REGISTRATION OPEN

You can still join spring's virtual wellness classes

Man practicing chair yoga in his home

Image caption: Chair yoga—one of the season's new offerings—is perfect for your at-home wellness routine.

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Registration is still open for the May session of virtual wellness classes in Cardio Fusion, Muscle Toning, Zumba, Meditation, and Yoga. Plus, this is the perfect time to try out a new class such as Chair Yoga, Yoga Somatics, or Strong Nation.

Benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and bargaining unit employees can choose an unlimited number of classes for the month for a flat fee of $20 that will be payroll deducted (payment cannot be made by cash, check, or credit card). You will not be charged $20 per class.

These classes are brought to you by the Office of Benefits & Worklife. Visit JHU Wellness Programs for the class schedule and to register. Questions can be sent to wellnessprograms@jhu.edu.

Cardio Fusion is an aerobic workout combining kickboxing, hi/lo floor aerobics, and some boot camp drills. Be ready to have some fun while burning calories and strengthening your core in this challenging class. Beginners to advanced exercisers are welcome.

Muscle Toning and Conditioning will strengthen, condition, tone, and define your muscles. It is a workout that concentrates on every major muscle group in the body. One should expect cardio intervals to sometimes be intermingled between strength exercises. This class is ideal for beginners to experienced exercisers.

Strong Nation, a program developed by Zumba Fitness, is a high intensity training class with lower intensity options. It combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio, and plyometric training moves synced to original music. Every squat, lunge, and burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class that blends Latin music and easy-to-follow dance steps to form a fitness party that is high energy and lots of fun. Burn calories and build up your endurance by moving to alternating fast and slow rhythms. All levels.

Meditation Alignment-Based Yoga is designed for students who have previous experience with yoga. You will be offered a mixed repertoire of poses, with safe modifications to suit your needs for the more challenging ones. Intelligent sequences and safe biomechanics provide opportunities for everyone to build strength and flexibility based on their needs and level. This class also invites self-exploration (body, mind, emotional, spiritual) and higher awareness with breathing, mindfulness, and meditation. Intermediate/Advanced.

Beginner Yoga will start your day off with the opportunity to tune in and get to know yourself better. The well-rounded class starts with a grounding meditation followed by gentle movement, a warming practice, stretching, and relaxation. Beginner.

Chair Yoga is a great way to get the health benefits of yoga—stress and anxiety reduction, lower blood pressure, and improved circulation, strength, balance, and breathing—all while seated in a chair. These classes are great for anyone, but especially those who need more support in their practice or have mobility limitations. Any sturdy chair without wheels will do. The class ends with a Yoga Nidra meditation to relax and nourish body and mind. All levels.

Gentle Yoga Flow includes yoga and breath work to open your heart and breathe in the new morning or wind down from your day. Gentle stretching and strengthening movements will calm the mind and relieve stress. Class will include gentle transitions, focusing on releasing tension and building your inner resilience. All levels.

Mindful Yoga Flow provides a slow-paced, mindful flow with focus on body and breath awareness. This practice will incorporate gentle stretching and strengthening movements, linking the movement with the breath to calm the mind, release tension, and find peace in the postures. You will be encouraged to develop both curiosity and agency in your practice, with the invitation to either follow the cues offered or to connect with and support your own needs by modifying in a way that feels right for your body. All levels.

Mindfulness Meditation develops your capacity to meet all experiences calmly, steadily, and clearly—whether pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant. Life is inherently challenging and continually in a state of change. We often struggle to control, resist, and avoid much of what happens. Whenever we resist what is happening currently, we cause ourselves more suffering than would be inherent to our experience without such resistance. All levels.

Yoga Somatics is intended to help you feel better in your body by releasing tension, allowing for more freedom of movement, building strength, and restoring proper alignment. This yoga is gentle and slow moving, with the majority of the time spent lying on the back. The movements are simple but impactful, using the breath and relaxation to create the perfect environment to strengthen and correct imbalances in your posture. Benefits include relieving neuromuscular pain, learning how to regain control of habitually tight muscles, and improving coordination, balance, and flexibility, all while increasing self-awareness and mindfulness. If you have trouble transitioning to the floor, you will be shown how to easily use a chair to facilitate. The class ends with a Yoga Nidra meditation to relax and nourish body and mind. All levels.