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We provide fun, educational, and dynamic informal classes including photography, dancing, art, fitness and more! Try a variety of classes with us without an intimidating time commitment.

Beginning Russian Language starts on September 16th.

Beginning Russian Language starts on September 16th.

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Becky Behling, MS, GCFP, cPT, is a movement educator with 40 years of experience in group fitness, personal training and post-rehabilitation exercise. She has taught several different Feldenkrais class as Informal Classes, including an introductory class, Core Control, Lessons for Triathletes and more. This fall’s classes include Feldenkrais Method and Chronic Injury and a new class, Bones for Life. Explore how you move and rethink the ways you use your body with these classes, leading you to more ease in movement. Learn more in our interview with Becky below:

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Becky Behling: Students can expect to gain insights into how they organize and carry out movement. They will learn how frequently their movement preferences, patterns of control and adaptive motor patterns interfere with their comfort and physical abilities. They will discover that easier movement is accessible.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
BB: The Feldenkrais Method offers a unique and profound exploration experience through Awareness Through Movement lessons. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Method’s developer, said: “The aim [of the Feldenkrais Method] is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.”

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
BB: I was among first women certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association back in the 1970s. Like Dr. Feldenkrais, I was seeking help for a knee injury I had sustained in a physical activity class during college, and the athletic trainer seemed to have all the answers. My BA/MS were in physical education/athletic training. My stint as an athletic trainer has been especially helpful during the past 26 years as I have worked as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, and post-rehabilitation exercise specialist. About 15 years ago, I experienced multiple changes in movement during my first Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. I became intensely curious to learn more about the gentle yet profound ways in which the Method used awareness to provoke change, and sometimes very quickly. I was so fascinated that I began a PhD hoping to research the Feldenkrais Method and other non-traditional approaches to physical activity with older adults. I completed 42 hours, but decided to pursue the four year training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
BB: The human body is endlessly fascinating with its infinite capacity to adapt and change so that the demands of life can be met. The people in my classes are a continual source of inspiration and joy as they share details their lives. I have tremendous respect for the compassion, kindness, and love that students have blessed me with.

Becky’s first class this fall starts September 2. Register online!

Very cool news here at UT! Don’t miss the 10 things you need to know… .
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The University of Texas System Boards of Regents approved the appointment of Adm. William McRaven as the system’s next chancellor.Congrats and Hook ‘em, Admiral! ICYMI: 10 things you need to know about UT System’s next chancellor

Very cool news here at UT! Don’t miss the 10 things you need to know… .

utaustin:

The University of Texas System Boards of Regents approved the appointment of Adm. William McRaven as the system’s next chancellor.

Congrats and Hook ‘em, Admiral!

ICYMI: 10 things you need to know about UT System’s next chancellor

Source: utaustin

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Crowdfunding can be a great method to raise capital for your project. Learn the basics and investigate several of the crowdfunding websites out there. Explore the advantages and the downfalls of crowdfunding and find out if this approach to funding your project is a good fit for you. We have two sessions of this new class this fall, one on September 15 and one on November 3.

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Interested in learning to fly? Pass the FAA written private pilot class with help from our class, Private Pilot Instruction. Study:

  • the aerodynamic principles of flight
  • aviation weather
  • navigation
  • airport operations and more!

Class starts on September 15.

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Writing instructor Emily Carter started out in archeology, which gave her “the opportunity to write and publish professionally for many years.” However, when Emily was really able to start exploring her love for fiction writing in community education classes, she discovered how amazing it was to share her hopes and dreams with like-minded students. “Back in the 1980s I joined a New Play Workshop and my play won. So it was produced on an Austin stage three seasons and then won a hometown award – which led to a job writing a docu-drama for Public Television – which got great reviews and was a finalist in the New York TV & Film Festival. From there I went on to publish a Texas Travel magazine for 12-years until I retired.” Now Emily is pursuing an “encore career” as a fiction writer and bringing her passion and expertise to Informal Classes! Learn more about Emily’s classes at the links below:

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Don’t become a victim of identity theft or phishing scams! Protect your privacy and keep safe from cybercrime with tricks and tips you learn in our upcoming class, Cybercrimes and Your Privacy.

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Instructor Eileen “Ike” West, MA, has taught grant writing workshops for both non-profit organizations and state agencies over the years, and has been teaching through Informal Classes for over 20 years.  Her upcoming session, which will take place on September 13, is guaranteed to be as chock-full of information as usual.  Her former student Nina Morris wrote, “Ike is a delightful and engaging speaker with excellent technical and anecdotal info.  The class was on task, interesting, and gave us a clear vision of the topc and what to expect.”  If grant writing is in your future at your organization, take advantage of Ike’s expertise and sign up for Grant Writing I.

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Jennifer Finegold is an expert on 5 element acupuncture and is also a certified hypnotherapist. She is offering two classes with us this fall, including Explore Five Element Acupuncture and Healing, Health and Happiness with Hypnotherapy. Read on for our interview with Jennifer, one of our twenty new instructors this fall.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of Explore Five Element Acupuncture?
Jennifer Finegold: Students can expect to learn the foundation of acupuncture and how it works, the history of five element acupuncture and how the elements interplay in our thoughts, actions, and emotions. In this understanding you can have a deeper self awareness, which can help you experience more balance and well-being.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
JF: How each of the elements are active in our selves, our relationships and the world around us! Your perspective on life and the environment will be forever changed.

IC: Can you tell us about your background in the field?
JF: I earned a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed a 3-year apprenticeship program in 5 element acupuncture. I currently have a private practice in Austin, TX. I have personally transformed in experiencing this medicine for health and healing and want to share it with others.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
JF: I continue to learn more and more about the elements and how they  manifest for different people and different situations.

Register for Jennifer’s classes on our website.

Discover the beauty of pastels in our upcoming class, great for beginners. Pastels can be used as paints or for drawing - explore using the media both ways and dive into landscapes, still life painting and abstracts. Class starts 9/10! Register online.