Are you one of the many who resolved to eat better and get more exercise in 2012? Bristol Public Library wants to help you. Starting in February, we’ll be promoting community health and fitness by offering free fitness classes including laughter yoga, Nia, Qigong, and Zumba as well as several healthy eating workshops.
If you’ve ever thought about trying Zumba or yoga, but didn’t want to commit to a gym, or you think you’d like more fitness in your life, but aren’t sure how to start, then come to Bristol Public Library! You don’t have to be trim or bendy to participate in any of these free programs — just enthusiastic and willing to try something new!
Zumba: Saturday, February 18 @ 2
Zumba Fitness® is a Latin inspired dance and fitness program blending music and lively steps to form a “fitness-party.” You can dance your way to health and happiness modifying the moves to suit your needs. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Donna Trotman, a professional Zumba instructor, will present the class.
Qigong: Saturday, March 3 @ 10
Qigong helps to maintain overall health and wellness by integrating physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused attention. The gentle and rhythmic movements of Qigong can reduce stress, build stamina, and increase vitality. Join us for an easy and relaxing way to better health! Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring a towel or yoga mat. This introductory class is led by Chung Yueh-Ching of Heights of Wellness, Hartford.
Laughter Yoga, Saturday, March 10 @ 2
Laughter Yoga is a playful form of exercise that combines components such as deep breathing, clapping, and laughter. It helps unwind the negative effects of stress, strengthen the immune system, and makes you feel good, empowered and energetic. You don’t need to have prior yoga experience to learn laughter yoga! Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Lois Grasso of the Oxygenesis Institute, Hartford, will present this class. This class is funded by a grant from The Friends of the Bristol Public Library.
Nia: Saturday, March 17 @ 10
Are you looking for a fitness class that gives you a blend of dance, aerobics, martial arts and yoga focusing on the joy of movement? Come experience Nia! Nia’s many benefits include developing grace, power and muscle tone plus improving posture, balance and stability. Practicing Nia is beneficial for all ages and levels of health and will help you with relaxation and stress reduction. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Elizabeth Simpson of the Yoga Center of Collinsville will lead this class.
All classes are absolutely free and are open to all Bristol adults and teens. Shy? Bring a friend!
(But what about the healthy eating workshops, you say? Information will be posted soon!)