When I determined it was time to shake up my exercise routine, I considered dozens of classes. I knew I needed to find the right class—a class that would help me to achieve my aim of blending camaraderie with challenge.
I was seeking something fresh that presented an accountability factor and also introduced variety into my workouts. Ballertone at Osterville Fitness Scanning the Osterville Fitness class descriptions one evening, I pored over their menu, which highlights many different disciplines, including spin, yoga, group active, group core, circuit and flex training.
I felt my eyebrows lift. Barefoot workout that blends traditional fitness exercises with ballet-inspired movements and flowing yoga postures.
Using your own body weight to challenge your balance and strength, while increasing your flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, makes this workout fun and functional. And, off I went — cautiously optimistic — to join the class, which was taught by Linda McDonald, the group fitness director at Osterville Fitness. Balletone, created as a dance-inspired, full-body workout, focuses on improving cardio, strength, coordination and core. The most compelling reason to take a Balletone class?
While some of the movements will feel familiar, like squats and lunges, we seamlessly transition them into ballet-inspired patterns that make the workout fun, yet deceptively challenging. I found the development, design and delivery of the class completely original, offering physical, mental and social benefits. The Cape Cod Art Association is a nonprofit membership group continuously operating since its establishment in It serves its members and community with a wide range of year-round fine art programs and events.
Unique to the Cape Cod Art Association is their photography center, offering classes that are broken up into eight, six-week sessions. Executive director Roberta Miller says the photography classes, which the association began offering seven years ago, are designed to meet the needs of beginners through master artists. They are coming to really hone their skills. The association also offers workshops that focus on shooting certain locations and themes, such as reflections and lighthouses.
Other workshops geared toward middle- and high-school students are held over April and summer vacations. For paparazzo interested in shooting with their iPhone, the association offers a one-day workshop on Saturday, March Students will examine methods to make the most of the built-in camera as well as some distinct camera apps for editing photos. Director Lenore Lyons says that while each of the 45 teachers at the center brings a different area of expertise to the table, they all have something in common: This class underscores the actuality that drawing is a skill, not a gift, and helps students develop techniques that will give them the confidence to render their own work.
Subject areas will incorporate contour, negative and positive space, perspective, shading and portrait drawing. Daily yoga classes cater to a full spectrum of students, from beginners to seasoned adults to advanced yoga students. All classes are taught by certified, experienced yoga teachers from the Cape Cod area. Private yoga sessions are a popular option for clients who prefer a class customized to their individual needs.
Chair yoga can help to ease the aches and pains of arthritis sufferers and is beneficial for office workers who may need to stretch in their 9-to-5 surroundings, rather than in a yoga studio.
The class includes breath work, meditation, stretching, strengthening and balance work. Prenatal yoga has been said to alleviate many discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica.
This class cultivates sacred time and space as students develop and refine their meditation practice using a variety of breathing techniques, guided meditations, silent practice and hand mudras. Meditation has been said to relieve a range of societal and health issues while restoring a sense of calm and inner peace. Since , they have also been offering an array of enticing culinary classes, suited to students working toward a career as a chef as well as to those hoping simply to uncover the secrets to styling their favorite dishes.
Our culinary students not only learn to create their favorite dishes, they also get to eat their favorite dishes. And, when they leave, they go home with the recipes and often some leftovers. Students will learn how to prepare the fish of the day—cod, haddock or flounder—in the most economical, delicious and simple ways, whether baked, fried, broiled, poached, stuffed or stewed. This is an atypical, cause-driven circle that meets to produce items that will be donated to various local nonprofit organizations.
The group is inclusive — open to knitters and crochet-ers, alike. Attendees are asked to bring their own tools, however, the yarn will be donated to the cause. PAAM offers instruction and studio arts workshops in numerous creative endeavors. Workshops take place throughout Cape Cod. Students will look forward to creating unique work using old-world fold-and-cut and contemporary pop-up methods.
Instruction includes demonstrations accompanied by information on and images of other contemporary paper artists. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and bring any paper materials they would like to try utilizing, including recyclables, scraps and old drawings that may be repurposed.