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YMCA Calgary Volunteer Raising Funds for YMCA Ukraine

Ukraine Fundraiser

YMCA volunteer Analu Lobos is raising funds to support YMCA Ukraine to assist families affected by the conflict.

With an information table in Eau Claire YMCA and a display of photos showing the diversity, natural beauty, architecture, culture and people of Ukraine, Analu is hoping to spread awareness of the beautiful country.

She spent 6 months in the Ukraine in 2013 as part of the International Youth Internship Program (YMCA Calgary and CIDA) to start a local YMCA in Kyiv. She recruited the initial volunteers and helped them gather resources and begin programming for children and youth.

The violence in Ukraine has directly impacted the YMCA there; two YMCA volunteers have been killed. YMCA Ukraine is supporting the families of those affected by the violence and helping with clean up in their communities.

For Analu, gathering funds here is a way to let her friends in Ukraine know they are cared for. “Not able to be there with the people who became my family, I feel displaced and helpless. The money and the emotional support that we can send means a lot to them, that they matter to us,” she says.

Photos are for sale by donation at Analu’s booth until 6pm, Friday, February 28, 2014. Prints will be available for pick up at Eau Claire next week. All funds raised will be transferred directly to YMCA Ukraine to help with relief efforts.

YMCA Calgary has been partners with YMCA Ukraine since 2006. There are now 21 local YMCA Associations in Ukraine – all led by volunteer presidents – and all with a dynamic, young core of volunteers who deliver programs and services to children and youth in their communities with the hope that they can be the generation that leads true change in their country.

 


Exercise Class Try Outs #2: The Worx

I’ve decided to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone – Try out different fitness classes offered at YMCA Calgary locations.

I will document my experience in each new class here on the YMCA Calgary blog.

The Worx

I decided to try this group fitness class simply because I walked past it one day and it looked like fun. The class is described as:

Total body conditioning class combining circuit training, cardio & strength intervals, and agility drills; this class also focuses on core stabilization and balance.

It was fun! I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow, but a good sore I assure you.

The Worx is a large group fitness class where you simply follow what the instructor does. Cathi at Eau Claire called out instructions and encouragement as we did some cardio and free weights.

We had music going as we stepped and squatted at our steppers, and did bicep curls, punches, shoulder presses, and tricep dips with free weights.

It was energetic and tiring. Lots of reps and constant movement make for an all-around whole body workout.

As a first-timer I was a little scared, but it was easy to follow along and Cathi gave us lots of little breaks to rest our muscles and get a sip of water. She also demonstrated variations of the movements for those wanting the easier version or the tougher one.

The Worx was definitely a little bit of everything. I’m glad I went…we’ll see how glad my muscles are tomorrow.

Fitness class


New Karma Yoga Class

Group yoga class

A new Karma Yoga class begins at Eau Claire YMCA on Thursday, March 6, 2014. This drop-in class will run from 12:50-1:30 in Studio C/D.

Karma yoga is a gentle, yoga-based class. It revitalizes body & spirit by blending practices of breathing techniques, stress reduction, flexibility and muscular strength.

Yoga classes at YMCA Calgary locations are taught by certified yoga instructors. This class is suitable for beginners.

Go ahead – get your yogi on!


5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do at the YMCA

Squash

The Eau Claire YMCA has 2 squash/racquetball courts. You can book online or by talking to member services. There are even racquets you can use.

Tai Chi

There are multiple Tai Chi classes offered throughout the week at a number of YMCA Calgary locations. This ancient martial art is about centering your focus and improving your mental and physical stamina. Other martial arts offered include Hap Ki Do, Capoeira, Karate

Parkour

Parkour is a whole body sport aimed at getting around the urban landscape in the quickest, most efficient way possible – using only your body and your surroundings.

It uses movements like rolls, jumps and climbing in combination with free running; freestyle gymnastics. Youth can learn moves to scale walls, jump gaps, balance on rails, and climb poles. There are classes offered to youth at a number of YMCA Calgary locations.

Belly dancing and Social Dance

Move your hips and learn to coordinate dancing with a veil in belly dancing classes with other women. Or, as a couple, you can learn the basic steps for classic dances like the Fox Trot, Rhumba, Waltz, Jive and Two Step.

There’s even a children’s cooking class for 3-5 year olds!

The South Health Campus YMCA is part of the South Health Campus Wellness Centre which includes a Wellness Kitchen. The Cookie Monster’s class gives kids the opportunity to learn about nutrition and food preparation by making some simple and easy recipes. And they get to eat what they make!
Check out our program guides to learn more about the classes and programs available to you and your family!!

Registration (members) for Spring and Summer sessions opens February 24.

Saddletowne Program Guide Cover


 

 

 


Exercise Class Try Outs #1: Yoga

I’ve decided to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone – Try out different fitness classes offered at YMCA Calgary locations.

I will document my experience in each new class here on the YMCA Calgary blog.

Group yoga class

Yoga – Passive

I was invited to participate in a lunchtime yoga class. The program guide describes it as:

Tune in to your true self and find peace and belonging within. This yoga class will guide you through slow poses, breath work and meditation in a serene atmosphere intended to create calm, restore energy and promote healing in mind, body and spirit.

I was a little hesitant. I’ve never taken a real yoga class before. I’ve done yoga at home with friends following a video, I’ve done yoga-like classes at the dance studio I danced at when I was younger, but never a real yoga class.

Thankfully, my coworkers who invited me to come along were very welcoming and even set out a mat for me while I changed.

The instructor was very welcoming, came over and introduced herself. The other participants in the class smiled or said hello, or just focused on their breathing and relaxation while lying on their mats waiting for the class to start.

Yoga-passive is a slow moving class focused on breathing. I found it easy to follow along. The instructor demonstrated each pose or movement while describing it in a soft voice. I felt both relaxed and invigorated during this class. I felt like I got a workout but didn’t feel tired like I had just gone running or weightlifting.

Some of the poses were easy for me. Others were more difficult. But looking around the room I did not feel out of place – everyone else was good at some poses and not so good at others.

I’ll be honest though – yoga, even passive yoga – is still a workout.

I was sore for a couple of days after this class. The workout comes from moving and lifting your bodyweight in poses like downward dog.

I think I’ll continue with yoga – I like that it is a stress-reliever, a relaxation, and a workout all at the same time.

Check out this infographic to find out more about the benefits of yoga.


Short & Sweet

It’s that time again, Short & Sweet Programming is being offered, set to begin next week!
This winter, Shawnessy YMCA is featuring 3 Short & Sweet (6 week) options for you to try out:

Aqua Boot Camp (ABC) – Mondays at 9:30am – ABC will challenge your senses, pushing you harder than in any other Aquatic Fitness class you’ve tried before!
Pre-Natal Yoga – Thursdays at 6:30pm – Calling all Moms-to-be!  Pre-Natal yoga will teach you relaxation techniques, breathing, and centering for the big day.  It will also focus on postures and positions that have proven to be helpful for you when bringing your bundle of joy into the world.
Stress Reduction & Meditation – Fridays at 11:00am – Let go of stresses that affect your daily life and find peace within.  This class is designed to allow you the time to learn how to truly relax and take time out of your day for yourself.

Short Sessions, Sweet Prices!


Weekend Preschool Classes

We are offering two awesome weekend programs for Preschoolers!

Imagination Station runs on Saturdays from 11:00 am -12:00 pm. Give your child the opportunity to explore both the preschool gym and the classroom with Imagination Station. A great introduction to a programmed setting.

Course Code: 86361   cost: M: $88 NM:$110 (cost will be prorated, meaning you will not pay for the first two classes)

We are also very excited to offer a second Billy Goats Climbing class on Sundays from 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm and Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm. This class will run for the duration February.

First class: Monday, February 10th at 3:30 pm

Course code: 92991 M: $44 NM: $52

First class: Sunday, February 2nd at 12:00 pm

Course code: 92992 M: $44 NM: $52

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call

Preschool Director: Shay O’Brien: 403-537-2712

To register please call the Saddletowne Ymca front desk:

403-237-2393


Weekend Preschool Classes

We are offering two awesome weekend programs for Preschoolers!

Imagination Station runs on Saturdays from 11:00 am -12:00 pm. Give your child the opportunity to explore both the preschool gym and the classroom with Imagination Station. A great introduction to a programmed setting.

Course Code: 86361   cost: M: $88 NM:$110 (cost will be prorated, meaning you will not pay for the first two classes)

We are also very excited to offer a second Billy Goats Climbing class on Sundays from 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm and Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm. This class will run for the duration February.

First class: Monday, February 10th at 3:30 pm

Course code: 92991 M: $44 NM: $52

First class: Sunday, February 2nd at 12:00 pm

Course code: 92992 M: $44 NM: $52

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call

Preschool Director: Shay O’Brien: 403-537-2712

To register please call the Saddletowne Ymca front desk:

403-237-2393


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