Mind & Body
Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y includes more than just working out. In addition to our physical fitness classes and facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.
Some of our drop in classes include:
This class emphasizes the Kripalu Yoga connection of mind, body, and spirit. Beginning with centering and pranayama (Yogic breathing), then moving into more active and challenging flow series of standing postures, salutations, and balancing, followed by stretching, and relaxation. Classes build endurance, strength, assist in flexibility, and promote balance and relaxation.
This dance fitness class is all about the music. By using basic steps (and a whole lot of hips!), anyone can join! Whether you are a novice dancer or a professional, you will have a blast and forget you’re working out. Join in on the latest fitness craze!
This multi-level class blends essential and intermediate exercises of mat Pilates repertoire with correct progression allowing for a great workout while fostering basic principles and fundamentals of mat Pilates format.
Get fit and get in the water and your heart will be pumping as we go through a variety of water exercises that focus on the whole body. Instructors will keep you on your toes with shallow and deep water, use of music, aqua barbells, noodles, and other equipment. The water helps to support joints, promotes balance, and working against the current gives you just the right amount of resistance.
An intermediate to advanced level full-body workout combining techniques from sport-like activities and exercises using your own body weight to achieve ultimate results. Be ready to sweat!
Cycling is a group exercise class that utilizes stationary bikes to give the rider a more realistic feel of an outdoor bike ride. Since each rider is in control of the intensity level of his/her particular bike, the participant can customize their “ride” to fit their individual needs and fitness level. It brings the element of athletic training to people of all fitness levels and is NOT just a “hard-core” fitness program for the elite athletes. Instead, this effective, high-energy group exercise class integrates music, camaraderie and visualization in a complete mind/body exercise routine. Our cycling classes offer bikes with dual pedals for both athletic shoes and SPD-compatible shoes.
This class is designed for people who need to exercise in warm water due to arthritis or other muscle or joint problems. We work on everyday range of motion skills in our heated pool. Enjoy a class with an active group of adults who work on their wellness in the pool and who socialize outside the pool.
Already feeling pretty peppy, but want to stop time from taking the pep out of your aging body, and put some kick back into it? This class integrates posture, balances, strength, and agility to help you look, act, and feel younger!
This is a movement based class designed to restore soft tissue and flexibility in your muscles and joints. This is a class for all ability levels.
Qi Gong has been practiced in China for thousands of years, and is often called “Chinese Yoga.” “Qi” means vital energy and “Gong” means to work or cultivate. The exercises integrate mind/body/spirit, and consist of both dynamic, moving forms and quiet, still meditations. All movements are done with an awareness of relaxation and tranquility. Qi Gong is effective for reducing stress, enhancing energy, and movement of Qi in the organs and meridians. It can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities.
Moving meditation which will help reduce stress, improve balance by strengthening the lower body and increase overall well-being. Class begins with stretching warm-up, then practices slow-moving Martial arts type postures and deep breathing techniques following the Yang Long-form style of Tai Chi.
Our Programs that Require Registration include:
A free service for new members which includes 4 appointments with a Fitness Specialist in 30 days. Sign up at the membership desk.
Pre & Post Natal Water Aerobics
Designed for before, during, and after pregnancy. This class will reward you with incredible wellness benefits for you and your baby. Safe exercise during pregnancy increases flexibility, improves recovery after childbirth, and improves emotional well-being. Both land and water will be used.
If you are currently suffering or seeing someone for the following, our trainers may be just what you need: Fibomyalgia; Lower back pain; Arthritis; Shoulder injuries; Knee injuries. Also available if you just need some personal attention to get started & keep motivated. Must be a YMCA of Southern Maine member. Sign up at the membership desk.