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Eau Claire’s Indoor Adult Soccer

It’s finally here!

Eau Claire is now offering an indoor co-ed adult soccer program.

This is a registered 7-week program that is FREE for members. Non members pay the small administration fee of $74.00

What a great opportunity to meet some new people and play one of the world’s greatest games. Registration gives participants access to the court for 2 hours on Sunday afternoons and the opportunity to play in a safe, yet competitive and organized environment.

View the poster for more details

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Contact Michael Balchand at 403-781-1686 or e-mail him at michael.balchand@calgary.ymca.ca


Self Defense Classes at the Saddletowne YMCA

Written by Amber McInnis

On Saturday morning, I attended the demonstration of the Self Defense class that is running for five Saturdays starting January 10. The teacher was welcoming and had a very kind demeanor and calming presence.  In our hour together, he focused not only on physical defense (body), but also on mind and spirit, reminding the participants that power comes from all three sources.

Some of the things I learned include how the body changes as a person becomes increasingly agitated, and how to recognize these changes simply by observing the person.  I left the class equipped with many ways to protect myself, and with the confidence that I would be able to take the actions necessary, should I find myself in a threatening situation.

I highly recommend that if you can take this class, do. I feel so empowered after just one hour of new knowledge and I know that all people – women, men, teens, adults – will benefit from this class.

 

Please contact Kaia, Fitness Director, at 403-537-2720 or kaia.kjar@calgary.ymca.ca for more information.

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Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts January 10th 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)

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Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts February 21st 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)

 


Yoga for Peace

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In celebration of the 2014 YMCA Peace Week, Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Yoga for Peace on Wednesday November 19th from 10:30 – 11:15 and at 12:50 – 1:30.

YMCA Peace Week is unique to Canada.  It originated in 1984 when YMCA Canada decided to add an entire week of peace related activities to follow Peace Day. This year, we will be celebrating our 30th year! Why yoga? Yoga is an innately peaceful activity with the goal of encompassing the overall essence of peace. Please come and join instructors Gary & Pam and be a part of this national celebration!

 


The Yellow Balloon

Last night was a pretty typical Sunday night around our house.

My wife and I were winding down after a busy weekend with our two children, Adam, age 8 and Ashlyn, age 5. The kids’ teeth were brushed, their pyjamas on (bath time was avoided thanks to a wonderful afternoon swim at Crowfoot YMCA) and family books, our nightly reading tradition, was imminent. After a hectic weekend attending the Calgary International Children’s Festival, doing the necessary clean and tidy required to get us through the week, baseball, ballet and the other routines of a young family, we were all pretty ready to be done for the night.

Then, someone blew up a yellow balloon.

My son, always up for a spontaneous game, tapped the balloon and sent it soaring across the living room. My wife, equally game, tapped it back. My daughter quickly got in on the action. Then, emerging from another room to see what was happening, I found the uncovered corner and joined in.

The goal was to slap and pass, push and bash that balloon, avoiding the pointy ceiling and the forbidden hardwood floor.

“Mommy, it’s yours!”

“Adam, hit it!”

“Ha, Dad, it got you in the nose!”

As we played, we talked. We talked about working as a team. We encouraged and cheered each other on. We worked on strategy — slowing down the tempo once in a while, then pounding that balloon for maximum effect and velocity.

Ashlyn squealed with delight each time she took the yellow balloon in an unexpected direction, usually off a parent’s body part. With some encouragement, Adam resisted the urge to hog the balloon from his smaller sister, not always his default position, and soaked up the praise. Mom and Dad enjoyed those love-filled looks parents share when their kids are being simply amazing.

The game went on for 20 minutes. We were totally connected as a family.

We all felt a little lighter.


Congratulations to the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Winners!

Here at YMCA Calgary, we are extremely fortunate to have over 1100 volunteers work together with YMCA staff to provide more than 100,000 hours of time and talent each year. Volunteers help us build communities that are vibrant and healthy; a place where children, youth and adults belong, grown, thrive and lead.

This year, we have selected thirteen outstanding volunteers who have made a difference in our community.

2012 Volunteer of the Year Winners:

Rebekah Sharrock – Association Services Adult Volunteer

Dave Pokrandt – Camp Chief Hector Adult Volunteer

Kyle Wegrzynowski – Camp Chief Hector Youth Volunteer

Earl Cardinal – Community YMCA Adult Volunteer

Teresa Li – Community YMCA Youth Volunteer

Al Hathaway – Crowfoot YMCA Adult Volunteer

Sarah McCarthy – Crowfoot YMCA Youth Volunteer

Ray Schmidt – Eau Claire YMCA Adult Volunteer

Chiara Toselli – Eau Claire YMCA Youth Volunteer

Dhaivat Dave – Saddletowne YMCA Adult Volunteer

Aldo Divine – Saddletowne YMCA Youth Volunteer

Barb Leteta – Shawnessy YMCA Adult Volunteer

Una Mrdja – Shawnessy YMCA Youth Volunteer

Congratulations to each and every one of you!


My Y Time Has Come!

Summer is a great time for students (18-25Y) and youth (12-17Y) to be active and enjoy five YMCA locations. YMCA Calgary offers two options: A five month Summer Pass or Continuous Monthly Memberships.

City-wide Summer Passes
Memberships start April 1 and expire August 31. No worries to join at any point within this time frame – fees are pro-rated daily.

Student (18-25Y)
• Ideal for summer students working in Calgary
• Workout at least 6 times per month –better price value than paying a drop in fee
• $245 plus GST  for April 1 – August 31 (5 months)
• Valid  Student ID required
• Single payment; no refunds

Youth (12-17Y)
• Workout at least 4 times per month –better price value than paying a drop in fee
• $155 plus GST for April 1 – August 31 (5 months)
• Free weight floor orientation
• Includes Teen Night on Fridays
• Single payment; no refunds

Note:  During April’s Lead a Friend to Health, summer passes are not eligible for referral YCredits.

Continuous Monthly Memberships
It’s flexible, fits a student’s lifestyle and budget, and there’s no contract or withdrawal fees.

Continuous Student (18-25Y)
• Available to students (18Y–25Y) with valid 2012/2013 Student ID or acceptance letter for Fall 2013
• $49/mth + GST or $23.25/mth + GST when added as a dependent, living at home with a current YMCA member parent
• Bring a guest free the fifth of every month

Continuous Youth (12-17Y)
• $31/mth + GST or $6.25/mth + GST when added as a dependent of a current YMCA member parent
• Includes free youth orientation and YMCA Teen Night on Fridays
• Bring a guest for free the fifth of every month

YMCA summer youth and student memberships are the perfect way to be healthy, active and fit. Join today!

 


Join us at the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off

Looking for a way to get active while helping a great cause? On Monday, March 4, join us at Spin for Strong Kids to kick-off the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! 

Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids.

How do I Join?
Pick up a pledge package at Member Services of your YMCA and sign-up for a bike. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to join—everyone is welcome. Join individually or gather a group and spin together!

The 2013 goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.

Join the conversation: #SpinForStrongKids


Join us at the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off

Looking for a way to get active while helping a great cause? On Monday, March 4, join us at Spin for Strong Kids to kick-off the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! 

Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids.

How do I Join?
Pick up a pledge package at Member Services of your YMCA and sign-up for a bike. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to join—everyone is welcome. Join individually or gather a group and spin together!

The 2013 goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.

Join the conversation: #SpinForStrongKids


Dance! Martial Arts! Pre/Post-Natal Classes! Find the Right Fit for YOU with our Short & Sweet Sessions starting in February

Winter doldrums setting in? Looking for a new activity to spice things up? Missed the boat on programs starting in January? Short and sweet sessions are 5-6 weeks in length and are a great way to try something new with less financial and time commitment compared to a full-length session. They are perfect for people who would like to experience a new kind of class for the first time, or who for various reasons aren’t able to commit to longer sessions.

At Saddletowne YMCA we have a number of short & sweet fitness classes coming up in February that may peak your interest and are certainly well worth your time! Are you in to dance? Martial arts? Are you expecting a baby or have recently given birth? Check out the classes below beginning in February.

PRENATAL FITNESS
Experience a fit pregnancy in this class for Moms-to-be. This class will incorporate cardio, resistance, core strength & stretching exercises appropriate for prenatal women.
Mondays 4:45-5:45 pm
Feb 4 – March 18
M $48 NM $72 (6 classes)
Barcode: 83622

PRENATAL AQUAFIT
Experience the benefits and relief of weightlessness in this refreshing water workout designed specifically with the needs of pregnant women in mind.
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
Feb 13-March 20
M $48 NM $72 (6 classes)
Barcode: 83625

MOM & BABY FITNESS (POST-NATAL)
Bring your baby to this fitness class for Moms. The class will incorporate cardio, resistance, core and stretching exercises appropriate for post-natal women.
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am
Feb 19-March 19
M $40 NM $60 (5 classes)
Barcode: 83768
Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am
Feb 21-March 21
M $40 NM $60 (5 classes)
Barcode: 83769

MARTIAL ARTS – CAPOEIRA
Capoeira is a Brazilian mixed martial art developed 500 years ago by the slaves of Brazil who were forced to disguise their art form by incorporating elements of dance and acrobatics. Our classes are for people of all ages and abilities and involve cardiovascular and muscular components as well as various forms of Brazilian music. A practice of martial arts mixed with dance, core and muscle building.
Adult Classes (12+)
Tuesdays
7:30-8:45 pm
Feb 12 – Mar 19
M $60 NM $90 (6 classes)
Barcode: 83797
Youth Classes (kids 6-11)
Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm
Feb 12 – Mar 19
M $48 NM $72 (6 classes)
Barcode: 77020

DANCE – TASTE OF MOVEMENT
Experience a wide range of FUN activities that will get you moving and feeling good! This class incorporates Jazz Dance, Yoga, Tai Kwon Do style kicking, blocking and punching and the slow meditative movements of Tai Chi.
Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 pm
Feb 19 – March 19
M $40 NM $60 (5 classes)
Barcode: 83484
Try a FREE demo class on Tuesday, February 19 from 8-9 pm!

DANCE – NIA
The Nia® Technique is a brilliant blend of dance, martial arts and healing arts that connects mind, body and spirit. Each class offers you safe, guided, dance-based movement that is suitable for all ages, all body types and fitness levels. Come move to great music to relieve stress, get in shape and have fun!
Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Feb 20 – March 20
M $40 NM $60 (5 classes)
Barcode: 83609
Try a FREE demo class on Wednesday, February 13 from 5-6 pm.

MARTIAL ARTS – HAP KI DO
Hap Ki Do is a Korean Martial Art roughly translated as the Art of Coordinating Energy. The focus of Hap Ki Do is on self-defense through redirection of opponents’ energy to overcome adversity or violence. Participants will learn joint locks, pressure points, throws, strikes, rolls and mental concepts among other techniques.
Adult Classes
Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm
Feb 13 – March 20
M $48 NM $72 (6 classes)
Barcode: 83790
Try a FREE demo class on Wednesday, February 6th from 5:45-6:45 pm.
Youth Classes
Friday 5:30-6:30 pm
Feb 15 – March 22
M $48 NM $72 (6 classes)
Barcode: 83826
Try a FREE demo class on Friday, February 8th from 5:30-6:30 pm.

To register visit Member Services. For a full list of registered programs visit our website at ymcacalgary.org. Financial assistance may be available to members with low income.


FREE Capoeira Demo Classes @ Saddletowne Saturday, January 26

Saddletowne YMCA will be hosting 2 FREE Capoeira Demo Classes this Saturday, January 26th for Adults & Youth:

Adult class (12 years & up): 11:45am-12:15pm
Youth class (6-11 years): 12:30pm-1:00pm

What is Capoeira you ask? Capoeira is a Brazilian mixed martial art developed 500 years ago by the slaves of Brazil who were forced to disguise their art form by incorporating elements of dance and acrobatics. Our classes are for people of all ages and abilities and involve cardiovascular and muscular components as well as various forms of Brazilian music. A practice of martial arts mixed with dance, core and muscle building.

Our instructor will teach you the basic foundations of Capoeira and move you through varying levels of skill and challenge according to your fitness level and ability.

If you are interested in developing your skills further check out the following registered Youth & Adult  Capoeira classes at Saddletowne YMCA:

Youth Capoeira (6-11 years)

Tuesdays Jan 8-March 19
6:15-7:15pm
Barcode 77020
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes)

Registration is ongoing & course fees are pro-rated based on on date registered.

Adult Capoeira (12 years & up)
Tuesdays Feb 12-March 19
7:30–8:45pm
Barcode: 83797
M$60 NM$90 (6 classes)

Call or visit Program Services to register: 403-237-2393. YMCA members can also register online at ymcacalgary.org.


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