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Healthy Lifestyle Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops spanning the full spectrum of experience – some focus on the physical being and others on the mental being.

Chair Yoga

Yoga practiced sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. Many of the poses are adapted from mat yoga. A great fit for beginners and those who are unable to take our mat classes. 

Gentle Yoga

This class features gentle stretches and poses using resistance to help develop strength. This class focuses on giving those grieving loss a safe, supportive space to practice yoga techniques to help recapture a sense of well-being. Appropriates for all levels. 

Yoga & Meditation

Explore yoga asana to become aware of the body, the gently shift to guided meditation. This class welcomes all levels to move through yoga poses at their own pace, finding what works best for their body and mind.

Yoga

Mat yoga class including stretching, deep breathing, balancing, functional strength and relaxation. Stretch your body and mind. Develop flexibility and balance. 

Tai Chi

An ancient Chinese exercise combining physical exercise and meditation. No experience required.

T'ai Chi Chih

Based on ancient Chinese wisdom, T'ai Chi Chih is 19 simple, slow, gentle movements that circulate and balance energy. It is a "moving meditation" that brings serenity and greater sense of well-being. Movements can be done standing, seated or through visualization. 

Brain Fitness

Formerly named, Body Awakening, this one-of-a-kind program focused on improving the brain's ability to fuction efficiently and effectively which will help you adapt to constantly changing environment and physical conditions. This class uses rhythm and coordination exercises to bilaterally activate and stimulate the brain's natural ability to form new connections which promote neuroplasicity, creativity, focus and resilience. Additionally, you will learn acupressure protocols for stress management, energy restoration, allergy reduction, etc. as well as relaxation and breathing techiniques. Besdies great results, you will have a ton of fun  through the enjoyment of juggling balls.

Meditation 

Meditation can be a source of energy, wisdom and strength. This class will teach you basic relaxation, breath meditation and visualization. 

BeMoved®

BeMoved® shares the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities and believes that movement, expressed through dance and music, has a transformative power that enriches a person's well-being. 

Boot Camp

This exercise class will boost your Boot Camp exercise practice by teaching you simple exercises to increase your strength and endurance. All experience levels welcome. 

Zumba

Get on your feet! Come be a part of this lively dance fitness program with a Latin beat!

 

Creative Arts Expression

Sewing with Sophie
Unleash your Creativity
Journaling
The Kitchen Table
Book Support
Community Art

 

Social Activities

These events provide members with opportunities to laugh, dance, talk and joke together as a community so that no one has to face cancer alone.  Examples include: newcomers member breakfasts, quarterly social events, cooking demos, improvisational classes, baking club an jewelry making.

Emily Dorfman Resource Center

Find over 1,000 books for all ages, access to computers, community events board, research studies, resources and more! Enjoy a movie or relax and read in the adjacent living room. Free Internet access for all members!

Educational Lectures and Workshops

Educational lectures and workshops provide members with opportunities to acquire new skills, tools, information, and techniques in order to increase understanding about cancer and a sense of control.  Examples include: lectures on cancer diagnoses and treatment, complementary treatments, nutritional workshops

Open to Options®

Open to Options® is a service that can help you prepare for an upcoming doctor’s appointment in which you will be making a treatment decision.  In a brief one-hour session, a Gilda’s Club Chicago staff member can help you create a list of questions and concerns to share with your doctor that will help you explore your situation and develop the best treatment option.  The service can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit by empowering you to talk more openly with your health care team about the things that really matter to you in your cancer treatment.  The program is available for people with any stage of cancer.  Staff will not provide any medical advice or information about cancer and its treatment.  For more information about the program or to schedule a session, please contact Rachel Kennedy, Program Director, at 312-464-9900 extension 130.

Additional Information

Continuing Education

Social Workers and Professional Counselors may obtain free CEUs for attending educational offerings at the downtown Clubhouse on Wells Street.  For additional information or to register for CEUs, please contact Shannon Zaleski, LCSW, OSW-C, Associate Director Clubhouse Programs, at shannonzaleski@gildasclubchicago.org.

Reservations

If you plan to attend any of our activities, it is best to check our calendar for the most updated information and to register. Virtual programming requires registration on our website, preferably at least 24 hours in advance. In-person programming that requires a reservation, will be noted on the website calendar. For these programs, please complete the online RSVP or call the Clubhouse to sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that if less than 5 people are registered 24 hours in advance, the program may be canceled. 

Supervised Play for Kids

We’re happy to entertain kids during our programs, but we need to know you’re coming. Please call 312-464-9900 or  email at least 48 hours in advance with your children’s names and ages so we can have a Noogieland volunteer available for Supervised Play.

 
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