Class Descriptions - Group Exercise

The entire Yale Community is welcome to all classes! 

All Yale faculty, staff and spouses/partners are welcome to our classes.  The “non-member” rate listed is for those Yale community people who are not currently Payne Whitney Gym members.


A.M. Yoga

 For the morning person! A Hatha Yoga class that will help you start off your day with a sense of relaxation and well being. Open to all levels.

Hatha Yoga 

 Developed over 5000 years ago, by the sages in India, this system includes physical postures and breathing practices that develop balance, flexibility and a relaxed state of mind. The fluid, graceful exercise helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, balance, breath control, and deep relaxation.

Introduction to Yoga

 Taught in the Iyengar Method, this is an introductory class for students new to Yoga. Learn basic yoga postures in a clear, safe and practical manner. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes proper alignment and adheres to classical principles outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Kundalini Yoga 

General Kundalini Yoga Class consists of Breathing Exercises, Warm-Up’s, Kriyas

(specific set of exercises for a specific effect), Chanting, Relaxation, Meditation.


Sculpt Yoga

Combines yoga, free weights squats, push-ups, core strength, and cardio bursts to create a challenging full-body workout set to a fun music playlist. 

Healing & Stress Release

Keep up and you will be kept up!  Stressful and challenging times demand an effective approach to tame the mind and control the body. Investigate and immersive yourself in meditative techniques from the anciend science Kundalini Yoga and Nam Rasayan. We will use the tools of pranayam, warm-up exercises, meditation, sound and deep relaxation to guide you in a state of neutrality (shunjia). Your perception and self-awareness will change and your nervous system will be stabilized. The flow of like can open up and manifest itself in its highest vibration. Happiness, containment and contentment are the fruits of it as a direct result. 


Boot Camp:  A high-intensity cardio and strength conditioning class that includes athletic strength training and military-style drills. The instructor will stress correct movement technique and will show modifications for all levels.

Insanity: Is a total body workout that focuses on using your own body weight for resistance. Implementing a fitness method called “max interval training”, you will most assuredly be sweating by the end of the class.

Cardio-Kickboxing: An amazing aerobic experience, utilizing martial arts based kickboxing techniques to increase muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, and balance. No prior martial arts experience necessary. Find this course listed under “Martial Arts” in our course catalog.

 Body ShredWith the use of light weights and your own body weight, this class helps students push to build and tone muscle; burn calories and strengthen the core.   

SpinningClimb aboard our specialized bikes and enjoy this unique mind-body experience. Our instructors will lead you through a variety of courses as you “ride with the pack” in this class, limited only by your stamina and imagination. These classes are unlike anything else you’ve experienced before. The bikes are brand new and the music is loud. If you like cardio workouts, you’ll love spinning!

Zumba:  Pretty much the most awesome workout ever. Dance to great music (latin and international rhythms), with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it. Join us for this fun, total body workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Zumba is for everyone, and no, you don’t have to know how to dance!


Agrentine Tango- Beginner: Learn this wonderful dance in a basic dance class consisting of footwork, lead and follow techniques taught with authentic Argentine Music.

Agrentine Tango- Intermediate Advanced: A more challenging class for students with some previous Argentine Tango experience. This class will have more complicated combinations and advanced movements than the introductory class to take students to the next level of this classic dance platform.

Ballet - Beginner: For those with little or no ballet experience. Introduction to basic positions and movements of classic ballet.

Ballet- Pointe: This class is open to both those with experience and beginning pointe dancers. Several years of ballet classes are necessary prior to starting pointe. The class will include barre, center and traveling exercises, along with phrases and short variations from ballet repertoire.

Ballet- Inter/advancedFor those with several years of ballet training and current performers. Students should be able to execute the ballet lexicon with proficiency.

Classical Barre : Is an all levels group class geared towards those interested in strengthening the leg and hip muscles and core, while building in cardiovascular training. Barre will challenge the balance and coordination of practitioners and is meant to supplement Pilates training, or other forms of athletics.  Taught with the principles and movements of classical ballet, this barre class is not what you’ll see at other barre fitness studios.  Practitioners should plan to wear ballet shoes or tight-fitting socks. As an all level class, Classical Barre is taught with modifications and hands-on assistance from the instructor.

Modern Dance, Intermediate: A slightly more challenging class for students with some dance or movement experience. This class will have more complicated combinations, while implementing techniques from various choreographers including Cunningham, Taylor and many more. Have lots of fun and great exercise utilizing creative movement techniques.

Salsa Beginner: Bringing the Islands to you one step at a time. Learn the basic steps of Salsa & more. This class is for beginners and dance enthusiasts a like. Alisa will teach you the fundamental techniques of Latin dancing. No dance experience or partner necessary for this class.

Salsa Inter/adv: You have mastered your basic steps of salsa. Now it’s time to learn more technique, turn patterns and partner work taking your Latin Dancing to the next level. No partner necessary.

Pregnancy fitness: Combines yoga based mind-body and special pregnancy exercises as well as appropriate cardiovascular movement to prepare for labor, ease the discomforts of pregnancy and facilitate mother’s recovery. Class also provides enjoyable social support.

Post Partum/Mom and Baby Fitness:  Strength and cardio exercises to regain core body strength and ease the transition from pregnant to postpartum. The exercises help facilitate mother-baby bonding.

Martial Arts:

Tae Kwon Do (The Way of the Foot and the Fist): This Korean based martial art form uses the hands and feet in blocking and attacking maneuvers. Class emphasizes the use of the whole body, enhances flexibility and coordination, and increases aerobic capability, while mastering the skills of this art form

Self defense for men and women: Learn vital self defense techniques in this valuable class, taught by our Martial Arts staff. Learn to defend against sexual and other forms of physical assault and partake in discussion related to general campus personal safety. A practical class for modern day city living.

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art. As a form of physical exercise, karate utilizes all parts of the body. Karate training increases the strength, speed, stamina, coordination, reflexes, and balance of the student. This traditional form of karate is not only a means of conditioning for self-defense, but it is a way to imporve self-awareness, confidence and discipline. 

Sports Skills:

Fencing: Basic introduction to basic skills of footwork, stance, use of weapon, and related strategies of fencing. This class is taught by our wonderful fencing coach, who is one of the best coaches on the planet. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a true master. No previous experienced is required.

Adult Beginning Swimming: For those who have minimal or no water skills, and/or limited familiarity with water environment. Learn to become comfortable in the water and improve some of the basic stroke techniques, including the crawl stroke and other elementary strokes as appropriate. Work at your own pace with close guidance from the instructor.

Adult intermediate- Advanced Swimming: For those who have some swimming experience and are comfortable in the water environment. Coordination and refinement of strokes and water skills is the focus of this class. Instructors will challenge each swimmer as skill level and comfort level permits.


Level 1: Exploration: Help students feel relaxed and enjoy the water safely. Work with breath control, floating and kicking.

Level 2: Primary Skills: Achieve success with fundamentals of Level 1.

Level 3: Stroke Readiness: Practice Level 2, Coordinate crawl stroke, intro elementary back stroke, tread water, and begin to dive.

Level 4: Stroke Development: Develop confidence and endurance with strokes from Level 3; introduce new strokes and turns.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Coordinate and refine key strokes. Work on butterfly, open turns and surface dives.

Level 6: Skill Proficiency: Refine strokes for ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distanced.

Refund Policy:  Requests for refunds will be pro-rated and must be made in person at Payne Whitney Gym, Room 509.  Hours for refunds are:  Monday-Friday, 1:30 pm-4:45 pm.  Deadline for refunds is friday, 09/21 .  No refunds will be issued thereafter, except for medical reasons (documentation will be required). 

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