Yoga – Qigong – Tai Chi

Yoga 

Yoga is a practice that combines exercise, breath and meditation to help you achieve increased flexibility and strength, as well as enhanced relaxation and centeredness.  New to Yoga?  We recommend you start with a gentle or beginner’s class.

Mondays – Beginner Yoga Class w/ Heidi MacEwen | 6:45 – 8:00 PM

Thursdays – Beginner Yoga Class w/ Cheryl Whalen | 5:45 – 7:00 PM

Fridays – Beginner Yoga Class w/ Cheryl Whalen | 10:45 AM – 12 noon

Tai Chi / Qigong 

This class will draw from ancient traditions and make it relevant to modern life – focusing on healing, growth, opening, connecting, working towards embodied wholeness and relaxation, while feeling grounded and centered. Tai Chi forms are also taught in this class. This gentle practice of physical conditioning is an exquisite choreography of flowing standing postures. Tai Chi fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate movements foster sound body and mind, boosts the immune system and creates a more focused and relaxed state of mind. Beginners – no experience required! Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Check our calendar for the next class.

Cost ~ $10 or 6-weeks for $50

Wednesdays – Beginner Class w/ Michelle Grassi | 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday Workshops ~ TBA

Chakra Dance

Move over Zumba there’s a NEW Chakra Dance in town! A unique take on dance using Instrumental Modern Pop Music combined very tastefully with a mix of Ballet, Jazz, Modern Dance addressing specific Isolations & Breath focused into the Chakras. Chakra Dance your way back to your authentic Self with Julie and friends! Julie Anne Homans has 30 years Plus Dance Teaching experience and has been a Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist for 15 years as well. Charaka Dance allows us a chance to bring our attention back to our bodies by helping us reconnect our Body/ Mind connection. During Charaka Dance we will also release blockages in our Seven Major Charka Systems by grounding, centering, focusing on Breath, movement and bringing POSITIVE ENERGY back to our bodies so we can more easily promote self love, and healing. Julie has designed this program being mindful of the Beginner as well as one with no dance experience. This class will eventually lead into an Intermediate class and onto the advanced level of Chakra Dance.

Chakra Dance Summer Special* ~ *4-week Class Series for $30 or $10 Drop-in if available ~ Limited Space – Registration Recommended!

starts Sunday, May 21st – Beginner Class w/ Julie Anne Homans | 10-11 AM 

There are many different types of Yoga however Yoga for beginners appears to be the most popular in this establishment. The Yoga poses are minimally challenging and the Yoga benefits are amazing including increased flexibility, stress reduction, injury rehab, core strengthening and even Yoga weight loss. Other forms of gentle movement are Tai Chi exercise and Qigong exercises. Anyone can learn Tai Chi or Qigong and the Tai Chi moves and Qigong techniques are slow and graceful so Qigong and Tai Chi for beginners are very easy. Tai Chi benefits and Qigong benefits are design for optimum health. The history of Tai Chi is that it was created as a martial art form. The Qigong repetition helps with Qigong meditation. Both Tai Chi and Qigong breathing are very important. Another fun class is Belly Dancing. Belly Dancing history is rooted in Asia and the Belly Dancing music and Belly Dancing clothes are Middle Eastern. Belly Dancing steps are entertaining and Belly Dancing benefits are numerous including Belly Dancing weight loss. (Currently Belly Dancing is not being offered @ AWC.)  We also offer other holistic alternative therapies to clients in the Chicopee and Greater Springfield area of Western Mass, including Hampshire and Hampden Counties, as well as Northern Connecticut. 

To contact us or schedule an appointment call (413) 592-2828

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