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Ready for a New Fitness Challenge?

Step up your game with one of our new fitness & wellness classes at Saddletowne YMCA in 2016:

Obstacle Race Training

This is a great class to take whether you are looking for a program that will challenge you in different ways, push you past a fitness plateau or help prepare you for an actual Obstacle Race for the first or fiftieth time! This class will cover muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, balance, agility and grip strength with a variety of drills that will take you out of your comfort zone and drive your fitness to the next level. In addition to studio, track and weight floor work, certain classes may include workouts on the climbing wall, in the swimming pool or outdoors to improve your fitness in a range of environments and modalities.

Mondays | Starts Jan 11 | 5:30-6:30pm | M $90 NM $126 | 9 classes | Barcode# 107157
Wednesdays | Starts Jan 13 | 6:30-7:30pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107158
Fridays | Starts Jan 15 | 10:30-11:30am | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107159

Sport Conditioning

Are you passionate about sports? Do you want to build strength and stamina to improve your game? This class will provide sports-based exercises and drills to help you increase muscular strength & endurance, coordination, agility, quickness and stability to improve your sport performance. Exercises and drills will be determined based on the interests and needs of the group, according to their sport(s) of preference.

Thursdays | Starts Jan 14 | 7:00-8:00pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107161
Fridays | Starts Jan 15 | 5:15-6:15pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107163
Sundays | Starts Jan 17 | 5:30-6:30pm | M $90 NM $126 | 9 classes | Barcode# 107162

Advanced Conditioning

Are you tired of machines and dumbbells? This class will teach you about different training techniques and equipment that can be used to take your workout to the next level. Learn how to use things like Kettlebell, TRX and Battleropes with proper form and apply principles of HIIT (high intensity interval training) for optimal efficiency. Step out of the rut with Advanced Conditioning!

Tuesdays | Starts Jan 12 | 7:30-8:30pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107121
Wednesdays | Starts Jan 13 | 9:15-10:15am | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107160

Nutrition 101: 7 Keys to Eating for Good Health

Are you wanting to make changes to your eating habits but are unsure where to start? Have you tried dieting and found that you were left feeling hungry and unsatisfied? Are you aware of the changes you want to make but just need a bit of extra support getting there? Are you confused by all of the conflicting nutrition information and advice being dished out by the media?

If any of these situations apply to you, this is a course you won’t want to miss! Facilitated by a Registered Dietician, this course will introduce you to simple dietary changes you can adopt that will make the most difference to your health, along with practical strategies for doing so. The science behind the information will be explored to help clarify nutritional advice and dispel the myths. In addition, you will have the opportunity to keep a personal food journal and receive weekly feedback and support on your progress and challenges over this 8-week program to give you the best chances for success in reaching your goals.

Saturdays | Starts Jan 16 | 9:30-10:30am | M $80 NM $112 | 8 classes | Barcode# 111873


NEW Yoga Classes @ Saddletowne Y

Calling all Yogis & Yoginis!
Saddletowne is happy to be offering the following registered Yoga classes starting this Spring:

Mondays 4:45-5:45pm
Yoga – Active – Gentle
Starting March 31st
Barcode # 91864

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm
Prenatal Yoga *NEW*
Starting March 31st
Barcode# 93132

Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm
Yoga Active *NEW*
Starting April 2nd
Barcode# 93134

Fridays 12:00-1:00pm
Yoga – Active – Yin Yang *NEW*
Starting April 4th
Barcode# 93137

Call 403-237-2393 to register. Check out our full program listings at ymcacalgary.org.


Research Shows Practicing Tai Chi Improves Some Chronic Conditions

A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the effect that practicing Tai Chi has on patients with various chronic health conditions. The results provide positive evidence that Tai Chi can be beneficial in improving patient outcomes on a variety of levels having physical, psychological and behavioural impacts. Here is a basic summary of some of the research findings:
Philip W.H. Peng published a review article on Tai Chi and Chronic Pain in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2012. He found that Tai Chi is beneficial for providing pain relief and improving physical and psychological well-being for people with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Low Back Pain. Tai Chi’s effects on muscular strength, cardiovascular health, bone health, stress reduction and quality of life may also prove benefical to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Jun-Hong Yan, et al. conducted a study in 2013 on the Effects of Tai Chi in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and found that practicing Tai Chi significantly improved patients’ total scores on the Chronic Respiratory Disease Quesitonnaire and the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnare.
Hui-Ming Lo, et al (2012) conducted a study on Tai Chi and patients with Hypertension. The study concluded that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were reduced and exercise behaviour and exercise time were improved when hospital outpatients with hypertension participated in an 8-week Tai Chi exercise program.
Sukhee Ahn, et al (2012) conducted a study on the effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Glucose Control, Neuropathy Scores, Balance and Quality of Life in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy. The results indicate that total symptom scores, glucose control, balance and quality of life were significantly better in the Tai Chi group than in the control (nonintervention) group.
Whether you live with a chronic health condition or not, you can improve your health with Tai Chi! Sign up for a class and find strength, balance, coordination, improved digestion & circulation, greater mental clarity and relief for stress.
Saddletowne YMCA offers the following Tai Chi course:
Tai Chi Level 1
Saturdays 11:00-12:30pm
Beginning April 5
M: $108 NM: $162 (12 classes)

Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit ymcacalgary.org for full course listings.

References:
Ahn, S., Song, R. (2012). Effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dec;18(12), 1172-8.
Lo, H.M. et al (2012). A Tai Chi exercise programme improved exercise behavior and reduced blood pressure in outpatients with hypertension. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18(6), 545-551.
Peng, P.W.H. (2012). Tai Chi and chronic pain. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Jul-Aug; 37(4):372-82.
Yan, J.H., Guo, Y.Z, Yao, H.M., Pan, L. (2013). Effects of Tai Chi in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PLOS ONE (10), 1371.

Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Did you know that Saddletowne YMCA offers Pre & Post Natal fitness classes including a brand new Prenatal Yoga class?

Skip to the end of this article for Pre/Post-Natal course offerings or read on for program descriptions.

Pre-Natal Fitness classes are a great way to maintain fitness, core strength, mobility and proper posture throughout one’s pregnancy. Engaging in regular physical activity during pregnancy offers health benefits for both mom and baby. It helps to prevent or reduce some the uncomfortable side effects such as back pain, constipation, swelling and fatigue and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pre-Natal Yoga classes will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit in creating a healthy pregnancy, delivery and post-partum recovery.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness classes offer the added benefit of buoyancy and the feeling of weightlessness which can be a great relief during mid-late pregnancy. The water has a massaging effect on sore muscles and swollen joints and is a great way to work out without adding further strain on the body. It is not necessary to know how to swim or to put your face in the water when participating in Prenatal AquaFitness, however, women should feel comfortable in the deep water with assistance from a flotation support (noodle).

After baby arrives, Post-Natal classes are a great opportunity to get out of the house with your baby and work out with other new moms and their babies in a class specifically designed for post-partum recovery. These classes offer a combination of cardiovascular and strengthening exercises that target major muscles groups and re-condition the core.

Pregnancy and post-partum can be lonely and challenging times for many women. Attending a class that is specially designed for pre & post natal women provides the opportunity to meet other moms & moms-to-be, share experiences and improve one’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Sign up for a class today!

Spring Session Pre & Post-Natal Classes:

Pre-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 92318
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Yoga *NEW*
Mondays | 7:00-8:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 93132
M$99 NM$154 (11 classes x 60 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness
Wednesdays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning April 2
Barcode: 92319
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Post-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 12:00-1:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 88950
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes x 60 minutes)

Post-Natal Fitness
Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 88951
M$96 NM$144 (12 classes x 60 minutes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and full course listings.


Research Shows Practicing Tai Chi Improves Some Chronic Conditions

A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the effect that practicing Tai Chi has on patients with various chronic health conditions. The results provide positive evidence that Tai Chi can be beneficial in improving patient outcomes on a variety of levels having physical, psychological and behavioural impacts. Here is a basic summary of some of the research findings:
Philip W.H. Peng published a review article on Tai Chi and Chronic Pain in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2012. He found that Tai Chi is beneficial for providing pain relief and improving physical and psychological well-being for people with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Low Back Pain. Tai Chi’s effects on muscular strength, cardiovascular health, bone health, stress reduction and quality of life may also prove benefical to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Jun-Hong Yan, et al. conducted a study in 2013 on the Effects of Tai Chi in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and found that practicing Tai Chi significantly improved patients’ total scores on the Chronic Respiratory Disease Quesitonnaire and the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnare.
Hui-Ming Lo, et al (2012) conducted a study on Tai Chi and patients with Hypertension. The study concluded that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were reduced and exercise behaviour and exercise time were improved when hospital outpatients with hypertension participated in an 8-week Tai Chi exercise program.
Sukhee Ahn, et al (2012) conducted a study on the effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Glucose Control, Neuropathy Scores, Balance and Quality of Life in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy. The results indicate that total symptom scores, glucose control, balance and quality of life were significantly better in the Tai Chi group than in the control (nonintervention) group.
Whether you live with a chronic health condition or not, you can improve your health with Tai Chi! Sign up for a class and find strength, balance, coordination, improved digestion & circulation, greater mental clarity and relief for stress.
Saddletowne YMCA offers the following Tai Chi course:
Tai Chi Level 1
Saturdays 11:00-12:30pm
Beginning January 18
M: $90 NM: $135 (10 classes)

Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit ymcacalgary.org for full course listings.

References:
Ahn, S., Song, R. (2012). Effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dec;18(12), 1172-8.
Lo, H.M. et al (2012). A Tai Chi exercise programme improved exercise behavior and reduced blood pressure in outpatients with hypertension. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18(6), 545-551.
Peng, P.W.H. (2012). Tai Chi and chronic pain. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Jul-Aug; 37(4):372-82.
Yan, J.H., Guo, Y.Z, Yao, H.M., Pan, L. (2013). Effects of Tai Chi in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PLOS ONE (10), 1371.

Research Shows Practicing Tai Chi Improves Some Chronic Conditions

A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the effect that practicing Tai Chi has on patients with various chronic health conditions. The results provide positive evidence that Tai Chi can be beneficial in improving patient outcomes on a variety of levels having physical, psychological and behavioural impacts. Here is a basic summary of some of the research findings:
Philip W.H. Peng published a review article on Tai Chi and Chronic Pain in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2012. He found that Tai Chi is beneficial for providing pain relief and improving physical and psychological well-being for people with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Low Back Pain. Tai Chi’s effects on muscular strength, cardiovascular health, bone health, stress reduction and quality of life may also prove benefical to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Jun-Hong Yan, et al. conducted a study in 2013 on the Effects of Tai Chi in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and found that practicing Tai Chi significantly improved patients’ total scores on the Chronic Respiratory Disease Quesitonnaire and the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnare.
Hui-Ming Lo, et al (2012) conducted a study on Tai Chi and patients with Hypertension. The study concluded that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were reduced and exercise behaviour and exercise time were improved when hospital outpatients with hypertension participated in an 8-week Tai Chi exercise program.
Sukhee Ahn, et al (2012) conducted a study on the effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Glucose Control, Neuropathy Scores, Balance and Quality of Life in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy. The results indicate that total symptom scores, glucose control, balance and quality of life were significantly better in the Tai Chi group than in the control (nonintervention) group.
Whether you live with a chronic health condition or not, you can improve your health with Tai Chi! Sign up for a class and find strength, balance, coordination, improved digestion & circulation, greater mental clarity and relief for stress.
Saddletowne YMCA offers the following Tai Chi course:
Tai Chi Level 1
Saturdays 11:00-12:30pm
Beginning January 18
M: $90 NM: $135 (10 classes)

Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit ymcacalgary.org for full course listings.

References:
Ahn, S., Song, R. (2012). Effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dec;18(12), 1172-8.
Lo, H.M. et al (2012). A Tai Chi exercise programme improved exercise behavior and reduced blood pressure in outpatients with hypertension. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18(6), 545-551.
Peng, P.W.H. (2012). Tai Chi and chronic pain. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Jul-Aug; 37(4):372-82.
Yan, J.H., Guo, Y.Z, Yao, H.M., Pan, L. (2013). Effects of Tai Chi in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PLOS ONE (10), 1371.

Do you skip workouts because you’re too sore? Consider including Aquatic Fitness in your program.

Whether it’s muscle soreness from a vigorous workout, joint pain from arthritis or tension caused by stress or musculoskeletal imbalances, many people find themselves skipping workouts or avoiding even basic physical activity due to feeling sore. If you’re trying to establish a regular fitness regimen, missing even one workout can cause a domino effect that makes it easier to skip subsequent workouts as well, especially if you are new to fitness and haven’t yet made exercise a habit.
If this sounds like you, Aquatic Fitness – in shallow or deep water – may be the solution to help you stick to a regular program and keep moving in a way that works you out while  helping to ease any discomfort.
Scroll down to the end of the article for a list of Aquatic Fitness Programs offered at Saddletowne YMCA or keep reading to learn about the benefits.
Aquatic Fitness uses the unique properties of water together with movements through different plains of motion to create resistance for the whole body while simultaneously giving you a fantastic massage! Buoyancy reduces the impact on your joints while immersion & movement through water create a therapeutic ‘hugging’ and massaging effect that feels great on the muscles and assists circulation to reduce swelling. If you are sore from an intense workout or feel stiffness & tension for other reasons (like stress, arthritis, pregnancy or injury), the water can sooth your muscles and help work out the ‘kinks’, restoring you to your regular fine form.
Many people mistakenly believe that Aquatic Fitness classes are only for older adults or people wanting a gentle workout however these classes offer a host of benefits for all populations, especially when used as part of a cross-training program. What makes these classes appropriate, even for people with vastly different fitness goals, is that participants are completely in control of their own intensity level and can increase or decrease the intensity simply by modifying lever length, surface area, speed and force. In other words, the harder/faster you push the water and/or the longer you make your limbs, the more intense the workout will be and vice versa.
Aquatic Fitness classes are different from swimming in that most of the exercises are performed vertically. In shallow water workouts like AquaFit or Aqua Bootcamp you are exercising at mid-chest depth and are able to touch the ground. In deep water classes like Deep Water Workout,Tethered Deep Water Workout or Tethered Deep Water Running, participants wear a flotation belt that helps them stay afloat so they can focus on maintaining proper form and performing intentional movements rather than struggling through the class to keep their head above water. In Prenatal Aquatic Fitness which is also a deep water class, participants sit on a ‘noodle’ instead of using the belt to avoid the pressure of the belt on the abdomen. This means that no swimming skill is required and you don’t even have to put your face in the water which makes these classes a great option for people who want to enjoy the benefits of water but don’t know how to swim.
When done properly with attention to good form Aquatic Fitness tests one’s core strength & stability, making you aware of imbalances that may be contributing to your movement issues and offers an avenue for correction. Most people are surprised by the amount of core activation required and how challenging it can actually be, even for those who thought they were well-conditioned. Aquatic Fitness can also help to maximize lung volume and improve breathing patterns because the pressure of the water on the submerged chest causes one to work harder to fill their lungs. This in turn helps to strengthen respiratory muscles and can lead to greater ease in breathing throughout every life. Better breathing = increased energy, reduced stress, better mood & mental clarity, etc, etc, etc.
If you’re looking for way to be consistently active and be kind to your body, avoiding the pitfalls of both over and under training, I challenge you to give Aquatic Fitness a try – you will be surprised, guaranteed.
Saddletowne YMCA offers the following Registered & Drop-in Aquatic Fitness Programs:
Aqua Bootcamp (Shallow) – Registered
Mondays 7:00-7:45pm
Beginning January 6
Barcode#85442
Tuesdays 9:15-10:15am
Beginning January 7
Barcode#87287
Tethered Deep Water Workout – Registered
Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 7
Barcode#87195
Wednesdays 7:00-7:45pm
Beginning January 8
Barcode#87262
Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness (Deep Water) – Registered
Wednesdays 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning January 8
Barcode#86318
Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit our website for more information: www.ymcacalgary.org
Drop-in Programs:
AquaFit – Monday, Wednesday & Sunday 12-1pm
Deep Water Workout – Friday 10:30-11:30am

Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Did you know that Saddletowne YMCA offers Pre & Post Natal fitness classes?
(Skip to the end of this article for Pre/Post-Natal course offerings)

Pre-Natal classes are a great way to maintain fitness, core strength, mobility and proper posture throughout one’s pregnancy. Engaging in regular physical activity during pregnancy offers health benefits for both mom and baby. It helps to prevent or reduce some the uncomfortable side effects such as back pain, constipation, swelling and fatigue and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness classes offer the added benefit of buoyancy and the feeling of weightlessness which can be a great relief during mid-late pregnancy. The water has a massaging effect on sore muscles and swollen joints and is a great way to work out without adding further strain on the body. It is not necessary to know how to swim or to put your face in the water when participating in Prenatal AquaFitness, however, women should feel comfortable in the deep water with assistance from a flotation support (noodle).

After baby arrives, Post-Natal classes are a great opportunity to get out of the house with your baby and work out with other new moms and their babies in a class specifically designed for post-partum recovery. These classes offer a combination of cardiovascular and strengthening exercises that target major muscles groups and re-condition the core.

Pregnancy and post-partum can be lonely and challenging times for many women. Attending a class that is specially designed for pre & post natal women provides the opportunity to meet other moms & moms-to-be, share experiences and improve one’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Sign up for a class today!

Winter Session Pre & Post-Natal Classes:

Pre-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 86317
M$60 NM$90 (10 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness
Wednesdays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning January 8
Barcode: 86318
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Post-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 12:00-1:00pm
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 91791
M$80 NM$120 (10 classes x 60 minutes)

Post-Natal Fitness
Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 86320
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes x 60 minutes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and full course listings.


Serena shares her passion for Belly Dance

In Fall 2013 we welcomed Serena to the Saddletowne team as our new Belly Dance Instructor. Her classes have experienced great interest and success and we are happy to offer her classes again beginning January 6th. Below is a promotional video and personal story created & written by Serena, that she has allowed me to share with you…
I first became interested in studying the art of belly dance about 10 years ago, after purchasing a CD containing Middle Eastern music.  I had a background in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, but curiosity about my mother’s Egyptian heritage lead me to exploring her culture further.  I was attracted to the beautiful, emotional and mysterious
melodies of Middle Eastern music, and as a dancer I wanted to learn how to express this music in my body – so naturally I took a belly dance class. From that day on, I was captivated by feminine spirit, elegance and grace of belly dance and continued my studies by taking classes and workshops in Calgary and abroad.
One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had since I started teaching belly dance is the confidence I can bring to women by helping them discover these movements in their bodies.  The basis of belly dance technique is isolation of the hips, stomach, ribcage, shoulders, but to me it is much more than that.  With continued practice these movements can feel natural and liberating for many women regardless of their body type. I love seeing the joy experienced by my students when they do their first hip shimmy.  I’ve had students that come into their first class feeling shy and uncertain, but after several weeks of class they start to come out of their shells and begin to smile at themselves in the mirror and feel comfortable in their own skin.
My class environment involves a friendly and fun approach learning belly dance – I use a lot of humour in my classes so be prepared to laugh as you learn!  Enjoy a pre warm up for core stability and strengthening, exploration of style and technique, simple choreography, and an ending stretch to lengthen and cool down.   Aside from the confidence and self esteem belly dance can bring, it is also great exercise. Belly dance can tone and strengthen the hips, legs, buttocks and of course the belly!  The graceful and flowing movements of the arms and hands are beneficial for the upper body as well.  I also discuss some key points in the history and culture of belly dance including interpretation of music and
Arabic song translations.
While I am an instructor and performer of belly dance, I believe in the concept of being a student for life. So even though I teach belly dance, I still continue to learn and develop my skills and share this knowledge with the students in my classes.  Learning is half the
fun.  It is important to grow and expand – not only our skills but who we are.
Classes offered by Serena at Saddletowne YMCA
Registered Classes:

Belly Dance Level 1
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

Belly Dance Level 2
Mondays | 7:45-8:45pm
Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit ymcacalgary.org for full details.

What is Capoeira? …So much more than you might think! Give it a try & find out!

Many people watch capoeira and think it is just a dance, when in reality, it is many things simultaneously – martial art, dance, music, self-defense. Developed over 500 years ago by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira has its roots in Afro-Brazilian culture and was said to be both a form of cultural expression and self-defense. During the last two decades, Capoeira has grown immensely as a martial art and artistic activity that incorporates rhythmic and physical expression, and can now be seen in diverse settings across the globe.

Students begin to practice capoeira for different reasons; maybe they are looking to change up their exercise routine, learn more about Brazilian culture or meet new people. Yet, because capoeira involves such a variety of elements, students inevitably discover a new interest or talent.

Besides the unique and extraordinary physical benefits of capoeira (muscle tone, core strength, balance, flexibility, speed – to name a few), capoeira is a means of developing discipline and confidence, as well as personal identity and expression.

Played in the middle of a circle called a roda, Capoeira involves a countless variety of movements – from kicks and escapes, to handstands and cartwheels – that create a dialogue between two people. This dialogue is further influenced by music created by instruments, such as the berimbau, atabaque (drum) and the pandeiro (tambourine) and singing by all people in the circle. All these elements combine to create a Capoeira roda, or circle, in which various forms of communication converge to create improvised and communal expression. Capoeiristas (people who practice capoeira) interact with one another and become active participants in the capoeira roda both physically and
musically. Students quickly realize that capoeira is much more than just a martial art, or a dance, or a fitness class – it is everything all at once.
-Axe Society for Capoeira

Saddletowne YMCA offers Capoeira for Youth & Adults on Tuesday evenings:
Capoeira – Youth (6-11Y)
6:15-7:15pm
April 2- June 18 (12 classes)
M$96 NM$144
FREE DEMO CLASS 6:30-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Capoeira – Adult (12Y+)
7:30-8:45pm
April 2 – June 18
M$120 NM$180 (12 classes)
FREE DEMO CLASS 7:30-8:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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