Electives, Lifestyles


A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%. The physical, mental and social benefits from dancing are enormous! Enhance your quality of life and have fun learning some new moves. With your new Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Waltz and Swing techniques, you'll be "tripping the light fantastic" in only six weeks. Bring a partner or not -- your choice. If you can walk, we can teach you to dance. And video the lessons if you wish!
This course is designed to introduce the principles of bridge to beginners. We will start by learning the game's basic terminology and the rudimentary aspects of playing. Via sample hands, questions and answers, and discussion and lecture, you will learn fundamental principles of this popular game.
In this chair-assisted yoga class, learn to align gentle movements with your breath, aiding flexibility, balance, stress relief and relaxation. Participants will become familiar with poses and simple stretches that can be incorporated into daily life. The course includes breathing and meditation techniques that support all areas of the body and contribute to a better night's sleep. All yoga equipment will be provided.
Our lifestyle habits, good and bad, run deep; but healthy choices help balance our lives. In this faith-based course, discover how to take charge of your life emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Learn the eight principles of optimal health: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal, Outlook and Nutrition. Expect slide presentations, discussions and some homework.
For more than a century, the Italian Club has represented the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Italians in Tampa. Let the authentic aromas and tastes of traditional Italian cooking fill your senses as these Italian Club cooks prepare a holiday feast in their beautiful club building in Ybor City. Over the course of four weeks, enjoy an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert in convivial surroundings with a rich history. There is a $35 materials fee for this course, payable to the Italian Club, at the first class meeting.
Learn how to play the exciting game of Mah Jongg, a game of Chinese origin with American National Mah Jongg League Inc. rules. Learn how the game is played and achieve proficiency in the basics. Four players play at each game. Two additional players rotate between playing in turn and observing. Mah Jongg is a game which teaches players how to overcome rigid thinking by changing the goal in the midst of play. We'll provide you a National Mah Jongg League card in large print.
This course presents a fun, concise overview of the financial markets. We will discuss the history and basics of investing, tax and estate planning and the fundamentals of managing your own investment portfolio. Learn about the forces that influence market direction while challenging conventional Wall Street wisdom. Update your understanding of tax and estate laws in order to help you prepare for April 15th. Learn ways to protect and preserve your wealth for you and your beneficiaries. No specific financial products are discussed or sold.
Have you wondered how OLLI works so well as a volunteer organization? Learn everything there is to know about OLLI, consider what is unique about OLLI's demographic, and peer at a possible leadership role for yourself. Join a class team, choose a project suggested by the OLLI Board, and benefit from mentoring by an OLLI leader. You will leave with new friends and enough solid knowledge to give an interview about OLLI. Be ready for hands-on experience, a fast pace and lots of fun!
Have you heard about the benefits of meditation (better sleep, improved health, less stress) but don't know how to start? Learn to weave meditation and relaxation into your daily life. In each session, do a brief warmup stretch, settle into a comfortable position (seated or reclined), and practice a meditation technique with the instructor's guidance. Then have some time at the end to talk about your experience. Leave with instructions for guided meditations so you can practice between sessions.
You've heard about the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation -- now it's time to do it! The gentle poses you will practice are designed specifically to stretch muscles, strengthen bones and bring flexibility to the joints. Yoga helps improve body posture, ease of movement and balance. Mindfulness and meditation help relieve stress, relax the body and quiet the mind. Get ready to improve your health while also having fun.
What do you envisage when you think about your living arrangements in future years? Explore the option of intentional communities where members often hold common values and choose to set up a community together. These communities include co-housing, co-ops, residential land trusts, ecovillages and more: hear examples from an experienced architect. Take a journey of self-discovery by completing a series of self-assessment exercises at home: then come to class and discuss what you have learned about yourself and your preferences. Required text: Your Quest for Home, A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years by Marianne Kilkenny, $24.94 available online.
Here's a chance to learn and practice the fundamentals of resistance training, core strength and stability, and functional balance for ease in movement in daily activities. The instructor will demonstrate proper form and technique, and you will be able to practice and improve under her watchful eye. You will use resistance equipment and your body weight in the exercises.
Enhance your quality of life and have fun learning some new moves: a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%! The physical, mental and social benefits of dancing are greater than with most other activities. You'll find learning line dancing is fun and easy, no partner needed. Classes may be videoed.
The Zentangle(®) Art Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns to create abstract art. Think of it as yoga for the mind. Learn the basic techniques to create beautiful hand-drawn images. No prior drawing experience necessary. Increase focus, creativity and artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. With $15 in art supplies, leave class meetings feeling that anything is possible--one stroke at a time. Bring a check for $15, made out to the instructor, to the first class.
Attention, intermediate Mah Jongg players: join us to improve your skills and learn more strategies for both offensive and defensive play. You will become a better contender by matching your wits and aptitude against experienced players. We'll provide a 2018 National Mah Jongg League card.
Move beyond the skills you developed in the OLLI beginning mountain dulcimer course. Explore several pieces of music in depth, master new songs and learn new techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. Once registered, you will receive information on purchasing music for the course (approximately $10-15). Prerequisite: Completion of beginning OLLI course or experience playing the mountain dulcimer.
In a half-century as a broadcasting executive, George Hyde traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries, learning the culture of lands he never expected to visit and racking up more than 3-million frequent flier miles in the process! Join George for his personalized travelogue that extends beyond the overcrowded tourist haunts of Western Europe.
Are you reluctant or even afraid to stand up and speak in front of a group? Learn to speak like a pro using mind-mapping technology and storytelling. You may not even need your notes. Practice crafting your speech with stories and then deliver it informally to a group that you can be sure will be on your side.
Learn how to create clarity, direction and healing in your life through self-hypnosis. Tap into your wellspring of unlimited inner resources and guidance by using relaxation, guided imagery and meditation. Benefits may include reduced stress and increased energy levels, healing of past and current relationships, elimination of unwanted patterns and behaviors, overcoming sleeping difficulties, enhanced creativity, self-expression and more. Harpist Sharon Stoll will play at the start of each class meeting and share insights on music and meditation.
Build your strength and endurance through fun movements. Stretch, lift, breathe and practice balance in a series of standing exercises designed to help you improve your posture, reduce your risk for falls, and even improve your bone density. Invest in your health in a personalized and medically supervised non-gym atmosphere.
This beginner to intermediate course offers a set of 17 gentle movements that exercise the whole physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. These movements help the mind return to stillness, clarity and wisdom and the body become balanced, relaxed and healthy. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Participants should wear sneakers or athletic shoes and comfortable clothing that permits movement.

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How does a dream become a reality? Just do it! Through photos, stories, maps and other documents, join me in reliving my rich experience of walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the Way of St. James. My destination: the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino has been a pilgrimage route since the ninth century.