game of badminton. Learn badminton techniques and strategies to build skills, and meet regularly with a group of players.
Have fun and get fit in this exercise class specifically geared toward seniors! Students will use a chair as “home base” moving through a series of warm ups, aerobic work, strengthening work and a cool down. Students should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes, shoes that tie and bring a water bottle to each class.
Beginning Clogging & Flatfooting
Appalachian percussive dance is a blend of Irish, West African, and Native American Indian dances and has close ties to Appalachian old-time music. Old-time string band music played on fiddle, claw-hammer banjo and guitar is considered dance music and often you will find people flatfooting or clogging at a square dance. We will explore clogging and flatfooting, learn how to create our own steps, and how to improvise to music. No previous experience necessary.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a team of dancers? This is the class for you. It is recommended, but not required, that you know clogging basics. We will be focusing on choreography that combines square dance figures with basic clogging steps. It’ll be a fun, joyous activity done to hard driving old-time music and by the end of the class you’ll have experienced what it was like to dance in unison on a team! All ages & levels welcome.
English Country Dancing
Dating back to the 17th century, English Country Dancing is the stately ancestor of contra and square dancing. It can be playful and energetic or elegant and leisurely. This is a great opportunity for beginners and experienced dancers. Come alone or bring a friend!