SLCAC offers creative ways to exercise this fall, winter
Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:48 pm

POTSDAM – This summer and fall, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council offers you creative ways to improve your well-being by moving your body on the second floor of Downtown Snell Hall in Potsdam.

Pre-registration is required; call the SLC Arts Council at 265-6860 to register or visit their website at

• Middle Eastern dancer Basimah is offering three different levels of belly dance classes at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council this summer and fall. Cardio Belly Dance is designed for beginners who want a fun workout but aren’t ready for detailed instruction on belly dance movements yet; Level 1 Belly Dance is for beginning students who want to learn the foundations of belly dance, or for those with some experience who would like a review; Level 2 Belly Dance is intended for dancers who are feeling comfortable with the basics and are ready for the next level. Aug. 2 through Dec. 14; a pass for six classes is $66.

• Kundalini yoga consists of simple yogic techniques that include breath, yoga postures, sound, chanting and meditation. Gurumantra Kaur guides students as they follow her at their own pace. She offers kundalini yoga on weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings 9-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7-8:30 a.m.; and Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Students may purchase a pass for six classes and attend whichever classes in the Aug. 2 - Sept. 11 session. $66 for a pass for six classes, $120 for 12 classes, or $180 for 18 classes.

• The Alexander Technique is a unique discipline that focuses on how everyday movements such as sitting down, standing up, and walking may create unnecessary tension in your body. In this introductory class for teens and adults, students will discover how to undo habits that may lead to strain and stress. The Alexander Technique can improve your balance, coordination, lightness of movement, and mobility through increasing self-awareness of how our bodies move. Beth Robinson will teach this technique on Wednesdays, Aug. 18, 25 & Sept. 1, 8 from 6:45-8 p.m. $44 for four classes.