October 30, 2020

Lunchtime Yoga Registration Open Now!

Campus Recreation offers fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees. Each fitness program is 5 weeks long. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 5 weeks. Just remember: some scheduled movement in your day is better than no movement!

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong.
$30 for a 5-week session
Meets twice a week: Mondays & Fridays from 12:00-12:50pm
Zoom (Link provided after registration) 

Fall 2020 Session 2
October 19 – November 20

You can register and pay online. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

Zoom Yoga Sessions for UMW Employees

Campus Recreation’s traditional yoga class has converted to an online format for the first session this fall. This program is exclusively for UMW employees and is 5 weeks long.

Now more than ever, it is important to make time in your day for a break from sitting upright in a chair, get some stretches in, and move your body. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 10 meetings. Just remember: some scheduled movement in your day is better than no movement!

Below are the details about the employee yoga class. Please register by September 7!

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong.
$30 for a 5-week session
Meets twice a week: Mondays & Fridays from 12:00-12:50pm
Zoom (Link provided after registration) 

Fall 2020 Session 1
September 7 – October 9

You can register and pay online. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

Free Nutrition Webinar for UMW Community

Stress and Mindful Eating
Presented by the President’s Council on Wellness & Giant Food’s Nutritionist, Lindsay

Wednesday, September 23, 12:15pm-12:45pm EST on Zoom

Whether it’s obvious or subtle, let’s face it, stress can easily creep into our lives and wreak havoc on sleep, immunity and our moods. Attend this free Zoom webinar to learn stress coping and mindful eating strategies that can help you increase emotional self-regulation while practicing sound eating habits that nourish our mind, body and soul.
Here’s the Facebook event if you’d like to join and invite colleagues.

Tradition Reinvention: Iconic UMW Events Go Virtual

Online trivia, virtual dance parties and outdoor fitness classes are in this fall. High fives, handshakes and hugs are out, at least for now. Activities and engagement are as much a part of college life as academics. That’s why staff and student volunteers at the University of Mary Washington have worked tirelessly this summer to […]

Free UMW Fitness and Meditation Classes

UMW Campus Rec is offering free virtual fitness opportunities this summer to keep you healthy, happy, and engaged.

 

Virtual “Fitness Happy Hour” 

During the summer, our fitness instructors are hosting free fitness classes on Zoom, on the last Friday of June and July.

On June 26, our Fitness Happy Hour class will be 80’s Barre with Carolyn at 5:30 p.m.! The Zoom Meeting ID for this event is: 976 8477 9609

Traditionally, during the academic year, Campus Rec hosts weekly “Fitness Happy Hours” in person where different instructors lead unique and themed fitness classes. Since we are unable to do this right now, we want to bring the fun and joy of this fitness tradition to your home!

 

Online Fitness Classes

The June 2020 virtual fitness schedule is here! Visit the Group Fitness webpage to see the online workouts being offered on the @UMWCampusRec instagram this month. If you miss a live workout, you can catch the recording on our feed via IGTV.

How does Instagram Live work? Participants can not be seen, but the instructor is on the @UMWCampusRec story leading the workouts in real-time. There is a chat feature that allows participants to communicate with one another or send *hearts* to the instructor (on water breaks only, of course) and it can let the instructor know you are there!

Please note: summer online fitness classes are currently free and the summer schedule changes each month. In-person fitness classes are not being offered at this time as the UMW fitness center remains closed until further notice. (Updated May 27, 2020)

Mindfulness Conference Calls with Bill Brooks

Mindfulness is great for relieving stress and improving mental health. On our free weekly meditation calls, you won’t be asked to speak, but simply to listen and relax as Bill guides everyone on the line through some mindfulness practices to start your weekend off on the right foot. Give it a try! What have you got to lose?

  • 30 minutes of LIVE guided meditation with Bill Brooks, UMW Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
  • Fridays from 12:15-12:45 pm
  • It’s easy to participate.
    • Dial 425.436.6352
    • Enter the access code 155679

 

Follow ‘UMW Campus Rec’ on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to learn about more opportunities like this!

Join UMW’s Community Step Challenge May 1-31

Mary Wash Moves

UMW Community Walking Challenge
Brought to you by Campus Recreation and UMW Human Resources

Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps with your UMW family.

How It Works:

  • Dates: May 1-31, 2020 | July 1-31, 2020
  • Teams: There are eight teams and up to 50 people per team. You may sign up for your team by writing your name on the team color tab you choose on the official tracking document.
  • How to win: Log your total steps walked each day in the official tracking document. The team color with the highest step average between all team mates by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or another step tracking device!
  • Prize: Bragging rights and the sweet feeling of victory!

If you have further questions, please email campusrec@umw.edu.

Free Guided Meditation Calls on Fridays

Mindfulness and meditation is great for relieving stress and improving mental health. On Campus Recreation’s free weekly meditation calls, you won’t be asked to speak, but simply to listen and relax as Bill guides everyone on the line through some mindfulness practices to start your weekend off on the right foot. Give it a try! What have you got to lose?

  • 30 minutes of LIVE guided meditation with Bill Brooks, UMW Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
  • Fridays from 12:15-12:45 pm
  • It’s easy to participate. On your phone:
    • Dial 425.436.6352
    • Enter the access code 155679

Mindfulness Course & Jump Start Program Begins Soon

Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation Course

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is $15 and participants who attend six or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindful meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

Spring 2020: Mondays *New day of the week, different from previous semesters!
6pm-7:30pm
February 10 – March 30 (Excluding Spring Break on March 2)
Leidecker Center, Trinkle B-39
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on our registration site under “Courses”.

 

Jump Start Program

For Your Information: A new collaborative program between Campus Recreation, the Talley Center for Counseling Services, the Student Health Center, and the President’s Council on Wellness is beginning January 27. This is a student-focused program. Learn more about the Jump Start Program in case you know a student who may benefit from this program:

This 5-week program is designed to provide students a slow, guided introduction to fitness facilities and programs at UMW. Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to exercise in a less intimidating way by a peer who works for Campus Rec, socialize with others, and get assimilated in a new environment with other UMW students who have similar levels of exercise-familiarity. The group is limited at 12 people, so please register when you are ready to commit.

Students from the Talley Center and Health Center can be referred to the Jump Start Program by their clinician. Otherwise, the program is available for any UMW student to join for $15 per 5-week session. Students can sign up at campusrec.umw.edu under “Courses” or at the Fitness Center front desk.

Once a week, for five weeks, students will meet with their Jump Start Program leaders (two Campus Recreation fitness instructors, Brenna and Sasha) who will spend 60 minutes doing an activity, learning a lesson and having a discussion surrounding the topic of the week. Each lesson will include a worksheet with fitness education.

Walking Wednesdays

Walking Wednesdays

Join the President’s Council on Wellness and the UMW community for active socializing each Wednesday at 12:30pm. The meeting location will alternate between the front of Lee Hall and the front of the Jepson Science Center (see below for January’s schedule). Walks will last 30-45 minutes, but feel free to break off at any time. We will have a special guest walker the first Wednesday of each month, stay tuned for these announcements.

Faculty/Staff who participate in a minimum of eight Walking Wednesdays will be entered into a raffle to be drawn April 24th.  You could have the chance to win a free movie ticket, a yoga mat, or a free pass for an employee fitness program.

Follow us on Facebook (UMW Wellness) for updated information.

January 22: Meet at the Jepson Science Center at 12:30pm

January 29: Meet at Lee Hall at 12:30pm

 

Upcoming Mindfulness & Fitness Opportunities

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

Mondays *The day is different than previous semesters!
6pm-7:30pm, February 10 – March 30 (Excluding Spring Break on March 2)
Leidecker Center B-39, Trinkle Hall
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on our registration site under “Courses”.

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is $15 and participants who attend six or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindful meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

 

Employee Fitness Classes

Campus Recreation offers fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees. Each fitness program is 5 weeks long. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 5 weeks. Just remember: some workouts are better than no workouts!

Group Strength Training *Our newest addition!
Group Strength Training is a circuit-based workout group led by an NSCA certified personal trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. This training program will work through strength movements to improve function and mobility. Your trainer will provide the group with great attention to detail on form and technique. You can expect to perform full body movements on the mat, TRX straps, and using dumbbells. This class requires 4 registrations in order to run.
$25 per 5-week session
Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm
UMW Fitness Center Strength Floor

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.
$30 per 5-week session
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

Yogalates
Yogalates is a fusion class of a yoga practice with Pilates moves. Enjoy a low impact flexibility and core strengthening workout where you will feel challenged, but not leave drenched in sweat. These weekly workouts will stretch and strengthen your body to help you stay active during the work week.
$15 per 5-week session
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

FREE WEEKS: Try any of the classes above for free from January 13-19 & March 9-15!

Spring 2020 Session 1
January 27 – February 28

Spring 2020 Session 2
March 16 – April 17

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center.  If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.