The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is now offering fitness programs at its new location at the Van Emmon Activity Center (102 E Van Emmon St, Yorkville). Classes will be offered during the week in the mornings and evenings, and on Saturday mornings. A full list of fitness classes and descriptions are featured below. For more information on class times, please refer to the current catalog. To register for a class visit yorkville.il.us/register.
Benefit the body and mind through Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of Yoga in America. Through breath, posture, and meditation, participants will reduce anxiety as well as achieve physical goals, create muscle tone, and increase flexibility during poses that align the body. Participants should bring a Yoga mat, towel, and water bottle to class. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online at Yorkville.il.us/register.
This Hatha class is an enjoyable, yet functional fitness approach that caters to all abilities by allowing participants to stand with a mat or use a chair for stability. Improve your flexibility, strength, and range of motion while reversing the effects of aging through slow, deliberate movements and breath control. Participants should bring a Yoga mat, towel, and water bottle to class. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online at Yorkville.il.us/register.
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting workout that is based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO". The routines feature aerobic and fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Preregistration is required. Registration is available online at Yorkville.il.us/register.
STRONG By Zumba
STRONG by Zumba® is a revolutionary high-intensity workout led by music to motivate you to crush your ultimate fitness goals. Class will combine high-intensity interval training with the science of synced music motivation. In every class, music and moves sync perfectly to push you beyond your limits. Two registration options are available for the STRONG by Zumba only. You may register for this program via a punch card system, $25 for 5 visits or drop in and only pay $5 per class! You can attend scheduled classes around your own schedule for maximum flexibility.
Please note, punch cards will expire 6 weeks after purchase.
The Zumbini program is designed for children ages 0-4 and an adult guardian, combines music and movement for 45 minutes of non-stop bonding, learning, and FUN!
Meet the Instructors
Kayla Djidic - Strong By Zumba / Zumba
Hi I’m Kayla! I love all things fitness and fun! I cannot wait to bring STRONG by Zumba to Yorkville! This class is so amazing and unique! Staying active is not only important but a passion of mine, and I survive to show others that staying fit can be fun! Aside from teaching and training, I love being a mom and wife and spending time with my family. I hope see you in class soon! Let’s reach your fitness goals together!
Rachel Wixon - Zumbini
Rachel is our Zumbini Instructor! Zumbini is an amazing program for families with children 0-4 years old. She became passionate about this program when her oldest son was 8 months old; and loves that children can learn developmental skills through play. Rachel enjoys being creative in many areas of her life such as cake decorating and crafting, and loves quality time with her family. She has been teaching Zumbini now for 2 years and looks forward to sharing this experience with more and more families!
Taylor Godfrey - Restorative Yoga
Taylor is a mother, a student, a Yoga Instructor, a Reiki Practitioner, a Holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula, and an End of Life Doula. Through out her field of work, Taylor works with newborns and young children, teens and young adults, middle aged folks and those who are the wiser ones; her passion is supporting people of all walks of life in their health and wellness practices. As a yoga instructor, she teaches a variety of classes from Vinyasa, to Restorative, Yin, Prenatal and much more. Her aim is to offer hands on engagement, alignment cueing, emphasis on breath work and the invitation for all people from all practices and backgrounds to step foot on the mat and show up. When Taylor is not teaching or working, she enjoys nature walks, home cooked meals and pampering all with her daughter.
Elizabeth Heriaud - Hatha Yoga
My name is Liz and I have been a fitness instructor for more than 10 years. I have always enjoyed exercising, especially in a group setting where we can share common goals and feed off of each other's positive energy. I love to motivate others on their wellness journey! My current love and format of choice is yoga, where we have the ability to generate wellness in the body as well as the mind. Yoga teaches us to slow down and move with purpose, setting an intention for every practice. We gain flexibility, strength, balance and so much more! My credentials are AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor and I have also completed AFAA Yoga Essentials Training. My past experience includes teaching Step, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aquatics, Core and More, Dance HIIT, Spin, Teen Strength, Circuit Training and TRX. I am an American Heart Association BLS Instructor and Instructor Trainer, and President of Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, a provider of AEDs and related supplies. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my family, connecting with nature, riding bikes, and playing with my 5 pets.
For additional information on fitness classes and other activities offered through the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department, please refer to the current catalog. To register from your computer or mobile device, please visit Yorkville.il.us/register. If you are having trouble with the online registration system, please reach out to us by email any time or phone 630-553-4357 during office hours.