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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 08, 2021
    • 10:30 AM (CST)
    • April 26, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Monday, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

    10:30–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Jaymee Fedor

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

    Learn the basics of drawing in this 8 week class. This class is perfect for absolute beginners who can't even draw a stick figure, though more advanced students may appreciate a refresher, too! We will draw from observation and from photographs, and learn various techniques for improving our hand-eye coordination. You will learn that drawing is not a “natural” talent, but a skill that can be learned and practiced! No previous drawing experience is necessary. All supplies are provided!

    Register by: 3/06

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

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    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!



    • March 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 29, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Thursdays,  6:30-8:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Sharon Nesbit-Davis

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

    This six-week course expands on the previous two-hour workshop.  Empowering yourself in a world that profits from your insecurities is a rebellious act. Living authentically is a beautiful form of rebellion. Writing can help us find our authenticity and release our wild and wonderful selves. Sharon Nesbit-Davis, author of INTENDED — A Marriage in Black & White will lead explorations in writing to reflect who we’ve been, who we are, and who we want to be. Sessions will be held on Zoom. All levels of writing experience are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: We will not critique or evaluate work. Sharing your work will be welcome, but is always optional.

    Supplies needed: writing utensil, paper (preferred). Devices may be used if that is more comfortable for the participant. 

    Sessions will include:

    • Meditative Writing
    • Welcoming our Wild Woman
    • Going Naked-Memoir Writing
    • Reflections on this Moment in our Collective Lives

    Register by 3/23

    This six-week course expands on the previous two-hour workshop.  Empowering yourself in a world that profits from your insecurities is a rebellious act. Living authentically is a beautiful form of rebellion. Writing can help us find our authenticity and release our wild and wonderful selves. Sharon Nesbit-Davis, author of INTENDED — A Marriage in Black & White will lead explorations in writing to reflect who we’ve been, who we are, and who we want to be. Sessions will be held on Zoom. All levels of writing experience are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: We will not critique or evaluate work. Sharing your work will be welcome, but is always optional.

    Supplies needed: writing utensil, paper (preferred). Devices may be used if that is more comfortable for the participant. 

    Sessions will include:

    • Meditative Writing
    • Welcoming our Wild Woman
    • Going Naked-Memoir Writing
    • Reflections on this Moment in our Collective Lives
    • March 31, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • May 05, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays,  March 31,  April 7, 21, 28, May 5

    9:30a–12:30p

    Facilitator: Delores Burkholder

    Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and the wearing of a face mask is required.

    Age 18+. Intermediate–Advanced. Join this fun, free form handbuilding clay class and create something you are interested in . We use forms, natural elements, and your imagination to build practical, unusual or whimsical forms with guidance from the instructor. Lots of tools to play with, lots of colors to choose from. So many choices for you to enjoy. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.

    Register by: 3/29



    • 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 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 5
    Register

    Mondays, April 5, 12, 19, 26

    (Note: Day changed from Tuesdays to Mondays)

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

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

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Suggested equipment: yoga mat/rug, blanket, pillow.

    Register by 4/04  or two days before each class.

    • April 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • April 26, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 0
    Registration is closed