Change up your workout routines with some fun new classes this summer at Norris Recreation Center in St. Charles.
The Sunshine and Sweat series invites people to enjoy their favorite classes in the outdoors, said Ande Masoncup, assistant superintendent of recreation for the St. Charles Park District. This summer select from three class options: mind/body, cardiovascular, and strength.
“Both a cardiovascular and strength workout will improve your overall caloric burn while you can improve your flexibility with the yoga class,” Masoncup said. “All of these classes will help improve overall fitness levels and increase energy.”
The classes are offered 9 a.m. Saturdays June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25. This is a free class, however advance registration is required.
Register for one or all of these dates and add a new element to your workout in the outdoors. Exercise is a great way to boost immunity, improve energy levels and help lessen anxieties and improve overall health. It can improve one’s mood and help build muscles.
Also slated to be offered outdoors is the Vibration Sound Healing class, taught by instructor Jenny Bergold. She introduced the new class in January and has watched it continue to gain popularity each month as participants discover the health benefits.
In Vibration Sound Healing, participants bring their own blanket or yoga mat and lie down as Bergold uses varying instruments, including a gong, Tibetan Singing Bowls, drums and other singing crystal bowls. Bergold has learned how to use the instruments so that the sound vibrations and the meditative atmosphere of the class work in harmony to provide relaxation and can have a positive, healing effect on the physical health.
“We all know music heals,” Bergold explained. “With Vibration Sound Healing different notes can help to regenerate cells, improve digestive system or improve emotions.”
Bergold said she performs a musical set that is designed for overall health and healing in this class. She added that many of her participants have told her following her class they have found their sleep patterns improve. Bergold said this may be due to the meditative atmosphere helping to lessen anxieties and providing a feeling of calm.
“Each instrument, each sound, each note helps heal a specific part of the body,” Bergold said.
“It’s also a meditative practice.”
Vibration Sound Healing will be offered from 8:45-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11. The cost per class is $10 for park district members and $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. The class is open to participants ages 12 and older.
With the current health crisis and economic challenges, Bergold said this class is a wonderful way to help find relaxation.
“We have to relax and rest to rejuvenate,” Bergold said.
The Elburn resident recently marked her 10-year anniversary as a yoga instructor with the St. Charles Park District. For the last 10 years she has been the instructor at the 7 a.m. class on Saturday, greeting her weekly students and helping them start their weekend with a refreshing class.
“The beauty of the Norris Recreation Center is all the different classes.” Bergold said. “There’s something for everybody.”
For more information on these and some of the other wonderful class offerings visit stcparks.org.
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