Living Well @ Western
Live Classes and Recorded Versions
Classes will be held through Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date to accommodate any conflicts in scheduling. Interested in staying up-to-date with programming changes? Send us an email to request being added to our mailing list.
This activity class focuses on breath control, mindfulness, and adopting specific postures to promote relaxation and improve the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Namaste.
When: Mondays from 12:00-12:45 PM; January 11-February 22
Zoom ID: 916-8055-8072
Instructor: Cassie Ellis
This high-energy aerobic fitness class features movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. You are guaranteed to have fun while improving coordination, balance, strength, and heart health.
When: Tuesdays from 12:00-12:45 PM; January 12–February 23
Zoom ID: 932-8431-2460
Instructors: Heidi Liao and Angelica Lucaci
In this class, we focus on functional movement patterns such as squatting, hingeing, lunging, pushing, pulling, and twisting. By learning and engaging proper form in your workouts, you will reduce your risk of injury while performing everyday tasks - such as lunging to tie your shoe, squatting to lift a box, pulling a heavy door closed, or pushing it open. Plus, these types of movements use multiple muscles at once, so you are getting an effective and efficient workout while strengthening your body holistically. Come train with Ariana and let's put the "FUN" back in "functional".
When: Wednesday from 12:00-12:45 PM; February 3-24
Zoom ID: 995-3980-3051
Instructor: Ariana Crispin-Frei
This activity class focuses on improving posture, balance, coordination, strength and breath control by practicing a series of physical postures. Use the power of positive thinking to develop harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Namaste.
When: Thursdays from 12:00-12:45 PM; January 14-February 25
Zoom ID: 970-5982-4327
Instructor: Melissa Ostrowski
No livestream will be available for the class on Friday, February 26th.
A recording will be uploaded and available for viewing.
This low-impact form of exercise aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates moves tend to target the core, but manages to engage muscles throughout the entire body!
When: Fridays from 12:00-12:40 PM; February 5-April 30
Zoom ID: 819-0030-0190
Instructor: Jenny Goldberg
Grab your supplies and join us for guided lessons that will tap into your artistic side! In this workshop, we will explore accessible abstract techniques and experiment with colour, form, line and texture to create our own art installation!
Materials Needed: 2-3 small canvases (12"x12"), pallet knife (or small flat-edge knife/cafe lifter), acrylic paint (6-8 colours including black and white), one large (2") brush and two smaller brushes, cup of water for cleaning, painter's tape or masking tape, string, scrap paper (minimum letter size), textured/ribbed objects you'd like to experiment with, drop sheet or newspaper
Instructor: Kristina Bell
Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing: November 17 (landscape painting)
Take a break! Winter Wellness week is all about taking the time to focus on your personal wellness. Join Hayden over the lunch-hour break as he performs original pieces, in addition to covers from Marvin Gaye and Chris Stapleton. Sit back, relax and unwind.
Zoom ID: 957-0809-5367
When: Thursday, February 11th; 12-1PM
Musician: Hayden Glenn Wakefield
10-Minute Wellness Break Videos
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Wellness Champions Network
Are you passionate about health and wellness? Do you believe in a holistic approach and understand the importance of developing a sound body, mind and spirit? Have great ideas on how to engage your colleagues? Sign up to be a wellness champion for your department and help us spread wellness across campus.
Additional Sources and Resources
Looking for ways to stay active while staying at home and working on social distancing? Sports and Recreation wants our Mustangs to be able to stay active, so our Western Campus Recreation Fitness is going LIVE on Instagram @Western_Rec with daily classes.
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Your Employee (and family) Assistance Plan is now LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell. Learn about the changes on our LifeWorks - Your EAP webpage, or visit the EAP home page for details on all the services, supports and resources available to you and your family. Services include counselling which is available by phone, videoconference, secure email and chat.
Learn how to access custom developed training sessions created by the world’s best trainers. Lift by LifeWorks, by Morneau Shepell provides a full suite of fitness offerings without ever stepping outside your house.
The London-Middlesex chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) offers a number of free workshops and events every month. Choose from activities like mindfulness, mood walks and wellness talks.
Gain access to over 600 full length workout videos for free. There is something for everyone – from beginner to workout warrior. Most of these workouts require little to no equipment and can be done from the office or home.
Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale – the most popular class in the university's 300-year history – Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share inspiring stories. There are 21 episodes to choose from, including bonus episodes related to the Coronavirus.
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