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WHAT'S OFFERED: Experienced fitness instructors among our membership have volunteered to provide their services to companions through the Sanctuary Fitness Program. The classes they offer are listed below. All are via Zoom, except as noted. When the Sanctuary opens for fitness classes, several of these will move to the Sanctuary, some will continue on Zoom, and others will be added to the list.

FEES AND PAYMENT: Payment for Zoom classes is voluntary, with a suggested donation of five dollars per class. Pay for classes through the Gift Shop website. Participation in recorded classes is free of charge.

CONTACTING INSTRUCTORS: Contact any fitness instructor directly to ask questions or or sign up for a class. The instructor will send you a Zoom meeting invitation to the class you’re interested in attending.






I studied Pilates with Ghida Heaps and the Physical Mind Institute. Pilates exercises incorporate a unique combination of strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and body awareness.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: My Pilates mat class consists of exercises designed to build muscular strength (especially in the abs and back) and flexibility. Deep breathing and relaxation techniques are essential components of the class. Standing Pilates exercises build balance. The exercises are adaptable to a wide range of abilities. You’ll need a mat for this class.


TIME: Mondays, 5:00–5:35 p.m. Pacific / 8:00–8:35 p.m. Eastern

WATCH THE VIDEO: Introduction to Pilates




I taught fitness classes (cardio dance and strength) for twenty-six years. I was certified as a personal trainer many years ago.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class focuses on moderate strength training exercises (to music) for the upper body (with free weights), and gluteal, abdominal, core, and balance exercises. The class is appropriate for people of all experience levels – come when you can!

TIME: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7:00–7:35 a.m. Pacific/ 10:00–10:35 a.m. Eastern





I’ve been dancing since I was a little kid. I was invited to join the Dholrhythms Dance Company in 2007, and I performed and taught classes with them and Non-Stop Bhangra in San Francisco and Berkeley for twelve years, until 2020. Bhangra is an Indian harvest folk dance with loose and easy movements. It’s what everyone dances at Indian weddings; it’s often called a “happy dance”.


Join us for Indian Bhangra dance which is from North India. We’ll do easy-to-follow choreography with imagery and references to Meher Baba’s life and work to create dances with names such as “The Manzil-E-Meem”, “The Sri Aurobindo”, “The Byramangala”, and “The Ramana Maharshi”. 

During class, we’ll do two short dance combinations, which consist of five moves each.  Every move is very simple, easy for beginners with an arm component and a foot component. If needed, the class can be done sitting down, and then becomes a good arm workout.

This is an in-person class. Drop-ins are completely fine. It's not required to attend consistently because each week is a stand alone class.


NEW TIME: Tuesdays, 4:00–4:30 p.m. 

LOCATION: Sanctuary Rehearsal Room 2 (R2)




I became a certified zhineng (wisdom) qigong teacher because I’ve experienced many health benefits through the practice of this form of qigong, including a recovery from a serious concussion. I felt compelled to share this practice with others. This practice, merging several qigong traditions into one, was developed by Dr. Pang Ming, the founder of China's largest and most successful medicine-less hospital. I have studied with two of Dr. Pang’s students since 2017. This modern form of qigong is for people of all ages and physical abilities. 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Through gentle movement, visualization, sound vibrations, and mindful meditation, this class improves your flexibility and balance. It also strengthens your immune system and activates your natural healing energy.

CLASS MEETS: This class will begin on Thursday, May 19, at a time to be determined. The class will be on Zoom, with a monthly practice in the East Garden.



I began studying yoga as a seven-year-old with my mother, who was an avid yoga practitioner. I continued my studies with teachers in Europe, India, and the U.S. Over the years, I’ve combined several styles into a balance between breathing, movements, and postures. 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class goes into postures slowly and gently, allowing the body to explore itself. Adventurous students can go as deeply into a pose as they like; others will learn to find the right balance between capability and possibility.


TIME: Saturdays, 4:00–5:00 p.m. Pacific / 7:00–8:00 p.m. Eastern



Morning routine

Focus on the hips

Focus on the neck

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