As part of the Healthy Pursuits program, Mind Body Fitness including Pilates, Yoga and Zumba classes aim to improve health and fitness through a connection from the inside out. The goal of the offerings is for the students, faculty and staff of Auraria Campus to lead a healthier and less stressful lifestyle.
There is no charge for all Mind Body Fitness classes for all Auraria Campus Members, including AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff.
All equipment is provided for the classes and with the exception of Zumba, no shoes are required for the classes. It's ideal to wear clothing that you can move and stretch in.
You do not need to sign up in advance to attend the classes and you will sign into every class before taking the class on a laptop.
If campus is closed for any reason, there will be no Healthy Pursuits Mind Body Fitness classes.
Strengthen your core while you tone and stretch the muscles in your entire body. Turn your focus inward with concentration on linking a rhythmic breathing pattern to each exercise while you flow through a total body Pilates workout on a mat.
This class begins with a moderately-paced vinyasa flow to warm up the muscles and energize the body. The latter portion of the class focuses on deep stretches in which the poses are held for 2-5 minutes. This class is suitable for all levels and will leave you feeling rested and refreshed.
Build heat in the body by warming up with basic stretching and strengthening, and a breath-to-movement flow. Progress to a flowing class interspersed with yoga pose holds to keep up the intensity while you work towards a final flow or posture.
This class will relieve stress while you sweat and dance the class away. Zumba® is a combination of international dance rhythms combined with dance and fitness exercises for a dynamic, fun and engaging workout.
Beth Sandlin has been the coordinator for the Healthy Pursuits Mind Body Fitness program since 2011 and has been teaching for the program since 2005. She enjoys working on Auraria Campus because of the diverse population and strongly believes that Mind Body fitness classes can benefit everyone.
Robyn has been a dedicated yogini for over thirteen years. She was initially attracted to the athletic component of yoga, but over time, has found yoga far more beneficial in helping her reduce anxiety and empathize with others. She has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Floating Yoga School in Bend, OR and Reiki Level 2 certification through Communitas Movement in Denver, CO. Robyn hopes she can inspire others to establish a mind-body connection in order to lower stress, regulate emotions, and be more kind.
Cathy is a licensed Zumba® Instructor and a student of African dance. She is a former member of Joda & Friends, African Dance and Drumming – South of the Sahara. She is enchanted by all forms of international dance and has been dancing for 20 years. Cathy enjoys teaching on Auraria Campus and encourages people to find their own expression of dance in her class.
Gabby began her Yoga journey as a college student in 2006. She received her 200-hour certification from Kindness Yoga in 2015 and encourages people to explore something new on their mat each class, whether it's attempting a pose they haven't before or finding a new sensation in their bodies. Gabby's nurturing energy will guide practitioners through any challenges they face while confronting the unfamiliar during a deep strengthening or stretching practice.
For Group Fit class descriptions refer to the flyer or more information can be found on the MSU Denver Campus Recreation Website.
You can find out more about the CU Denver Wellness Center here.