The following classes are offered at a discount with a series card:
Cardio Dance with Chrissy — This class is a long time favorite of Works members for good reason. Easy to follow steps, good music, options to sweat a lot or a little, and plenty of room to move make this a popular way to have fun during your workout. Athletic shoes suggested.
"Triple thumbs up for Chrissy's cardio dance. It is one of the most joyful ways to get your heart up and have fun at the same time. She is a gifted teacher, knowing how to pace the music and the routines so someone my age (not telling) can exercise my brain as well as get the endorphins flowing." —Roz P.
Pilates Mat with Alyssa — a constantly changing mat-based workout which may use exertubes, therabands, gertie balls, stability balls and magic circles. Each class is appropriate for multi-levels; Tuesday and Thursday have a quicker pace.
"Alyssa is a genuine professional and her class is never boring or entirely predictable. She is able to translate a wide array of pilates and pilates related practices into simple exercises that flow one from another, accompanied by insights into the linkages between muscles and core. Equally important, Alyssa is smart, funny, and reminds us regularly that our bodies are different and we are capable of making decisions about how much we want to challenge ourselves, or as she calls it "choose your own adventure". We leave the class invigorated!"
Total Body Conditioning is a class that incorporates two important fitness philosophies. The first is high intensity interval training. Experience cardiovascular exercises designed to pump up your heart rate so you can achieve maximum fat burn and cardiovascular endurance. The second fitness philosophy is muscle confusion. No two TBC classes are the same which prevents you from getting bored and your muscles from reaching a plateau. TBC uses steps, free weights, body weight training, resistance bands and more to give you a total body workout! (See schedule.)
Yoga + Balance with Alan. Alan's ultra unique blend of yoga, coordination exercises, brain hemisphere balancing, wobble boards and philosophical insight will improve your balance and mobility at a restorative pace. (See schedule.)
The following classes require separate charges payable to the instructor. Series cards do not apply:
Argentine Tango is an improvisational dance. For that very reason, we teach the Foundation of the Dance, which is the walking. To that Technique of Walking, we add an important concept, that will allow you to improvise and create your own steps.
We have developed The Magdalena Technique®, a complete Curriculum . It includes the Pre-Tango Program, the Beginners Program, the Intermediates, the Advanced and the Teachers Programs (the Teachers Program comes with a Certification to teach The Magdalena Technique®.
Classes at The Works are drop-in classes on Sundays:
Beginners: 1 to 2 pm
Intermediates & Advanced: 2 to 3 pm
Package of 6 Drop-Ins : $100
If this is your first time to try a Partner dancing experience, check out our Partner Connection Workshops. We have taught several sessions in the Bay Area and we are adding more sessions as spaces open up.
Bay Area White Crane Silat is a collective of martial art trainers affiliated with the international Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unity) school based on Java. A mix of classic Shaolin Kung Fu with Indonesian Pencak Silat, White Crane Silat is typified by low, wide, flowing movements, acrobatic jumps, rolls, and falls, and free-form sparring. White Crane silat helps people sustain health, strength, and flexibility while learning to defend themselves.
The building blocks of our system are taught in short movements incorporating a variety of strikes, blocks, kicks, and sweeps. Short movements are combined into choreographed long movements that train balance, timing, and grace. Each long movement has a different character or energy associated with an animal (Crane, Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Snake), plant (Bamboo, Peach Blossom), natural phenomenon (Wind, Seven Colors), or deity (Drunken Immortal, Kwan Yin). Partner work includes sensitivity and spatial awareness exercises, self-defense applications, and sparring.
Beginners are welcome to join any time. Wear a t-shirt and elastic or draw-string waist pants that allow you to move and breathe freely. After three months, you will be asked to wear a white t-shirt and kung fu pants.
Membership dues: $40/month, covers classes at The Works on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. as well as other locations in the Bay Area during the week. First two classes are free.
Find Your Voice: Feldenkrais for Singers
Group singing, vocal exercises, and Awareness Through Movement® make for a fun way to learn.
Karen is a highly skilled teacher who designs each class around a particular theme, to include, breathing, posture, freeing neck and jaw tension, and finding comfort in performance. Awareness Through Movement® Lessons are group lessons in which the teacher verbally guides clients in a series of structured movements. Each lesson presents a challenge and opportunity to focus our attention on how we move. In this class, Karen R. Clark structures each lesson to emphasize how to more fully embody and enjoy our voices. Dress comfortably. Mats are provided. Beginners and professionals, actors, choral artists and soloists will benefit from this class.
Samba & Dança Afro — Nives will instruct you in the technique and art of samba do pé, samba de roda, samba reggae, Afoxé and puxada de rede. She emphasizes the importance of body alignment, core strength, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution and enjoyment of learning dance. Some combination of Dunham technique, Capoeira, core conditioning and stretching begin and end every class.
Nives's Samba & Dança Afro classes are multi-level so all are welcomed regardless of whether or not you have taken dance before. You will simultaneously increase your cardiorespiratory endurance, build lean muscle, and learn Afro Brazilian dance techniques and choreographies. As you become stronger, develop skill with basic footwork and familiarity with the music you will notice an increase in fluidity and swing when you dance. As dance combinations gradually increase in complexity and duration you will experience the beauty and pleasure of moving assertively and rhythmically through space. Samba & Dança Afro is always challenging and rewarding. Wear comfortable clothes and flexible-soled or no shoes.
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We will start with a gentle kundalini yoga set that stimulates and resets the glandular system, preparing the body to receive the gong. Attendees are encouraged to check in with a current question or unresolved issue in their lives and set an intention to tune into helpful guidance during the class. During savasana, Lily will open the Akashic Records of everyone in the room through a sacred prayer and play a 28" Paiste symphonic gong for 31 minutes, allowing for a sublimely healing, cellularly-restorative and otherworldly experience.
Cost: Classes are $20 drop-in, $17 pre-registered, or $72/5-class packages.
Attendees may pre-register online through this link.