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Hiking: The Path Less Traveled

Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna, and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking, contact Phil (phkaplan@cabrillo.edu) before enrolling in the class.
Many questions can be answered in our FAQs: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~pkaplan/hiking_faq.html

See information below about basic dress and supplies to bring.

6 Sat. Sept. 20 - Nov. 8 (NO CLASS Oct. 11 or Nov. 1)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet in Parking Lot K

Register by Sept. 8: $98
Register after Sept. 8: $114

Click here for Hiking: The Path Less Traveled Student Information

 

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Phil Kaplan has taught in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo for over 25 years and has been leading hikes for the past 15 years.

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Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight or improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals?  Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein?  Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us! You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment. 

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class.  You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think!   And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood.  So come test-drive a plant-based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

The book by best selling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart:  Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health”, will be provided to class attendees.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

6 Mon. October 6 - November 17 (No Class Nov. 10)
6 - 8 pm
HW1119 (Inside the Stroke Center)

Register by Sept. 8: $165
Register after Sept. 8: $178

Plus: Material fee of $35 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Susan Lavelle is a registered nurse practitioner at Cabrillo College’s Student Health Services and also a certified PCRM Food for Life Instructor.  She passionately promotes healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent disease and achieve optimal health.

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Spinal Motions and Happy Moves

Learn how to have a happy and healthy spine for life! This two-day workshop will highlight the eight spinal motions that you use throughout your day; flexion, extension, rotation to each side, side bending to each side, compression and decompression. You will learn how to move and transform movement in all these directions. The course will include exercises to access these motions, and maintain this new found freedom.

In addition, you will learn a new GYROKINESIS® format called Happy Moves, that will invigorate your mind with all this new information. The GYROKINESIS® method is a combination of yoga, swimming, dance and qigong that is done on a chair, floor and standing. The format is unique because it includes a bit of music composed by the creator of the method, Julie Horvath.

Please bring a notebook to take notes. It is recom- mended but not required that you have had some GYROKINESIS® experience for this class.

Sat. & Sun., October 11 & 12
9:30 am - 12 Noon
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Sept. 8: $120
Register after Sept. 8: $130

 

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Stephanie Spencer, MFA, has been teaching Dance and Kinesiology at Cabrillo College for the last 17 years. She is also a Master Trainer in Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC®. She owns the studio Pacific Movement Center which focuses on helping people move beyond their wildest dreams.

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Discover Your Baby

Our brains grow and develop fastest in the first 8 months of life. This class will teach you a series of movement development games to connect with your infant, and support movement milestones. Babies are just starting to lay down movement patterns in their brain. With your help they can create a symmetry and balance in their bodies that will last a lifetime. Babies are the perfect age to start with body awareness.
You will learn in this class...

  • How to determine when it is a good time to play with your infant
  • What are the developmental lines of movement
  • How to stimulate your baby’s nervous system keeping symmetry and balance in mind

Note: If this class interrupts your child’s naptime, feel free to come without your child. The information will still be useful. If you do bring your child, please bring a blanket and their favorite toy.

Sat., October 18
9 - 11 am
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $75
Register after Sept. 8: $82

 

 

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Stephanie Spencer, MFA, has been teaching Dance and Kinesiology at Cabrillo College for the last 17 years. She is also a Master Trainer in Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC®.


Michelle Simon, M.D., has been a practicing pediatrician for over 25 years. She also has graduate degrees (MS, PhD) in Neuroscience where she focused the development of the nervous system.

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Easy Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called flowing yoga, is a technique of Yoga practice where posture sequences are connected with the breath. Ashtanga, Viniyoga, and TriYoga are examples of yoga styles that incorporate the vinyasa technique. The most well-known vinyasa is the Sun Salutation, a sequence of yoga poses in which the movement into each pose is synchronized with the inhale and exhale of the breath.

This is a practice program suited for those who are just beginning yoga, or those just wanting a more relaxing form of yoga. It is also well suited for anyone recovering from an injury or has some other physical limitation yet is still ambulatory.

16 Tue. & Thu.., August 19 - December 9 (No Class Nov. 27)
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register for all 16 weeks by Sept. 8: $310
Register for all 16 weeks after Sept. 8: $325

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., August 19 - September 11
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., September 16 - October 9
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., October 14 - November 6
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., November 11 - December 9 (No Class Nov. 27)
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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Don Bard - see bio below

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Vinyasa Yoga for Strength

Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called flowing yoga, is a technique of Yoga practice where posture sequences are connected with the breath. Ashtanga, Viniyoga, and TriYoga are examples of yoga styles that incorporate the vinyasa technique. The most well-known vinyasa is the Sun Salutation, a sequence of yoga poses in which the movement into each pose is synchronized with the inhale and exhale of the breath.

This is a more challenging yoga practice that emphasizes intermediate level poses that build strength and endurance. Ideal for the more active adult who wants to complement their lifestyle with a strength-based yoga program.

16 Tue. & Thu.., August 19 - December 9 (No Class Nov. 27)
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register for all 16 weeks by Sept. 8: $310
Register for all 16 weeks after Sept. 8: $325

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., August 19 - September 11
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., September 16 - October 9
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., October 14 - November 6
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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4 Tue. & Thu.., November 11 - December 9 (No Class Nov. 27)
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Scotts Valley Center, Room 5

Register by Sept. 8: $85
Register after Sept. 8: $92

 

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Don Bard - see bio below

 

 

 

 

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