Sports, Fitness and Health Classes

Sports, Fitness and Health

111  Hatha Yoga    Instructor: Jim Eagle Feather Holley, certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Hatha yoga for both beginning and intermediate students will include breathing techniques, yoga postures and meditation. A regular yoga practice can improve flexibility and strength and relieve stress and tension.  Wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Eight Wednesdays beginning April 19 at 11:15 a.m.

Location:  St. Marks Parish Hall on Main Street in New Milford

Fee:  $40.00


112  Adaptive Chair Yoga    Instructor:  Jim Eagle Feather Holley, certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor

This adaptive yoga class allows the student to receive the same benefits as a regular yoga practice while in the comfort and security of a chair.  Yoga movements are gentle and easy and can be adapted to the individual’s physical ability.  Each class will include breathing techniques, yoga postures and will conclude with meditation.  Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing; no mats needed.

Eight Wednesdays beginning April 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Location:  St. Marks Parish Hall on Main Street in New Milford

Fee:  $40.00


113  Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention    Instructor: Janna Rudler, licensed trainer

Endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation of America and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this program has been proven to reduce pain in people living with arthritis and to reduce falls in older adults.  This easy to learn Tai Chi program will improve balance, confidence and muscular strength while relieving stress and promoting relaxation and improved quality of life.

Four weeks WITH 2 SESSIONS WEEKLY  (Wednesdays and Fridays) beginning Wednesday, April 5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Location:  Bridgewater Church Building in Montrose (next to Montrose Square)

Fee:  $40.00  (scholarships available; call 570-278-3452 or 570-432-0184)


 114   Slow Flow Yoga    Instructor: Janna Rudler, licensed yoga teacher

Slow Flow Yoga is for students of all levels focusing on breath awareness and yoga posture alignment.  An unhurried class performed at the speed of the breath, this class will improve overall strength and flexibility, balance, mental calmness and focus.  Participants will leave feeling relaxed and energized and more confident in their bodies.  Bring a yoga mat.

Eight Thursdays beginning April 6 at 5:45 p.m.

Location:  Bridgewater Church Building in Montrose (next to Montrose Square)

Fee:  $40.00


115 Beginning Mahjong    Instructor, Nancy Donnelly, Mahjong enthusiast   This class is full

Mahjong is a game of skill and strategy originating in China hundreds of years ago.  It uses a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.  It is similar to a card game of rummy.  This is an introductory course of 4 sessions to get you started. This class is taught by a long-time player eager to establish Mahjong players in the Montrose community.

Four Wednesdays in JULY beginning July 5 at 1:00 p.m.  This  class is full

Location:  St. Paul’s Church in Montrose

Fee:  $20.00


116  Zumba Gold    Instructor:  Joyce Jennings, licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor

This popular class is open to both men and women over 40. Zumba Gold is gaining in popularity with America’s older adults.  You will definitely love this class if you want to keep moving.  Bring water and a towel and wear comfortable clothes and footwear.  Bad knees, back or ankles?  Moves can be modified or you can sit out a song if you need to.  Just make up your own moves if you get lost. Come join this fun, high energy, low pressure atmosphere and enjoy yourself.  The time will fly and the calories will burn!

Eight Thursdays beginning April 20 at 10:00 a.m

Location:  Bridgewater Church Building in Montrose

Fee:  $40.00


117   Introduction to Pickleball     Instructor:  Eric Lyman, pickleball player

Have you heard about pickleball?…the new racquet sport that is ‘sweeping the country’!  The adult school has been teaching beginning classes for 3 terms and is repeating the opportunity this spring on the new courts at Memorial Park in Montrose.  After you take the class, you can begin playing regularly with the newly formed Pickleball Club members every week.  Pickleball uses a smaller court than tennis, a wooden racquet and a plastic ball.  It is an easy game for beginners to learn; it is aerobic and a lot of fun.   Balls and practice racquets are provided.

Four Wednesdays beginning May 3 at either

A. 10:00 a.m. or B.  6:00 p.m.  (Indicate on registration form for which session you are registering.

Location:  Pickleball courts (next to Basketball court) in Memorial Park (Jackson St) in Montrose

Fee:  $20.00


118  Beginning Tai Chi     Instructor:  Andrew Gardner, certified Tai Chi teacher

In this class you will learn a Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan from Andrew Gardner who has been practicing Tai Chi for nearly 30 years.  He studied with Master William Chen in New York City who was a disciple of Chen Man Ching in Taiwan, the last acknowledged grand master at that time.  Although Tai Chi is a defensive martial art, or inner martial art, it is more widely practiced as a form of meditation and for its benefits to general health and well being.

Eight Mondays beginning April 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Location:  St. Marks Parish Hall in New Milford

Fee:  $40.00


119  Zumba Fitness    Instructor:  Cassandra Blass, Zumba teacher

Zumba is a fast moving aerobic dance form to lively music with patterned steps you learn by following the instructor.  Cass has been teaching Zumba for the adult school for many years and continues to lend her amazing enthusiasm and energy to this weekly workout.  Anyone is welcome whether or not you have tried Zumba before; it’s fun and you burn a lot of calories.

Eight Mondays beginning April 3 at 6:30 p.m. No class Easter Monday or Memorial Day

Location:  Lathrop Street School Gym (to the right as you walk in the front entrance)

Fee:  $40.00


120  Golf for Beginners and Experienced Players    Instructor:  Ed DeWitt, avid golfer  This class is full

This is a 6 week course for adults who may be just learning the game or have had experience but want to improve their game.  The course will focus on the fundamentals of golf and include instruction on proper grip, stance, elements of the swing and chipping and putting techniques.  The class will consist of individual and group instruction and then learning those skills by hitting many golf balls on a practice range.  The last class will consist of putting the instruction to use by actually playing golf on the Montrose Club course.  Each student should bring his/her own clubs, balls and tees.  Class limit: 8

Six Tuesdays beginning May 2 at 6:00 p.m.  This class is full

Location:  Montrose Club on Lake Avenue

Fee:  $30.00


121   Bridge Marathon    Coordinator:  Mary Lee Fitzgerald  This class is full

Last October, 32 enthusiastic bridge players of all levels, gathered in the Rosemont Inn on Friday evening for a weekend of play and socializing.  Mary Poplawski, from the Bridge Studio in Vestal, taught 4 introductory sessions to 12 beginners; the other 20 experienced players played four rounds of 4 hands each, totaling their scores after each round with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners announced mid-afternoon on Saturday.  This was not ‘cut-throat’ duplicate!!  It was rather an opportunity to play with and meet new players, talk about bidding, discuss hands and learn a new strategy or two.  We are repeating the opportunity in May and hope to add more players to the roster.   All levels welcome (no separate class for rank beginners).

Friday evening (7 to 9), May 12 and Saturday, May 13 from 9 2:00 p.m.

Location: (New venue) 365 Lake Avenue, Montrose

Fee:  $20.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)


122  Horseback Riding    Instructor, Jen Joines, riding instructor Unity Stables  This class has been canceled

Ever wish you had learned to ride a horse?   Did you ride many years ago but would like to get back into the saddle?   No matter the age or experience, you can learn the fundamentals of pleasure riding in this 4 week course.  If you do not own boots, you should wear solid shoes with a heel (no sneakers).  Class size limited to 4.

Four Tuesdays beginning April 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Location:  Unity Stables has moved from its previous Laurel Lake location to the beautiful (and awesome) location in Binghamton (previously owned by South Wind Equestrian Center) which is on Mill Street (next to the Binghamton Tennis Center).

Fee:  $20.00 plus $25.00 (per week) rental of horse and tack.


 123 Introduction to  Drumming     Instructor:  Berneice Brownell, drummer

This class is an introduction to an experience created around rhythm and the sound of the drum.  Drumming is a healthy and fun activity that can be enjoyed in a group setting together with drummers of all levels.  It is the perfect class for anyone interested in participating in a drum circle.  Hand drums and percussion will be used and some drums are available.  If you own your own, please bring it in and let us know on your registration if you will be bringing your own.  Class limit:  8.

Four Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:00 noon beginning March 25.

Location:  Drummer’s home on Route 29N.  Directions will be sent by instructor.

Fee:  $20.00