Arlington Community Education is offering fitness and dance and language classes this fall.
Many fitness offerings begin as early as the week of Sept. 14 and run for nine or 10 weeks. Language classes are generally eight sessions and begin the week of Sept. 21. Most classes are held online via Zoom in the evening, but there are also daytime options, as well as outdoor walking and bicycling tours where students will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.
Fitness and dance
Get in shape or find your rhythm with nearly 30 possibilities for all fitness levels and interests. Strengthen and tone, relax and recharge, put on your dancing shoes or hop on your bike. See the classes highlighted below or view all of the available options and register at http://ArlingtonCommunityEd.org.
• Choose from over a dozen classes that connect your body, mind and spirit. Explore the Chinese cultural and non-impact aerobic aspects of tai chi as you improve your balance and coordination and quiet your mind. Taught by Zhantao Lin, a sixth-generation tai chi master and native of China, Tai Chi: Yang Style focuses on the traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Long Form. Classes for all levels are Tuesday mornings. Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion with Judith King focuses on the Hwa Yu short form, with intermediate and advanced classes on Wednesday evenings.
• Qigong is similar to tai chi, but simpler, and benefits can include improved immunity, better balance and lower blood pressure. Flex and stretch gently and learn simple routines you can practice at home on Thursdays, with Judith King in the morning or Sue Wood in the evening. Or learn to focus your thoughts, heighten your awareness and reduce your stress level on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Meditation: Build Your Practice with Deborah Roseblum.
• Yoga classes will bring calm, focus, increased flexibility and strength to your life. Popular instructor Ruth Lieberherr is back this fall, teaching Yoga For Every Body on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. People of every age, fitness level, physical challenge or shape will find their mind, body and spirit invigorated in this welcoming 10-week class. Other yoga options include Hatha Yoga on Monday evenings with Bettina Velona and Joyful Morning Yoga on Wednesday mornings with Linda Del Monte.
• One great thing about yoga is that it can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs. Chair yoga is especially beneficial for beginners, senior citizens, people with injuries or those looking to learn how to apply yoga techniques at the office. At the new class Chair Yoga: Reap the Benefits of Yoga While Seated with Debra Rosenblum, increase your self-awareness and revitalize your life as your body relaxes and your mind quiets. Eight-week class is Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
• Find the dancer inside of you. Get a little bit country with Country Western Line Dancing on Wednesday evenings. The beginner class is at 6 p.m., and the intermediate starts at 7:30 p.m. Or move to Latin rhythms, learning the steps of popular and dynamic dances at Salsa and Club Latin on Tuesdays or burning up to 1,000 calories per hour as you shake, shimmy, slide and sweat with Fabulous Zumba on Monday nights.
• Learn how to integrate and sprinkle fitness into your daily life and establish routines that make it easier to make fitness a lifelong habit at the outdoor in-person class Get Fit! Have Fun! Learn to Run! on Wednesday mornings. Enjoy a full body workout and stretch with Essentrics: Full Body Workout on Thursday evenings or see how Barre Basics Workout on Wednesdays can help sculpt long, lean legs and flat abs using traditional ballet exercises and Pilates mat work.
• Bicycling is a good way to get around town, keep fit and reduce your carbon footprint. And especially during this time of quarantine, going on a bike ride is a great way to keep yourself sane by clearing your head while keeping distance from others. Ride local roads both east and west of Arlington as the season changes in New England at Fall Road Biking with Tim Allen on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings, or explore interesting and unique routes at JOYful Friday Biking with Joy Spadafora.
• For those looking to gain more biking confidence, try the new Tuesday evening online series with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, an organization that promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. Gain the knowledge and empowerment to get on the roads, bike lanes and pathways at Intro to Commuting on Sept. 29. Two Bike Maintenance workshops will cover how to maintain your bike to keep you riding safe and smooth. At the Introduction class on Oct. 6, learn the basics of how to diagnose your bike’s ABCs (Air, Brakes and Chain). On Oct. 13, 2.0: Learn to Fix-a-Flat will cover the process of diagnosing the conditions of your tires, avoiding the most common reasons for getting a flat, how to patch the holes in the tube and tips on how to get that tire back on without so much struggle.
• Connect with the great outdoors on a socially-distanced walking tour. Wash away the stress of modern life and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature with Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) on Saturday, Oct. 10. Take an Autumn Equinox Walk at Great Meadows or A Stroll in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Discover new places to hike and hear tales about Native American settlers and esteemed writers such as Alcott and Emerson at Wednesday morning Mystery Walks.
Boost your brain, widen your career choices, deepen your connection to and understanding of another culture, and enhance listening skills and memory by learning a new language. Study Italian, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French or American Sign Language this fall. Italian Level 4 is new and runs eight Tuesdays from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m. Taught by Mirela Stefa, it will be focused on building complex reading selections, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and creative use of the language. Students will develop more grammar skills using indefinite adjectives and pronouns, imperative form, conditional tenses and relative pronouns.
New youth programs have been added for the first two weeks of September, before school begins, so that kids can move their minds and bodies too. New sections just added include: Parkour (in-person!), Nathan’s Ninjas, Chess, Dungeons & Dragons, Kids Test Kitchen and Mass Audubon Habitat: Curious Explorers.
Visit http://ArlingtonCommunityEd.org to register for any class or email CommunityEd@arlington.k12.ma.us for more information. Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition received from ACE courses. ACE provides affordable education and enrichment for residents of Arlington and surrounding communities.