Well Being

Certify Your Pet as a Therapy Dog


All dogs are special – therapy dogs are unique. If you believe in the healing power of dogs, have a love of animals, compassion for others, or face a disability that might be mitigated by a trained dog, this workshop is a must! Topics include:
• Gain an understanding of the therapy and working dog industry
• Learn terminology and current laws and regulations
• Enhance your opportunities to travel with or gain access to facilities with your dog
• Determine if you and your pet have the temperament to pass agency evaluations
• Prepare for the therapy dog’s behavioral tests and handler tests at the least cost
• Be invited to visit various facilities, such as airports, hospitals, courtrooms, schools, employment worksites, community policing, and disaster events
• Locate dog-training resources in your area
• Receive help from our ongoing post-class support for registering your dog
Concise, informative presentations combined with student questions and answer sessions make this workshop dynamic. Included is a comprehensive therapy handler resource guide with more than 70 valuable website links.

Saturday, November 6th. 9am-11am PT. $39

Offered by Pasadena City College

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Flowing Yoga I


In this beginning class you'll enjoy a moving sequence of Hatha Yoga poses for flexibility, strength and relaxation. You will learn the 12-part Sun Salutes in addition to several more yoga poses supported by yoga breathing. Leave with your body and mind refreshed and relaxed. Wear exercise clothing. Bring a sticky mat and pillow to class.

Mondays, September 13-November 29. 5:30pm-6:50pm ET. $115

Offered by Schoolcraft College

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Acupressure to Assist with Weight Loss

Acupressure is an Eastern healing technique that involves pressing or massaging key points on the body to stimulate energy flow through pathways called meridians. Learn the main pressure points that help strengthen thyroid function, boost metabolism, control appetite, decrease food cravings, reduce stress eating and strengthen the entire digestive system.

Monday, October 4th. 6pm-7:30pm CT. $29.

Offered by Anoka-Hennepin College

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Ageless Yoga

Ageless Yoga is perfect for older adults. We will move through seated, standing, traditional and modified yoga poses with additional focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, and restorative breathing promoting stress reduction and relaxation. This class is shoe-and joint-friendly and we do not get down on mats. Dress in comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. You will need a sticky yoga mat for foot grip (optional). See website for class meeting dates.

Mondays, September 13th-October 25th. 12:30pm-1:30pm CT. $55.

Offered by Anoka-Hennepin College

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Zumba Gold

Learn easy choreography to music from all over the world to improve coordination, balance and agility while having fun and working up a sweat! No experience needed. Dress in comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. You will need water and a towel. See website for class meeting dates.

Mondays, September 13th-October 25th. 11:30am-12:15pm CT. $55.

Offered by Anoka-Hennepin College

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Path to Wellness: Self Care for Tension Headaches

About 90 percent of people will have a headache at some point in their life. Stress, poor sleep hygiene, dehydration and maladaptive body mechanics may all contribute to an increase in frequency or severity of symptoms.

This wellness workshop introduces participants to the key components of a tension headache. Identify the difference between a tension and other types of headaches. Learn proper prevention strategies, and how to incorporate essential oils to support headache relief. Provide self-massage to relieve target muscles, reducing muscle pain and tension. Unravel the connection between body awareness, behavior, and pain relief. Establish the ongoing self-care techniques for mind and body wellness that support decrease in severity and frequency of headaches.

Monday, September 27th. 12pm-1pm ET. $29.

Offered by Community College of Philadelphia

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Body and Sole: Stress Relief with Hand and Foot Massages

Some cultures believe that you can affect the entire body just by massaging the reflex points on the hands and feet. In this guided journey to relaxation, examine the importance of foot and hand health. Engage in techniques that covers caring for dry skin in the winter months to promoting good foot hygiene during the heat of the summer. Learn about reflex points, common foot pathologies, a self-care stretching and massage routine for the hands and feet, and a recipe for your own peppermint foot soak.

Recommended Tools:

Peppermint and Tea Tree Essential Oils

Monday, October 25th. 6:30pm-8:30pm ET. $39.

Offered by Community College of Philadelphia

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Kick Tech Neck: Adjust, Stretch, and Strengthen

Did you suddenly find yourself working and studying from home? While this is great for less time commuting to work and more time at home with your family, most of us were not well equipped with a suitable home office. A poor office set up has contributed to short term and chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches, and reduced productivity for many.

This wellness workshop introduces learners to computer-based workspace ergonomics and its impact on musculoskeletal health to improve your self-care. The focus will be on learning proper posture and joint alignment, key workspace adjustments for each of the three corresponding body regions: wrists/neck/shoulders, back and hips/legs. Discover the connection between body awareness and pain relief. You will be guided on how to properly stretch and strengthen target muscles.

Learn simple adjustments to optimize your home workspace, understand which muscles are most vulnerable to long term computer work, and how to safely stretch and strengthen them. Walk away with effective self-care techniques to reduce muscle pain and tension, establish more effective muscle firing patterns, and implement ongoing prevention strategies.

Recommended Tools

Tennis Ball or Lacrosse Ball, Resistance Band, Yoga Mat or Towel, Timer/Stopwatch (on phone).

Monday, November 15th. 6:30pm-8:30pm ET. $39.

Offered by Community College of Philadelphia

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize and manage emotions and relationships. It's a pivotal factor in personal and professional success. IQ will get you in the door, but EQ will determine how successful you are in life. The truly extraordinary people who inspire and make a difference do so by connecting with others personally and emotionally.

This workshop focuses on the history of emotional intelligence, optimism, personal vision and values, and validating emotions in others. It teaches you techniques to understand, use and appreciate the role of EQ in the workplace.

Monday and Wednesday, October 4th and 6th. 9am-12pm ET. $179.

Offered by Community College of Philadelphia

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Managing Aggression Within the Therapeutic Process

In a world where immediate gratification is not only reinforced, but expected, it is no wonder that more and more people struggle to effectively manage their emotions and deal with frustration in healthy ways. Although resistance is a part of the therapeutic process not uncommon to clinicians, aggression can be disruptive on a multitude of levels, and even dangerous. You will become familiar with theories focusing on aggression and impulse control challenges, stages of aggression and corresponding de-escalation strategies, skills to more effectively regulate affect, and self-nurturance for client and counselor alike.
You will:
• Increase knowledge, skills, and awareness as they pertain to theoretical perspectives regarding aggression and anger management
• Gain a greater understanding of regulation of affect and the many surrounding dynamics
• Manage our own countertransference in response to aggression

Friday, November 12th. 9am-4pm ET. $149.

Offered by Tompkins Cortland Community College

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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Move better, feel better! Everything we do in life involves sensation and movement, and the Feldenkrais Method® harnesses both, using your brain’s deepest means of improvement (scientists call it “neuroplasticity”) to create change. This class uses exploratory movement and guided attention to evoke new, more efficient neuromuscular patterns, reducing pain, tension, and fatigue, and improving your coordination, flexibility, balance, strength and focus. During each class, you will be verbally guided through a sequence of movements which can improve every area of the body. Join us and learn to use your whole self more efficiently and pleasurably in all you do!

Join us online! This class will be held using the online platform, Zoom. Simply follow the provided instructions on the day and time of class and Maggie will lead you through the class from the comfort of your own home! This online class is held in partnership with multiple Community Education programs

Thursdays, September 16th-November 28th/ Thursdays, November 4th-December 23rd. 5pm-6pm CT. $79.

St. Louis Park Community Education

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Emotional Release for Inner Peace

Inner peace is impossible to maintain while we still hold on to the very feelings and beliefs that keep us from being peaceful to begin with. Trapped negative emotions like fear, anger and sorrow can disrupt the flow of vital energy in our bodies and actually sabotage our inner peace. In this single evening course, you will learn simple yet effective techniques for getting in touch with, understanding, accepting and releasing the emotions that keep us from ourselves. Nobody wants to suffer. Come learn to rest in the peaceful state of loving acceptance that is our true nature.

Monday, September 27th. 5:30pm-8pm CT. $35.

TriDistrict Community Education

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Vitamins & Herbs: Facts and Fallacies (Online)

Confusion abounds about vitamin supplements. Do you need them? Which ones are best? How do you choose? In this workshop, you will learn the 7 guidelines that determine if a supplement is well balanced or a waste of money. (The instructor DOES NOT sell any supplements). Also, we’ll discuss what current research says about: antioxidants, phytochemicals, anti-aging nutrients, colloidal minerals, chelated minerals, sustained release formulas, and herbal preparations such as Glucosamine Chondroitin, Melatonin, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Echinacea, & DHEA.

Monday, November 1st. 6pm-7:30pm CT. $25.

TriDistrict Community Education

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Chair Yoga

Also called "Mindfulness in Motion," Yoga means "weaving" or "yoking" together of mind, body and spirit. Imagine being in a relaxed yogic state and practicing wherever you sit regardless of your age, level of activity/ fitness or physical size. Chair yoga is specifically designed for those that desire an adaptive yoga program—whether for personal needs, workplace stress management, etc. You will move your entire body through its full range of motion in concert with your breathing—to balance the nervous system, elicit a deep sense of relaxation in your mind-body physiology, increase flexibility, improve strength and balance and so much more. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a yoga strap or flexible belt/tie for some of the poses. Age: 16+ years.

Monday, August 23rd-October 18th. 5:15pm-6:15pm CT. $105.

Harper College

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The ABC's of CBD (Cannabidiol)

"The ABC's of CBD - Over the past several years, CBD (Cannabidiol) has become so popular, that it is now in every imaginable product. It is being used for everything from pain to anxiety, depression to sleep, gastrointestinal problems and neurological issues. In this introductory seminar, you will learn the basics about the plant cannabinoid CBD and it's potential for your mind-body health. Although both medical marijuana and hemp contain CBD - we'll focus on the hemp plant in this seminar, given its federal legal status with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Please note that this class is not a replacement for medical attention by a health care professional as required for acute or chronic disease."

Wednesday, December 15th. 6:30pm-8:30pm CT. $59.

Harper College

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Yoga for Beginners/ Intermediate

This class is for the experienced beginner who is ready for a gentle challenge. In this class, instructor Louise Hamlin-Laird will begin with a gentle warm-up, transitioning into a flow that syncs our movement with our breath, and ending with a restorative pose to relax and stretch.

Thursdays, September 9th-November 11th. 5:30pm-6:30pm CT. $85 for all ten sessions.

Offered by Online Services and Educational Outreach

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Self-Awareness: Growing Yourself into a New You

Join us for this 5-week series where we will learn more about our self-perception and emotional intelligence. We will learn about our conscious and unconscious biases along with ways to reduce them. Garnered with this self-knowledge, we will tackle a chance goal that has been holding us back and focus on a new leadership skill set to help us make needed changes, in ourselves, and our teams.

Tuesdays, September 21st-October 19th. 6pm-8pm CT. $69.

Offered by Online Services and Educational Outreach

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Wake Up Workout - Live Online

Start your day on a positive note with a complete body workout with a warmup, strength training, core work, stretching and even some rhythmic movement to upbeat music in a “work at your own pace” format. Get comfortable being online with lots of virtual hands-on instruction and feel great! Wear loose clothing, sneakers and have water, hand weights, mat and a band or towel available. No class 10/11. Registration closes at noon on 9/10.

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Linda Holmes, certified instructor in Group Exercise, Healthways Silver Sneakers, Zumba & Zumba Gold, BTS Group Groove, and Night Club Cardio, has been dancing & teaching for 50+ years and studied all over the US.

Mondays, September 13th-November 8th. 8am-9am ET. $89.

Offered by Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Yoga for Functional Movement - Live Online

Connect with your breath and being to release habitual patterns and integrate functional movements! Functional movements are natural human movements that engage core musculature prior to global muscles, and involve transitions up and down from the ground, squats, lunges, et cetera. This yoga includes breathwork, core stability, spinal flexibility, dynamic balance and myofascial release as we explore functional neutral postures/movements. With an emphasis on spinal alignment, deep core strength and symmetry, the practice grows self-awareness and more intentional, effortless movement off the mat.
Suggested Materials: yoga mat, tennis ball/foam roller. All levels are welcome. Registration closes at noon on 9/10.
Required: Gmail account as this class will be held using GoogleMeets.

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Joy Many, DPT, KYT, is a physical therapist and Kripalu yoga teacher. She loves to work with people on the path of embodied movement, somatic awareness and nature connection.

Sundays, September 12th-October 3rd. 5pm-6pm ET. $29.

Offered by Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

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Trauma Informed Mediation

We as a society are currently experiencing a collective trauma. While the long-term impact of this global pandemic is unknown, it is imperative that we as mediators understand the concept of trauma, how it impacts the mediation session, and have tools readily available to help parties navigate the trauma-laden mediation terrain. Join Dawn Kuhlman as she explains her Trauma Informed Mediation Model as presented at the TEDxOverland Park in 2018. Visit YouTube to see the TEDx Talk Ted Talk

Common trauma responses include emotion dysregulation, physical health issues, feelings of distrust, helplessness, depression, anxiety, and grief. Secondary or vicarious trauma is a particular risk in the helping profession. This virtual session will explore the five components of this mediation model: 1. Neuroscience of trauma, 2. Transformative mediation techniques (empowerment and recognition), 3. Mindfulness of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, 4. Informally assessing client’s ability to mediate, and 5. Resilience and the use of community resources.
Registered dietitians will earn 6 contact hours. RNs and LPNs may self-submit to KSBN.

Friday, November 5th. 9am-12pm CT. $129.

Offered by JCCC Continuing Education

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Zumba Gold®

Zumba Gold® is a low impact dance fitness class that uses Latin and international rhythms. It is geared for true beginners, seniors and anyone needing lower impact, easy to follow moves. It is "exercise in disguise" because the music and movements keep you moving and help you get your heart rate up and get a great workout! Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace. No dance experience needed. There are no wrong moves!

Mondays, September 13th-October 18th. 5:30pm-6:30pm ET. $49.

Offered by Five Towns CSD Adult and Community Education

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Pilates - Gentle

This class focuses on gentle strength building via the 'core' muscles of the body. Using an anatomy-focused approach to functional movement, this class aims to increase mobility, and tone the whole body! A yoga mat is recommended, though the only requirement is some floor space. Class is not suitable for those with acute injuries.

Thursdays, September 16th-November 18th. 12pm-1pm ET. $95.

Offered by Five Towns CSD Adult and Community Education

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Mindful Yoga

Mindfully pause and reconnect. Learn yoga breathing techniques, yoga poses and sequences that build flexibility and strength, time for relaxation and reflection for Mindful Yoga Class with Karen Tripolitis.

Fridays, September 29th-November 17th. 5:30pm-6:30pm ET. $55.

Offered by Five Towns CSD Adult and Community Education

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