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Fitness in Town Hall

Yoga Classes

Yoga in the Grove Continues for the Summer!

Town resident and certified yoga instructor Rachel Schwartz will continue to offer a free yoga class on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 pm in McCathran Hall.

Please note: there will be no yoga class on June 6 or July 4.

Also note: For July and August, you will need to RSVP to Rachel at [email protected] by noon on Tuesdays. Since people are often busy during the summer months, yoga class will be held each week as long as there is sufficient interest. 

Rachel practices Ashtanga yoga and teaches a vinyasa (flow) class with modifications for all levels. Please bring your own mat and feel free to bring blocks if you use them. The class ends on our backs with a cooling relaxation, so consider bringing a sweatshirt or fleece.  Be sure to print out and complete this waiver form (PDF) and bring it to your first class.

Yoga is free for Washington Grove residents, although donations are accepted. Non-residents may attend for $10 a class (cash only, please). 

Tai Chi Sessions

Tai chi sessions led by Claire Rosser are held every Wednesday morning at 11 am in or just outside the Town Hall.  We try to meet outside whenever it’s nice out.

The sessions are free.  Note that the sessions involve a minimum of instruction; participants follow along with Claire.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not constrict your movement, and stable shoes that promote balance (can you stand on one foot in your shoes?).  Layers are good, as the temperature outside or in the hall can fluctuate.

Tai chi practice helps increase balance, reduce stress, and focus, and can improve strength, flexibility and aerobic conditioning.  We practice the Yang style of tai chi.  Yang is often considered the most popular form of tai chi and is the most widely practiced across the globe today.  Founded by Yang Lu-Ch’an in the mid-1800s, Yang tai chi focuses on improving flexibility via grand, sweeping movements that are executed in a slow and graceful motion, as opposed to the quick fast movements associated with other tai chi styles.  Yang tai chi is considered accessible and ideal for all ages and fitness levels, which is likely why it’s so popular.  In each class, we run through the 88-step-long Yang tai chi form sequence three times.  Learn about the sequence of movements, and watch a video of the 88-step long form sequence here.

Contact Christine Dibble for further information.

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