Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center

Mind & Body Classes

iStock_000016265906XSmallKundalini Gentle Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a style of yoga that is at least 5,000 years old.  B.J.’s gentle and practical teaching style focuses on developing the breath to release stress and rejuvenate the body, as well as moving at the individual’s pace and energy level.  While releasing stress, flexibility, strength, and stamina are also improved.  Kundalini Yoga works to improve the function of many “systems” of the body; the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, circulatory system, and more.  A strong meditative component teaches how to focus the mind on what is important, and to let go of the things that are not so important, creating inner strength and steadiness.

  • Tuesdays: 5:45 – 7:00 PM or 7:15 – 8:30 PM
  • May 12 – June 30
  • July 7 – September 1 (No Class July 21)
  • $75 Paid in Advance, $80 Paid Day of
  • Instructor: B.J. McNeillie
  • Online Registration

fit mature woman yoga pose on beachKundalini Yoga with Dan

Awaken the body, mind, and spirit in this challenging, fun, and nurturing class.  Rather than achieving a “perfect” posture, focus on achieving the correct alignment for your body, being present with the breath, and finding a calm vitality.  This class will help develop flexibility, strength, lung capacity, and stress tolerance.  Learn breathing techniques to give mastery over moods, daytime energy, and a peaceful night’s sleep.

Meditation is an integral part of Kundalini Yoga.  Research shows that Kundalini techniques are especially effective in affecting the brain in a positive way, by improving memory and cognition, awakening awareness, lifting your mood, and assisting the healing process.  Kundalini Yoga meditations can bring fast, powerful, and positive change.

This class is suitable for beginners or experienced students.

  • Mondays: 6:30 – 7:45 PM
  • April 20 – June 15 (No Class May 25)
  • June 22 – August 17 (No Class August 10)
  • $75 Paid in Advance, $80 Paid Day of
  • Instructor: Dan Coma
  • Online Registration

morning meditationMindfulness Meditation

The intention of this program is to introduce the basic model of mindfulness, and to explore ways of applying it both professionally and personally.  This program is a first step on the path to integrating practical, mindfulness based stress reduction skills into your everyday life.  Program participants will engage in a range of mindfulness practices and exercises intended to tap their innate capacity to learn how to increase mind-body awareness, identify and reduce stress, gain new coping skills to manage stress, and be more responsive and less reactive in the midst of complex and highly charged situations.

 

  • Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • March 4 – April 22
  •  $75 Paid in Advance, $80 Paid Day of
  • Instructor: Joshua David O’Brien
  • Online Registration

Pilates – Let’s Start at the Beginning

Joe Pilates created his approach to living, which he called Contrology, as a response to the “very rapidly progressing world with its ever-increasing faster tempo of living demands” of the early and mid-20th Century.  To say that Joe Pilates was a visionary, is to grossly understate the impact his Method has had on the world of fitness, movement-sciences, and even health care.

In Pilates – Let’s Start at the Beginning you will learn the fundamental tenants of the Method and experience the building block physical exercises that establish core strength, coordination, control, and freedom of movement.  Also, taking this class will support your development of mindfulness and stress management skills.

  • Mondays & Thursdays: 5:30 – 6:15 PM
  • April 27 – May 7
  • $40 Paid in Advance, $45 Paid Day of
  • Instructor: Deb Tregea
  • Online Registration