Grace Cottage offers fall fitness classes

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TOWNSHEND — Starting after Labor Day, Grace Cottage Hospical will offer a variety of wellness classes for a range of fitness levels and personal preferences. Class choices are yoga, tai chi, and Strong Bones. Class fees are subsidized by the healthcare center so that more people in the community can afford to attend. They range in price from free to $5/class.

Tuesdays: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Grace Cottage offers yoga in the Viniyoga tradition. In this class, participants build strength, balance and endurance as they move through basic postures (asanas) in fluid motion with coordinated breath work. Gentle music and centering meditation are incorporated in this class. Students of all ability levels are welcome. No pre-registration is required. Mats and blocks provided. Instructor is Crystal Mansfield, Grace Cottage's director of Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Programs. Mansfield studied yoga at the Kripalu Institute and has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years. Cost is $5/class.

Fridays: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., enjoy yoga in the Hatha tradition. This class takes participants through a series of standard yoga poses with coordinated breathing exercises for the benefit of mind, body and spirit. Mats and blocks provided. Registered yoga teacher Rebecca Griswold is a physical therapy assistant at Grace Cottage. Cost is $5/class.

Wednesdays: 1 to 2 p.m., there is a 'Chair Yoga' class. Beginners to yoga are welcome, as is anyone with limited flexibility or an inability to practice on the floor. Students will flow through an eclectic blend of seated and standing poses while incorporating breathing techniques into their movements. Led by Rebecca Griswold, PTA, RYT-200. Cost is $5/class.

Starting Sept. 20, there will be a new Tai Chi for Fall Prevention six-week class series offered on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. Classes focus on developing balance and flexibility. Certified Instructor Ruth Fleming is a physical therapist at Grace Cottage. A Level 2 class is offered on an on-going basis on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. These classes are free.

Strong Bones classes are offered at Grace Cottage throughout the year. These are popular strength and balance classes for older adults. Participants generally go two times a week on a regular basis. Call for class times. Suggested donation is $3/class.

All classes are held in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, Heins Building, 133 Grafton Road (Route 35). Note that classes may be canceled due to bad weather, holidays or occasional scheduling conflicts. Prior to your first attendance, call 802-365-3649. For a list of all classes offered at Grace Cottage, visit: gracecottage.org/calendar

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