Special Events, Specialty Classes, and
Small Group Personal Training

The most current events are found at the the top of the page. If you are interesting in learning more about our Specialty Classes or our Small Group Personal Training, please click on the highlighted text to quickly jump down the page to those sections. Otherwise, keep reading to learn about the latest events planned for our community.

Yoga for Grief, Loss, and Life Transitions
Zoom Workshop

The crisis of illness, death or separation from loved ones can be traumatic, yet inside these moments is an invitation to change. Yoga is an ancient tool of transformation. Learn how to use the simple yogic prescription of conscious breath and movement to bring healing awareness to your grief journey.

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 During this 3-hour workshop we will:

  1. Address the universality of loss as well as its uniqueness, including what is happening physically, emotionally and spiritually to you in response to your loss.**
  2. Bring your grief to the yoga mat.
  3. Practice simple and accessible yoga postures to foster “active relaxation.”** There will be time for sharing personal experiences of loss, but this is not a requirement for participation.

Presenter Sarah Neary, LMSW, CT, RYT, will share her personal and professional experience with grief and loss; and how she uses the practice of yoga to build physical and emotional resilience during times of sorrow, confusion and change. Sarah is a social worker with Oaknoll Retirement Community, a yoga instructor with Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center, an organic farmer, and artist.

“There is no fruit that is not bitter before it is sweet.”
-Pubililius Syrus

This workshop will be held on May 16, 2020, from 1:30-4:30PM.
Registration may be completed online or by calling the studio (319-337-4777).

Tuition is $60 for this event. Zoom login information will be sent once registration is complete. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot!!

Head Smart: Training Your Brain
with Personal Trainer Holly Carpenter

Update on Friday, March 20: Holly’s workshop on Head Smart will not be released online on Saturday, March 21.   Once we have our new webinar system connected appropriately we will inform you of the release date and time.  We will make the webinar available beyond the release date and time in case you are not available during the actual release.  Our apologies for the delay in releasing Body Moves’ very first Webinar!

Learn state-of-the-art information about physical activity as intervention to increase your brain health. Holly will describe the meaning of “cognitive aging,” “cognitive decline,” and “cognitive reserve.” She will discuss how to improve functional brain networks, and the effects of specific exercise on the brain and cognition. Attendees will get a chance to practice brain health exercises, including combining exercise with cognitive stimuli, and learn about classes you can take at Body Moves that will make you more Head Smart.


Please sign-up for this event online, by phone (319.337.4777), or in person at the studio.

Specialty On-going Series

In specialty classes, students learn through an established progression of content and technique. Due to the nature of instruction, class enrollments are typically small in number. Examples of a specialty series are Small Group Personal Training, T’ai Chi, and Yoga with a Chair. You can find a specific class by scrolling down or using the quick links listed below.

T’ai Chi
Yoga with a Chair
Small Group Personal Training

T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi is an ancient martial art uses slow, flowing movement and postures to increase balance, strength, focus, energy, and grounding. Based on simple but challenging principles of movement, it lifts the spirit and calms the mind. T’ai Chi is not just exercise; it is a way to move through life!

T’ai Chi is a progressive series.  As you progress though the 37 posture short form, Cheng  Man-Ching style, new postures will be introduced. Students will build upon the short form postures while continuing to practice the basic principles. Upon completion of the form, students continue to make adjustments, implement basic principles and practice form correction.  Each of the sessions is 60-minutes in length.

Body Moves offers four levels of T’ai Chi under a 12-month contract. Click here to see our current t’ai chi classes. Registration is limited. Please visit or call the studio (319-337-4777) for more information or help with registration.

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Monday’s from 5:30-6:30PM

Thursday’s from  5:30-6:30PM

Thursday’s from  6:30-7:30PM

Monday’s from  6:30-7:30PM


Yoga with a Chair

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Yoga with a Chair is a very gentle form of yoga which works the muscles and joints to increase flexibility, mobility, strength, balance, energy, and relaxation without having to get up and down from the floor. There is an emphasis on breath work as a method of relaxation and focus.

The exercise of yoga encourages proper breathing, improved posture, and light form of meditation. It has been known to help with reducing blood pressure, improve circulation, quicken recovery from injuries and surgery, and improve sleep. It is a pleasurable way for people with physical limitations to experience the overall well -being of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It also helps to firm and tone the body.

The class is perfect for anyone with physical limitations who wants to find an adaptive form of yoga as well as those wanting to learn about yoga and basic poses either for the first time or as a refresher.  Reserve your spot early as class size is limited. Dress in comfortable clothes. Please visit or call the studio with any questions or to register at 319-337-4777.

Meet each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30AM

Small Group Personal Training

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The two fastest growing trends in wellness are Functional Fitness and Small Group Personal Training, and they are popular with good reason!  Together they help people achieve necessary changes to enable them to live active, full, and satisfying lives. Our Small Group Personal Training Program focuses on Functional Fitness.

What is Functional Fitness? It’s an exercise program designed to enhanced performance in day-to-day, real-life movements and activities.

In personal training, you meet with your trainer and small group twice a week for 7–12 months. More than just strength training and cardio exercise, our program begins with an initial assessment to address your health concerns, including screenings of your upper and lower body strength, cardio-respiratory level, balance, agility, and flexibility; as well as your current daily health behavior practices that help and interfere with you staying on a wellness track. Your trainer and group members will work with you to achieve your goals for greater health, fitness, and wellness, while also paying strict attention to the ACSM (American College of Sport Medicine) Exercise Guidelines for overall adult wellness and fitness.

During this program, trainers Cathryn Lucas and Holly Carpenter will design individualized workouts for you based on your needs and aspirations.  Our trainers are experienced in working with adults who want to lead active, vital lives. They know that people generally underestimate what they can accomplish in overall functional fitness and wellness and will evaluate your progress throughout the program to lead you to reach realistic goals.

This is a program designed for long-term success and lifestyle change. Research positively supports small group training for social and motivational support. Small group training also allows for personalized training that is affordable. It is the best of all worlds in fitness programs!

What you do in this program will surprise you and will positively impact you both now and later in life into your 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  The rewards of being in this program are priceless! Call us at 319-337-4777 to reserve one of the five spaces in a training group.