New year, new yoga

First Posted: 1/2/2015

Did you make any resolutions for 2015? If so, do your goals for the new year relate to health and wellness?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, you may want to check out some of the fitness and nutrition classes the Dietrich Theater will offer this winter. For those who want to get in better shape, we are presenting a variety of yoga classes.

From 10 to 11:15 a.m. Monday mornings, the Dietrich will host Chair Yoga. Taught by registered yoga instructor Donna Fetzko, students will experience all the benefits of traditional yoga, but with the aid of a chair. During the class, Donna will teach yoga poses which she will modify to meet individual’s needs as well as breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. These classes are a great way to improve balance, increase flexibility and experience an overall sense of well-being.

And did I mention that our Chair Yoga classes will be ongoing and free in 2015? That’s right — The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation is underwriting this class so all may participate.

If you are more interested in traditional yoga, Donna is also teaching Simply Yoga classes at the Dietrich from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays throughout the year. These classes are presented in a user-friendly YogaFit style. Yoga promotes overall health, strengthens the body, improves flexibility, increases energy and decreases stress.

Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, towel or blanket to class. Admission is $50 for a series of six classes or you can drop in at $10 per class.

The Dietrich will offer another yoga class on Thursday evenings. Instructor Barbara Tierney invites students to join her for Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. In these classes. participants will explore breath, movement and mantra. Kundalini yoga is known for being challenging to everyone, yet it can be done by everyone. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15 through June 18 and admission is $10 per class.

Nia classes will also be taught at the theater by instructor Laura Ancherani from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, now through March 31.

Nia is a combination of yoga, martial arts and dance and is a wonderful cardio class. Nia workouts are comprised of a unique combination of a total of 52 movies that correspond with the main areas of the body. Workouts can be adapted to meet the needs of beginners as well as highly-fit athletes. Admission is $10 per class.

The Dietrich will also host Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Busy Lives in February. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 5 through 26, Donna Fetzko, certified nutrition counselor will teach participants the importance of making healthy, home-cooked meals. This class is geared for busy singles, couples and families. She will focus on meal planning, shopping and quick and easy recipes. Fetzko will also share time-saving tips. Admission is free and this class series is also sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation.

For more information or to register for a class, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

As you can see the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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