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    • March 04, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    March 4–May 6

    Thursdays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is online (ZOOM) ONLY! Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    Over the next several weeks, we will follow the Science of Well Being curriculum developed by Dr. Lori Santos of Yale University and explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more.

    We’ll then have a chance to put these scientific findings into practice by building the sorts of habits that will allow us to live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

    Most importantly, we will gather weekly on ZOOM to share our ideas and experiences and deeply connect with one another. Jean Kathryn Carlson, brings a rich background of conducting gatherings where each participant is encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in a safe container. Consider inviting a friend to join you on this journey. The more connection, the better!

    This course will take place every Thursday from March 4th through May 6th. Taking part for the whole thing is ideal, but registration will remain open throughout the series. 

    In these times of restricted social engagement and physical touch, it is more important than ever to gather virtually in community to practice the science of well-being and the art of joyful living.

    We wanted to make this program accessible to all who may need it during this challenging time, so registration is available for free if you cannot afford it. 

    Over the next several weeks, we will follow the Science of Well Being curriculum developed by Dr. Lori Santos of Yale University and explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more.

    We’ll then have a chance to put these scientific findings into practice by building the sorts of habits that will allow us to live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

    Most importantly, we will gather weekly on ZOOM to share our ideas and experiences and deeply connect with one another. Jean Kathryn Carlson, brings a rich background of conducting gatherings where each participant is encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in a safe container. Consider inviting a friend to join you on this journey. The more connection, the better!

    This course will take place every Thursday from March 4th through May 6th. Taking part for the whole thing is ideal, but registration will remain open throughout the series. 

    In these times of restricted social engagement and physical touch, it is more important than ever to gather virtually in community to practice the science of well-being and the art of joyful living.

    We wanted to make this program accessible to all who may need it during this challenging time, so registration is available for free if you cannot afford it. 

    • March 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • May 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

    11:45 am–12:45 pm

    Instructor: Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109, Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Two left feet? Love Zoomba but need something low impact? No problem! In this 8-week course, Freya will lead you through dance & yoga based stretches to increase flexibility, balance, and strength. Then she will get your heart rate up through low impact drills using fusion belly dance moves that anyone can do regardless of your fitness level or dance experience. These combinations are a fun cardio workout that will strengthen muscles, increase joint stability, and boost your cardio fitness.  And without realizing it, you’ll learn some sassy dance moves too! 

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled ballet shoes or socks only in the studio.

    Register by: 3/15

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. New students can try their first class free! 

    • March 17, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • May 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 2
    Register

    Wednesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

    6:00–7:00 pm

    Instructor: Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 8-week beginning course, learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), socks or soft ballet shoes only in the yoga studio.

    Register by: 1/18 or 2 days before a single session.

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. New students can try their first class free!

    • March 17, 2021
    • 7:15 PM (CDT)
    • May 05, 2021
    • 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays,  March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

    7:15–8:15 pm

    Facilitator:  Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Prerequisite: Either one Intro to Belly Dance course or previous training in another belly dance class.  Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. You will have fun while building confidence, strength & grace. In this 8-week intermediate course, we will build upon the foundational moves learned in the Intro class. Short combinations & choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Choreography will become more complex as we begin to layer multiple moves into the dance or incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals. Props will be available to borrow in class.  For those who want their own, a limited number of props & hip scarves are available for purchase from the instructor. 

    Come in yoga pants, leggings or other attire that allows full range of motion. No baggy shirts, baggy pants or long skirts as it’s important for you and the instructor to see your body positions. Also, a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips is helpful to see your hip movements in the mirror.  Socks, barefoot, or soft soled ballet shoes only in the studio!

    Register by: 3/15

    • March 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies
    Register

    Fridays, March 19, April 2, 16, 30

    1:00–2:00 pm

    Please follow Covid social distancing recommendations and bring face masks.

    It can be hard to find the motivation to get up and go outside, even though we know how beneficial it is. Keeping active and getting fresh air is fantastic for our mental and physical health. We are now offering this fun, hiking group every other Friday for those that can't make the Wednesday ones.  It will give you that needed inspiration to get outside, stay active and take in nature, all while being able to connect with others and make new friends.

    This group is led by various Womanspace staff members. It moves around to different, beautiful hiking trails in our region…some paved, some not. You do the distance you want to do. After registering, you will be sent an email two days before each hike letting you know what location we will be at and where to meet. 

    This group is free and accessible to all, although we are always grateful for donations!

    Donate Now

    Can't make it on Fridays? Check out other free hikes throughout Winnebago County with:


    • March 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • May 08, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    Saturdays,  March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

    10:00–11:00 am

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 8-week beginner course, you will learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), socks or soft ballet shoes only in the yoga studio.

     Register by: 3/18  or 2 days before a single session.  Try your first class for free!



    • April 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 29, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    9:30–10:45 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online only (Zoom) recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/ stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, blocks and straps ready, if you have them.

    Register at least two days before each session.

    • April 01, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • April 29, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room or Pavillion (weather pending)
    • 2
    Register

    Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Instructor:  Beth Campisi

    Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 and face masks are required.

    Sign up for this 5 week session or individual sessions!

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome…can even be done sitting down! 

    Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums for a fun, high energy workout. It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, an exercise ball stand and rhythmic moves to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do — you won’t want to stop.

    Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate to help burn those calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.

    Equipment needed: 65 cm exercise ball (limited supply available for purchase $15), a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on (limited supply available for purchase $5), and 5A basic drum sticks. 

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • April 02, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 7
    Register

    Fridays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.   

    • April 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

    11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • April 07, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • April 28, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 7

    Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28  

    12:00 –1:00 pm

    Instructor: Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Two left feet? Love Zoomba but need something low impact? No problem! In this 4-week course, Freya will lead you through dance & yoga based stretches to increase flexibility, balance, and strength.  Then she will get your heart rate up through low impact drills using fusion belly dance moves that anyone can do regardless of your fitness level or dance experience. These combinations are a fun cardio workout that will strengthen muscles, increase joint stability, and boost your cardio fitness.  And without realizing it, you’ll learn some sassy dance moves too! 

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled ballet shoes or socks only in the studio.

    Register by: 4/05

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    • May 01, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Womanspace Labyrinth
    • 20
    Register

    Saturday, May 1

    12:30–2:00pm

    Facilitator:  Barrie Gibby

    Social distancing and face masks required.

    This free annual event is a worldwide act of solidarity and unity. People from around the globe gather at this time to broaden worldwide connections of peace and harmony and to establish a strong statement of the oneness of journeying together…especially after this tumultuous year. 

    As a symbol of life’s journey for almost 5000 years, the labyrinth has become a vehicle for profound transformations. Join this reflective and celebrative time on the single path that circuitously winds its way to the center and back out into the world. Womanspace has a beautiful one! Bring prayers of peace and healing as we walk together as one. 

    This event will happen rain or shine.  If necessary, we celebrate in our Anjali Pavilion.

    Register by: 4/29

    • May 03, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 8
    Register

    Monday, May 3, 10, 17, 24

    1:30- 2:30pm

    Instructor:  Nancy Mayhew

    Social distancing and face masks are required.

    Qigong is a gentle exercise system with relaxed exercise and regulation of mind and breath. It has gentle flowing stretches and soft, rhythmic movements performed with focus. Qigong improves all of the functions of the body including the digestive, nervous and immune system. It also improves core strength and posture while increasing flexibility. It can be practiced either standing or sitting. All ages and abilities are welcome.

    Register by: 5/1

    • May 03, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    Mondays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28

    2:30–3:30 pm

    Instructor:  Nancy Mayhew

    Social distancing and face masks are required.

    Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that descends from Qigong, an ancient Chinese discipline that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. This 8-week course has both physical and mental benefits. If done regularly, it improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Many older people find that it boosts their energy, stamina, agility, sharpens their reflexes, and gives an overall sense of well-being.

    Register by: 5/1


    • May 03, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online ZOOM
    • 9
    Register

    Mondays,  May 3, 10, 17, 24

    7:00–8:00 pm


    Facilitator: Melissa Paluzzi


    This class is on Zoom . Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. 

    This series of classes will help you connect with your inner guidance, enhance your extra senses and trust your knowings. This class will also include grounding practices, and other aids to enhance and amplify your innate intuitive assets.

    Register by: 5/1

    • May 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • May 26, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Anjali Pavilion at Womanspace
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

    10:00 –11:00 am

    Instructor: Freya

    NOTE:  This class is being held in the Anjali Pavilion at Womanspace (NOT AT INSPIRED YOGA STUDIO!)

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Two left feet? Love Zoomba but need something low impact? No problem! In this 4-week course, Freya will lead you through dance & yoga based stretches to increase flexibility, balance, and strength.  Then she will get your heart rate up through low impact drills using fusion belly dance moves that anyone can do regardless of your fitness level or dance experience. These combinations are a fun cardio workout that will strengthen muscles, increase joint stability, and boost your cardio fitness.  And without realizing it, you’ll learn some sassy dance moves too! 

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled ballet shoes or socks only in the studio.

    Register by: 5/03 or 2 days before a single session.

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    • May 06, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • May 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room or Pavillion (weather pending)
    • 10
    Register

    Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27

    Instructor:  Beth Campisi

    Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 and face masks are required.

    Sign up for this 4 week session or individual sessions!

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome…can even be done sitting down! 

    Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums for a fun, high energy workout. It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, an exercise ball stand and rhythmic moves to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do — you won’t want to stop.

    Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate to help burn those calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.

    Equipment needed: 65 cm exercise ball, a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on and 5A basic drum sticks. Purchase a set from Womanspace for $20 (limited supply)

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • May 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 17 sessions
    • Varies
    Register

    May 7, 21, June 4, 18, July 9, 23, August 6, 20

    Fridays, 1:00–2:00 pm

    Please follow Covid social distancing recommendations and bring face masks.

    It can be hard to find the motivation to get up and go outside even though we know how beneficial it is. Keeping active and getting fresh air is fantastic for our mental and physical health. Join this wonderful hiking group! It will give you that needed inspiration to get outside, stay active and take in nature, all while being able to connect with others and make new friends.

    This group is led by various Womanspace staff members. It moves around to different, beautiful hiking trails in our region…some paved, some not. You do the distance you want to do. After registering, you will be sent an email two days before each hike letting you know what location we will be at and where to meet.

    This group is free and accessible to all, although donations are always accepted!

     Donate Now

    Can't make it on Fridays? Check out other free hikes throughout Winnebago County with:

    • May 11, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online ZOOM
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesday,  May 11

    12:00–1:00 pm


    Facilitator: Melissa Paluzzi


    This class is on Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. 

    Hypnosis has been around for centuries, but so many in this day and age are unaware of the many benefits that hypnosis has to offer for personal healing and growth. The gamut of uses for hypnosis runs from releasing addictions to spiritual healing! Spend some time with Melissa, who will explain the process of hypnosis and bust those myths and misconceptions!

    Register by: 5/9

    • May 12, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • June 30, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays,  May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    6:00–7:00 pm

    Instructor: Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 8-week beginner course, learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), socks or soft ballet shoes only in the yoga studio.

    Register by: 7/05  or 2 days before a single session.

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 8-week beginner course, learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), socks or soft ballet shoes only in the yoga studio.

    • May 12, 2021
    • 7:15 PM (CDT)
    • June 30, 2021
    • 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    7:15–8:15p

    Facilitator:  Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Prerequisite: Either one Intro to Belly Dance course or previous training in another belly dance class. Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. You will have fun while building confidence, strength & grace. In this 8-week intermediate course, we will build upon the foundational moves learned in the Intro class. Short combinations & choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Choreography will become more complex as we begin to layer multiple moves into the dance or incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals. Props will be available to borrow in class.  For those who want their own, a limited number of props & hip scarves are available for purchase from the instructor. 

    Come in yoga pants, leggings or other attire that allows full range of motion. No baggy shirts, baggy pants or long skirts as it’s important for you and the instructor to see your body positions. Also, a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips is helpful to see your hip movements in the mirror.  Socks, barefoot, or soft soled ballet shoes only in the studio!

    Register by: 5/10

    • May 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    Register

    Saturday, May 15

    9:00 am–12:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Barrie Carter Gibby

    Social distancing and face masks are required.


    "Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

    How can we access the gift of tree wisdom into our changing life seasons? How can we celebrate that partnership on the labyrinth? As pilgrims, we gather in circle on the labyrinth, whose quadrants echo the cycles of tree life and our own. Honoring our “soul tree” and the Celtic Tree Zodiac, we will harvest seeds of Birth Time and explore pathways for an awakened consciousness of harmonious earth partnerships. This embodied journey with the archetype of the labyrinth includes rituals, journal prompts, simple movement, chants, and expanded imaginings. Dress for the weather and bring your favorite writing materials.

    Advanced Registration is required.  Register by 5/13



    • May 15, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • June 26, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • NSPIRED Yoga Studio - 6451 E. Riverside Blvd, #109
    • 8
    Register

    Saturdays, May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26  (7-week course)

    10:00–11:00 am

    Instructor: Freya

    Held at Nspired Yoga, 6451 E. Riverside Blvd., Suite 109,  Rockford

    Class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 7-week beginner course, you will learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), socks or soft ballet shoes only in the yoga studio.

    Register by: 5/13

    • June 02, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • June 30, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Anjali Pavilion at Womanspace
    • 8
    Register

    Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    10:00 –11:00 am

    Instructor: Freya

    NOTE:  This class is being held in the Anjali Pavilion at Womanspace (NOT AT INSPIRED YOGA STUDIO!)

    Class size limited. Social distancing & face masks are required.

    Two left feet? Love Zoomba but need something low impact? No problem! In this 5-week course, Freya will lead you through dance & yoga based stretches to increase flexibility, balance, and strength.  Then she will get your heart rate up through low impact drills using fusion belly dance moves that anyone can do regardless of your fitness level or dance experience. These combinations are a fun cardio workout that will strengthen muscles, increase joint stability, and boost your cardio fitness.  And without realizing it, you’ll learn some sassy dance moves too! 

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled ballet shoes or socks only in the studio.

    Register by: 5/31 or 2 days before a single session.

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    • June 03, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • June 24, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room or Pavillion (weather pending)
    • 10
    Register

    Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24

    Instructor:  Beth Campisi

    Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 and face masks are required.

    Sign up for this 4 week session or individual sessions!

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome…can even be done sitting down! 

    Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums for a fun, high energy workout. It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, an exercise ball stand and rhythmic moves to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do — you won’t want to stop.

    Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate to help burn those calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.

    Equipment needed: 65 cm exercise ball, a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on and 5A basic drum sticks. Purchase a set from Womanspace for $20 (limited supply)

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • June 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    Monday, June 7, 14, 21, 28

    1:30- 2:30pm

    Instructor:  Nancy Mayhew

    Social distancing and face masks are required.

    Qigong is a gentle exercise system with relaxed exercise and regulation of mind and breath. It has gentle flowing stretches and soft, rhythmic movements performed with focus. Qigong improves all of the functions of the body including the digestive, nervous and immune system. It also improves core strength and posture while increasing flexibility. It can be practiced either standing or sitting. All ages and abilities are welcome.

    Register by: 6/5

    • June 12, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Saturday,  June 12

    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Instructor: Debby Gaines

    Class size limited and face masks are required.

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki One, you will learn the hand positions for self-healing and for the healing treatment of others.  We will talk about the seven major chakras and the history of the Usui System of Natural Healing.  You will receive your first attunement. We will also have time to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes.

    Register by:  6/10

    • June 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Sunday, June 13

    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Instructor: Debby Gaines

    Class size limited and face masks are required.

    Prerequisite: Completion of Reiki I.  You can take them both in the same weekend.

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki Two, you will learn symbols and mantras to focus and deepen the healing treatment of the Reiki energy. We will talk about the sacredness of the Reiki symbols. We will also begin to learn ways to send Reiki through time and distance, allowing healing in the past to improve the present. Time will be allotted to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.  

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes.  Bring a sack lunch.

    Register by:  6/10


    • June 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online ZOOM
    • 10
    Register

    Monday,  June 14

    7:00–8:00 pm


    Facilitator: Melissa Paluzzi


    This class is on Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    Hypnosis has been around for centuries, but so many in this day and age are unaware of the many benefits that hypnosis has to offer for personal healing and growth. The gamut of uses for hypnosis runs from releasing addictions to spiritual healing! Spend some time with Melissa, who will explain the process of hypnosis and bust those myths and misconceptions!

    Register by: 6/12

    • July 01, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • July 29, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Media Room or Pavillion (weather pending)
    • 10
    Register

    Thursdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Instructor:  Beth Campisi

    Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 and face masks are required.

    Sign up for this 5 week session or individual sessions!

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome…can even be done sitting down! 

    Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums for a fun, high energy workout. It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, an exercise ball stand and rhythmic moves to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do — you won’t want to stop.

    Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate to help burn those calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.

    Equipment needed: 65 cm exercise ball, a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on and 5A basic drum sticks. Purchase a set from Womanspace for $20 (limited supply)

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • July 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • July 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    Mondays, July, 5, 12, 19, 26

    1:30- 2:30pm

    Instructor:  Nancy Mayhew

    Social distancing and face masks are required.

    Qigong is a gentle exercise system with relaxed exercise and regulation of mind and breath. It has gentle flowing stretches and soft, rhythmic movements performed with focus. Qigong improves all of the functions of the body including the digestive, nervous and immune system. It also improves core strength and posture while increasing flexibility. It can be practiced either standing or sitting. All ages and abilities are welcome.

    Register by: 7/3

    • July 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    Mondays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23

    2:30–3:30 pm

    Instructor:  Nancy Mayhew

    Social distancing and face masks are required.

    Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that descends from Qigong, an ancient Chinese discipline that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. This 8-week course has both physical and mental benefits. If done regularly, it improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Many older people find that it boosts their energy, stamina, agility, sharpens their reflexes, and gives an overall sense of well-being.

    Registration required by: 7/3


    • July 07, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • July 28, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)