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Senior Association - Senior Exercise Programs

Exercise Classes

For more information or to register for any of the classes below, please call 202-364-7602 or click here to register online through our event calendar.

Total Body Workout with Carolyn

Wednesdays and Fridays at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW. This class is a full-body workout that incorporates light weights and floor work with a mat.

The new session runs January 8 through March 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., MMUMC. Cost: $90 for one day per week. $170 for two days per week. If you forget your weights or mat, Carolyn has extra.  

Strength & Balance with Tonya

Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW. January 7 through March 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MMUMC.

PLEASE NOTE: No class February 13, 18, 20 and March 25. $90 for one day per week, $170 for two days per week. No mat work. 

Seated Strength & Balance with Tonya

This class is a full-body workout while seated. Good for people who have limited mobility, neuropathy or a difficult time with floor work or standing for long periods of time. People with differing abilities are welcome. Meets January 8 through March 26, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MUMC), 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW.

PLEASE NOTE: No classes on February 12 and 19. Cost is $180. 

Feldenkrais: Mind – Body Connection

Teacher Peggi Honig aims to help reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function and to promote general well-being by increasing students’ awareness of themselves and by expanding students’ movement repertoire (R. Strauch) by using the Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement ® method.

January 9 – March 20, 11 a.m. –Noon, Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD. Cost:: $150. 

Beginning and Intermediate Tai Chi Chung with Jeffrey Robbins

The ancient  Chinese art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of a busy lifestyle and improve health.  Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body.  Research has shown that Tai Chi practice improves stress  management while increasing flexibility, strength, agility, and balance.  Practiced for millennia in the Far East, Tai Chi is now practiced widely in the West as well.

Wednesdays, January 29 through April 16, Noon – 1 p.m., Tai Chi veterans welcome to register late. Beginners would benefit from starting at the beginning of a class. Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD. Cost: $125

Qigong with Jeffrey Robbins

Qigong (pronounced "chee gung").  Unlike Tai Chi, which is a martial art, Qigong focuses strictly on maintaining good health and preventing and treating many chronic ailments, such as nervousness, muscle strain, high blood pressure, and poor circulation.  Qigong concentrates on areas such as: body structure, such as correct spine alignment; meditation, to calm the mind and relax the body; and correct breathing, to ensure proper oxygen intake and expulsion of toxins.  This gentle, enjoyable exercise continues to help thousands of people turn back the clock and literally stay "on their feet."

Tuesdays, January 28 through April 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD. Cost: $125. 

Body Awakening with Jeffrey Robbins

Body Awakening focuses on nourishing the chi or energy in the body, thereby building strength and increasing flexibility.  These slow, non-impact movements are easy to learn as they improve respiratory and balance functions of the body, as well as the calming and improving your mental concentration.  Movements taught include breathing/meditation (Qigong/Chi Kung), stretching and strengthening movements (Myung Sang), and an introduction to Tai Chi.  In the second half-hour, movements are customized for the individual student’s needs and goals.  The exercises in the Body Awakening class are more challenging physically than those in Tai Chi or Qigong.

Wednesdays, January 29 through April 16, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD. Cost: $125.

Move, Learn, Create: A Dance Class

The class will include ballet and modern dance movements, and may also include Broadway jazz and social dances such as the waltz and tango.  The class is designed to meet the needs of people  with a wide range of physical abilities, including those who use walkers and wheelchairs.  No dance experience is required, and family, friends and caregivers are also welcome.  

Meets Wednesdays, January 15—March 19, 11 a.m.—noon, Silbey Renaissance Building, Conference Room 1, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW.  Cost:  $120.  

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