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How to Choose the Best Location for Mind-Body Workouts

Health clubs and fitness facilities aren’t the only locations to take classes or get further education on mind-body health. You can find all different ways to broaden your education after you choose your method. The following list gives you a few of the places you may find yourself able to move mindfully:

  • Working it out at home: Instructional videos and tapes can help you continue your workout routines and increase your knowledge without venturing out of the house.

  • Working it out in classes: Many studios, community centers, and adult education facilities offer drop-in rates or short-term classes of four to eight weeks.

    You can simply pop by when you want to get some personal instruction during a class to make sure you’re progressing in the right direction, or to get a little group motivation and challenge. Or a short-term weekly series can give you the push you need to the next level.

  • Working it out in specialty studios: Yoga studios tend to have their own place they call home. Sometimes they’ll also offer related methods, such as Pilates or Tai Chi Chuan.

  • Working it out with a private instructor: Some methods, such as Feldenkrais, Alexander, and Laban, require that practitioners take in-depth study and complete apprenticeships of hundreds of hours. These teachers usually have private offices for lessons. If you poke around a bit, you may even be able to find a teacher who can come to your home and give you private instruction — for a fee, of course.

Be open-minded! You may find a free Tai Chi or Qigong class at a senior center. You don’t always have to be a senior to join the class. Check the listings for workshops in your local newspaper.

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