The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is now offering fitness programs at the Van Emmon Activity Center (102 E Van Emmon St, Yorkville). Classes will be offered during the week in the mornings and evenings. 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.Two registration options are available. 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. Payment is accepted by Credit or Debit Card only and is accepted during class.
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. 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. Payment is accepted by Credit or Debit Card only and is accepted during class.
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! Preregistration is required, registration is available online at www.yorkville.il.us/register.
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!
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.
It was as if the strings were being pulled in all directions when Dan Shanahan discovered a means of grounding himself in the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. Within a year of that time, Dan began teacher training through Yoga Gyan Jyoti and received his 200-CYT in 2011. Since then, Dan has deepened his yoga teaching by attending a variety of workshops, conferences, and trainings around the continent.
Dan has been an Usui Reiki practician since 2009. He often integrates that Japanese healing modality of Reiki chakra balancing in his class teachings with yoga students which assists in the realignment of the body and spirit through breath, postures, and awareness.
Dan is a 2013 BhaktImmersion® alumnus of Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, and he often incorporates music, voice, and rhythm in his yoga classes.
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.