Bonifas announces new Lifestyle class lineup

September 11, 2019  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

As fall approaches, and people are spending more time indoors, the Bonifas is also offering new lifestyle classes to motivate people to incorporate new, healthy practices into their everyday lives. The classes will teach participants yoga, new dancing skills, strengthening exercises, meditation, and even the wonderful art of bread making. 

The Bonifas line-up of fall lifestyle classes is as follows: To start off the week, Ashtanga yoga classes will be offered on Mondays starting Sept. 9 and running through Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Taught by Heather Bruss, these classes will teach students how to synchronize breath with a variety of yoga poses to increase the benefits of their workout. Cost is $36 per month of classes for members or $45 for non-members (Dec. cost is $27 for members or $34 for non-members.)

According to Bruss, who has been practicing yoga for approximately 20 years, yoga provides a great way to strengthen and tone muscles while increasing flexibility. 

Next, on Wednesdays starting Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 23 (from 6 to 7 p.m.), a Tahitian-style workout class will be taught by Jeana Harmon, a certified veteran instructor. Harmon taught adult health and exercise at Bay College and has been teaching exercise for over 30 years. The fee for this six-week series of classes is $30 for members or $35 for non-members.

Also on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 2 and running weekly from 9:15-10 a.m., a free Arthritis Exercise class will be offered for senior citizens and all arthritis sufferers. This class will teach exercise for the whole body, focusing on joint flexibility and muscle strength from head to toe. This class is taught by Betty Wagner, exercise teacher with almost 50 years of experience, who has taught gym, aerobics, senior exercise and dancing, and is a familiar face to many at the Escanaba and Bark River Senior Centers, Bonifas Arts Center and YMCA.

To help people relax, Little Bay Zen Buddhist Sangha will resume sitting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 pm at the Bonifas Arts Center Upper Gallery. The Little Bay Zen Buddhist Sangha is a Buddhist Community that practices zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and Dharma discussion If you have questions or want to learn more about this Soto Zen Buddhist community, please email Joseph Mold at This is a free (donations only) group.

Finally, The Art of Bread making class with artisanal baker Mike Berg: Ciabatta, will be on Friday, Oct. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. for those 12 years of age and up. Ciabatta bread has a delightful chewy exterior, and a soft light interior – a very pleasing combination for the taste buds! The fee is $15 per class for members or $18 for non-members. Join this class and enjoy the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread and lively conversation with like-minded people. The best part – there will be delectable samples! 

These classes fill up quickly, so sign up soon to ensure your spot.

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