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Specialty Classes

Specialty classes at the University Fitness Center take a holistic approach to physical activity. In many classes, participants can expect progressive learning and skill building over a multi-week session. Specialty classes are open to all who are eligible for Fitness Center membership, however current membership is not required so non-members are welcome.

Our “try before you buy” option gives you the opportunity to experience a live class to see if the program is right for you without obligation or pressure to enroll. Pricing for specialty classes is either paid in advance (payment has been received by the close of business the day prior to the start of the first class) or paid the day of (payment is received the day the class starts, provided there is space permitting). Some classes may offer pay-as-you-go pricing.

For more information please refer to our specialty class policy.

 

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Specialty Classes Offered

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Zoom – Monday Sessions Expand answer

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is offered online via Zoom only. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches participants the principles of mindfulness and how to apply these principles to deal more effectively with stress and the demands of daily life. The program consists of body awareness exercises, meditation, gentle yoga and inquiry (guided discussion) along with daily formal and informal home practices. MBSR is taught in a secular manner.

The first half of each MBSR class provides an extended period of practice, incorporating different forms of guided meditation as well as gentle standing and lying down yoga. The second half of each class is dedicated to group discussion (inquiry) – exploring participants’ direct experiences with the formal and informal practices being taught during each class as well as their experiences from daily home practice (45 to 60 minutes). Each week’s practices build upon each of the previous weeks’ lessons.

Participation Requirements: Participants will need a laptop, smartphone or tablet with reliable internet connection. A quiet, protected space within the home is recommended.

Registration and payment details

  • Orientation session: Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Course dates: Sept. 28-Nov.16 | Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday silent retreat: Nov. 7

Tuition: Registration and payment deadline is Sept. 21.

  • $450 – Full tuition
  • $200 – Penn State students, Penn State Health residents and MBSR alumni
  • $600 – Benefactor

Register online

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Zoom – Wednesday Sessions Expand answer

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is offered online via Zoom only. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches participants the principles of mindfulness and how to apply these principles to deal more effectively with stress and the demands of daily life. The program consists of body awareness exercises, meditation, gentle yoga and inquiry (guided discussion) along with daily formal and informal home practices. MBSR is taught in a secular manner.

The first half of each MBSR class provides an extended period of practice, incorporating different forms of guided meditation as well as gentle standing and lying down yoga. The second half of each class is dedicated to group discussion (inquiry) – exploring participants’ direct experiences with the formal and informal practices being taught during each class as well as their experiences from daily home practice (45 to 60 minutes). Each week’s practices build upon each of the previous weeks’ lessons.

Participation Requirements: Participants will need a laptop, smartphone or tablet with reliable internet connection. A quiet, protected space within the home is recommended.

Registration and payment details

  • Orientation session: Sept. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Course dates: Sept. 30-Nov.18 | Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday silent retreat: Nov. 7

Tuition: Registration and payment deadline is Sept. 23.

  • $450 – Full tuition
  • $200 – Penn State students, Penn State Health residents and MBSR alumni
  • $600 – Benefactor

Register online

University Fitness Center Specialty Class Policy Expand answer
  • Specialty classes take a holistic approach to physical activity at the University Fitness Center. You can expect a progressive learning and skill-building experience over a multi-week session.
  • Enrollment for a multi-week program is established no later than the second class of the session. No new participants are accepted into a program after the second class.
  • If space allows, new participants may take the first class without paying (“Try Before You Buy”); however a class may fill its capacity at the first class. There is no guarantee that space will remain past the first class.
  • Pricing for specialty classes is either paid in advance (payment has been received by the close of business the day before the start of the first class) or paid the day of the start of the first class session (payment is received the day the class starts, provided there is space permitting).
  • Some participants may be eligible for pay-as-you-go pricing. Please inquire for additional information.
  • We are unable to issue any refunds, regardless of circumstances, unless the program or session is cancelled.
  • Program and class information is communicated exclusively through email and the University Fitness Center’s Facebook page.