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Spring 2015 Wellness Programs

 

Physical Programs

Masters Swim

The Babson Masters Swim Program is a swim program for adults.Some people use it for fitness or to have fun, while others use it to train to compete in swim meets or other competitions such as triathlons.  Each practice is guided by a swim coach, and instruction and feedback are offered to participants.
 
Who: Adults (Babson community members) who are relatively competent swimmers.
 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:15am beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and ending Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 12-12:45 p.m. 
 
How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Master Swim event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Zumba®

The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Originally created by Alberto “Beto” Perez in Columbia, Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class that combines interval training sessions with fast and slow rhythms to sculpt and tone your body while burning fat. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked. Zumba fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in every calorie-burning, body-energizing class. This class is perfect for all fitness levels and no dance experience is necessary!

So, join Dawn George, certified dance and Zumba instructor, as she leads you through the latest in fitness fun. What are you waiting for? Ditch the workout....join the party!

Who: Any employee who wants to get into shape and have lots of fun while they do it!

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and ending Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 12-12:45 p.m. 

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Zumba event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Yoga

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual exercise that has been known to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and provide relaxation. Join Dawn George as she takes you through a series of slow yoga poses to help you relax and unwind from the stress of the day. This class is perfect for all fitness levels and no experience is necessary.

Who: Anyone!

When: Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Yoga event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise). 

Beginner/Intermediate Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a 50-minute, two day a week program designed to improve your cardio endurance, build strength and induce weight loss. The personalized approach to group exercise makes the class fun and motivating in pursuit of results and your personal goals. Instructor Craig Paris uses a variety of body weight exercises, resistance bands, agility drills, running, and plyometric training to activate multiple muscle groups and burn the maximum amount of calories during class.

Who: Any Babson employee who is looking to take their workout to the next level. Please note that class is appropriate for those just beginning as well as those who have participated before.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:20 a.m. in the Chandor Dance Studio beginning on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and ending on Thursday, May14, 2015.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Bootcamp event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Advanced Core Boot Camp (ACBC)

Advanced Core Boot Camp is a 50-minute, two day a week advanced conditioning program that focuses on reaching levels of fitness beyond what a standard Boot Camop will typically yield.  Many of the techniques are direct from Kevin Kearns' "Burn with Kearns" Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) conditioning program.  Instructors Sonny and Michael Romano will utilize many of the training techniques used by professional UFC/MMA fighters.  The class is a challenge but a lot of fun and as a bonus attendees will learn the basics of defending themselves while they get into trememdous physical condition.
 
Who: Any Babson employee who is looking to take their workout to the next level.
 
When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20 a.m. in the Chandor Dance Studio beginning on Monday, January 5, 2015 and ending on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
 
How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar ACBC Bootcamp event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

InnerCity Weightlifting

Need a little extra motivation to accomplish your fitness goals? Join us for small group training sessions led by the trainers from InnerCity Weightlifting as they guide you through a workout designed especially for you.

Who: Any Babson employee who is looking for a more personal/one on one approach to working out.

When: Fridays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Lunder Fitness Room beginning on Friday, January 9, 2015 and ending on Friday, May 15, 2015.

How: This class is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and those who sign up must commit to the full session. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar InnerCity event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

“Come as You Are” Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise for body and mind. With its roots in Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi uses slow and gentle movements to build your balance, strength, flexibility and focus. No matter your age or physical condition, you can practice Tai Chi. Scientific studies support the effectiveness of Tai Chi in improving the lives of people with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Most of all, Tai Chi is relaxing and fun. So come as you are, in comfortable clothes, with flat-soled shoes. You will learn the basic principles of Tai Chi as well as exercises and a short form you will be able to practice on your own. The course will be taught by faculty member Carolyn Hotchkiss, who has studied Yang and Sun style Tai Chi for five years, and is certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis.

Who: Any Babson employee who is interested in exploring Tai Chi. The class is appropriate for those just beginning as well as those who have practiced before.

When: Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Glavin Family Chapel starting Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and ending on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Tai Chi event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Meditation

This weekly meditation class will be led by Babson’s Meditation Instructor, Chris Scheller, who will guide participants through a variety of accessible, secular meditation techniques adapted from the Buddhist tradition. These simple and direct practices cultivate relaxation, mindfulness, and basic wellbeing. By relaxing tension and opening to our sensory experience through these techniques, participants will learn new means of working with stress, difficult emotions, physical discomfort, and the challenges we encounter in our lives. This class is suitable for any experience level.

Chris trained to teach meditation at Harvard University, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2009. He concentrated his studies on the intersection of meditation and psychology, as well as the history of meditation practices within the Buddhist tradition. He has studied at various ashrams and monasteries in India and the USA including the Tushita Meditation Centre, the Insight Meditation Society, the Zen Peacemakers, and lived and studied at the Cambridge Zen Center.

Who: Anyone!

When: Fridays from 12-1 p.m. starting Friday, September 5, 2014 and ending on May 29, 2015 in the Glavin Family Chapel.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Meditation event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Post-Holiday Shape Up

 
 
 

Seminars

 

Savsani: Seated Yoga Seminar

Need to learn how to redirect your stress at any moment in time, especially while at your desk, a meeting, or even in the car!  Come join sheena Patel, founder of Savsani who will teach us the techniques of the savsani seated yoga method.  Seated yoga has many benefits because it combines combatting stress through both the body and mind.  the Savsani Mind method silences and redirects the mind to become calm and effective in this world of overstimulation and stress.  The Savsani Body technique brings the body to its ultimate strength and alignment by removing any ailments felt within.
 
Sheena Patel is a nationally ranked pentathalon champion, and realized the influence yoga and meditation had on her body from a young age.  Sheen has worked with institutions including MIT and MGH in order to help facilitate stress management sessions for hundereds of people.
 
Who:    Anyone
When:  Tuesday, Janaury 13, 2015 from 12:15-1:00pm, Location TBD.
How:     If you are interested in signing up please register through the Babson Calendar Savsani event.

Peaceful Space, Peace of Mind...Handling Stress Through Getting Organized

In these stressful, technologically-driven times, we need peaceful, orderly surroundings more than ever.  Peaceful surroundings help us to focus, they foster clarity and productivity, and most-importantly they promote peace of mind. 
Don’t despair!  Join professional organizer Karen Kramer, for a seminar in which you will learn about decluttering and organizing your home and office environment - a process that will foster productivity, clarity, and peace of mind in these stressful times.  Learn skills and habits for creating peaceful space, and how to motivate yourself to take on this life-enhancing process.  Bring one of your own personal getting-organized challenges, and leave with a plan for tackling it.  Also included will be some simple mini-meditations (breathing exercises) that will help you with this process and other life stresses as well.
Karen Kramer has been the owner of the professional organizing business Space To Breathe for the past 15 years.  She helps people create peaceful space and peace of mind, with their life goals in mind.  She has a prior career as a psychotherapist, a specialty in mindfulness and meditation, and a life-long love of organizing things and creating peaceful environments.
Who: Anyone
When: Wednesday, February 11th from 12:00-1:00pm. Location TBD
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Handling Stress through Getting Organized.

Stress and Your Health

An absolute key health tool is training yourself in stress management. We all have stressors in our lives. It is how we interact with those stressors, and manage our stress, that can make the difference between health & disease.
That’s right. Unmanaged stress is likely the largest contributing factor toward many health issues, including biggies like heart disease and cancer. And none of us want any of that, so let’s talk about some important, foundational information to build health and create more joy & balance in our lives.
Join us for an hour of education that will give you some tools to get started with managing that inevitable stress, and a whole new lens through which to look at both health and chronic health issues. Education is empowerment. Let’s get to it!
Laurie Warren has been studying the principles of health and nutrition for over 15 years.  For more information about Laurie please visit www.warrenwellness.net.
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Reynolds Back Dining Room from 12:15-1:15.
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Stress & Your Health event.

Stress Management: Simplifying Stress

Stress is essential to live! However, there is a difference between good and bad stress. During this presentation, the definition of stress will be explored; as well as the symptoms and causes of stress. Participants will then create a personalized stress management plan, designed with guidelines, techniques and motivational tips, to capitalize on eustress (the "good" stress!) for productivity, happiness and health.
 
Join Michele Craemer for this informative seminar!
 
Who:    Anyone! 
When:  Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Reynolds Back Dining Room from 12:15 to 1:15pm.
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Simplify Stress event.

Community Service: Cradles to Crayons Baby Blankets

Join the Office of Faith and Service to make blankets for families living in shelters.  The blankets are used by mothers with small children so that they feel more comfortable placing their babies on the floor.  Making the blankets requires no sewing or sewing experience!
 
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Friday, March 6, 2015 1PM to 3PM.  Please note you do not need to stay the entire time, you can come for whatever time you can.
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Community Service event.

Make a Smart Move: Essential Homebuying Advice

Join real estate attorney Amy Reich Weil (BS’87) from Kertzman & Weil, LLP and loan officer Craig Paris from Eastern Bank for an informative session on buying and financing a home or condo. Amy will help to uncover the secrets of home buying by discussing topics such as selecting a Buyer’s broker, essential due diligence and the Offer and Purchase and Sale process, including key provisions for a smooth transaction.  Craig Paris will tackle the financing aspects of home buying – from understanding your credit score and how it affects your ability to get a loan to the steps you should and should not take before and during the financing process. He will also provide an overview of current mortgage guidelines and explain the various financing options, including conventional loans, adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo loans, first time home buyer programs and loan considerations when buying a condo. If you are thinking about buying a home, you won’t want to miss this lively and educational session that will provide invaluable tips to help put you on the path to homeownership.  We will leave plenty of time for Q&A.
 
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Wednesday, February 4,, 2015 (5:30-6 refreshments, program 6-7:30).
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar.

Emotional, Mindless Eating and Stress

We eat for many reasons, one of them to soothe ourselves when we are stressed out.  Learn your trigger points, why we turn to food for comfort, how brain chemistry really effects our decisions about food, how mindless eating can really pack on the pounds and how to break habits with SKILL POWER.
Instructor Julianne McLaughlin is a Certified Weight Loss and Nutrition Counselor, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Spin Instructor.  Find out more about Julianne and Whole New U at www.wholenewu.org
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Reynolds Back Dining Room from 12:15 to 1:15.
How:   Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Emotional Eating event.