Yoga & Pilates Choices!

Aztec Recreation offers both Yoga and Pilates in two formats: Group Fitness, which is included in Aztec Recreation membership and ENS Credit Classes. Read more to learn the difference and how to join in this Spring.

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What’s the difference between a Group Fitness class and an ENS credit class?
Why would I want to pay 90$ for a class I can take for free?

These are common questions students may ask as both Yoga Inversions (focusing on the up-side down poses of headstand and shoulder stand) and Pilates are now offered in the ARC as ENS credit pilates ens bannerclasses for the first time in Spring 2015. If you just want to drop-in on occasion, check the Group Fitness schedule to find our weekly Yoga and Pilates classes. Group Fitness classes are a member benefit and are structured for all levels. Students with no previous experience in Yoga or Pilates attend. For members to participate, arrive prior to the class start time. For classes after 4pm on weekdays, you can get a number at the Group Fitness Studio door 15 minutes prior to the class start time.

If, on the other hand, you want to progress in your Yoga or Pilates skills, Aztec Recreation now offers Yoga Inversions and Pilates for credit. These are the benefits:

If you are registered for an ENS Credit Class your spot is secured and you don’t need to arrive 15 minutes early.

Taking a class for credit allows the class to progress. With the same people attending the class each week, the instructor doesn’t have to start over or cover the same material each class. It’s more than a workout where you build on the form and skills. By the end of the course you will be covering material far beyond what any group fitness class could achieve.

Secondly, if you are anything like me, that Monday morning yoga session sounds great until it actually comes down to getting out of my warm bed and walking to the gym. Taking the class for a grade is a total butt kicker to get you there, ready to go!

So, you always wanted to do a headstand? That’s exactly one of the poses that Yoga Inversions aims to teach you. Always seeking new abdominal and core exercises? Pilates is the perfect class for you.

Don’t want to take the class for a grade? Great, both Yoga Inversions and Pilates will also be offered non-credit. That way you can still reap all of the benefits of the progress and learning. To take the courses for non-credit you pay the $90 lab fee at the ARC front desk. And paying that lab fee acts just as good as a grade to get you up and ready to work out.

To join an ENS Credit Class during the add/drop time, check its status on WebPortal for seat availability. Then, contacy the instructor to see if you can get an add code. You will pay the lab fee either online or in person at the ARC. Remember, in order to take these classes, which are held inside the ARC, you must have a current ARC membership.

Article by: Jessica Lewis


SDSU Healthy Events in December

Meet Baxter. SDSU’s therapy dog.
Aztecs! Your Student Health Services Department has some wonderful options for you this month. Below are the free wellness events to help you with a successful finish this semester. Stop by for a healthy break.

Tues 12/2, 10am–3pm Relaxation Station, Campanile Walkway

Wed 12/3, 5:30pm-7pm        Fueling Your Body for Finals Workshop, Cuicicalli Dining Room

Thurs 12/4, 11am–12pm       Biofeedback for Managing Stress, Library
Thurs 12/4, 12pm-1pm        Study Tips for Finals, Library

Fri 12/5, 1pm-2pm           Biofeedback for Managing Stress, Library

Mon 12/8, 4:30pm-5:30pm     Stress Management Basics, Library

Yoga Study Break
Yoga Study Break
Tues 12/9, 7pm-7:45pm       Yoga Study Break, ENS 200 Dance Studio
Tues 12/9, 8pm–8:45pm       Yoga study Break Session II, ENS 200 Dance Studio

Wed 12/10, 5pm-6pm          Managing the Stress of Finals, Library

Thurs 12/11, 10am-3pm       Pet Therapy with Baxter, Library

Fri 12/12, 10am-3pm        Pet Therapy with Baxter, Library

Mon 12/15, 10am-3pm      Pet Therapy with Baxter, Library

Tues 12/16, 1pm–4pm         Pet Therapy with Baxter, Library

Show us your healthy study break on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: #LiveWellAztecs. The three best postings from Dec 1 – 15 will win an Aztec Recreation swag bag!Live Well Aztecs Logo


This sequence is made up of poses that will improve your core strength and help build your abs. While doing yoga is not the best way to get a six-pack, you can expect to significantly tone and strengthen your mid-section. Strengthening your core can also help relieve back pain and improve posture (nothing makes your belly look bigger than slouching!). Many of the poses recommended below are balances, which are a great way to work the core.


Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

Welcome Home – Live Fit @ the Union


Tuesday March 4th !!!

presenting: Live Fit @ the Union

Welcome Home to more fun @ the Union!  Live Fit will be a full day of free, healthy activities run by yours truly, the A.S. Aztec Recreation team. We have incorporated many of your favorite healthy interests and activities from fitness, wellness, nutrition, meditation to adventure, watersports, bowling and much more! This day will basically have it all. Whether you are just able to cruise on over for only one of these events, a few, or even hang out with us for the whole day, we welcome you.

Live Fit @ the Union Schedule:

  • 8am – 10pm:  Free workout at the ARC Express
    Cardio in natural lighting
    Cardio at the ARC Express. 3rd Floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Free access on March 4, 2014.

    Not an ARC member, yet? Try out the ARC Express for a free workout on us.  With all the new innovative equipment you’re sure to get an amazing workout on the 3rd floor @ the Union. Stay motivated with the newest and most advanced workout equipment in the fitness market today, such as the TRX, Synrgy 360, Core .., and much more. Bring your I.D. if you are not a member. Being that this equipment is so new, most people aren’t sure how to use it which is why we have arranged for FREE half-hour small group classes so you can learn (starting at noon – read on)

  • Introduction to Meditation Classes
    Close your eyes. Think of a really stressful time you had in your life; were finals the first thing that popped in your head? No, I am not a mind reader – students claim that finals are the number one cause of their stress.  We have organized an INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION class presented by our own Counseling and Psych Dept. in “Park Boulevard” Conference Room located on the first floor of the Student Union. Take the mystery out of meditation and conquer finals, don’t let them conquer you. We have several times to give meditation a try:
    10am – 10:30am
    12pm – 12:30pm
    1pm – 1:30pm
    4pm – 4:30pm
  • Healthy Eating on Campus
    With Spring Break right around the corner there’s no better time to eat healthy right here on campus! SDSU Health Promotion presents 30-minute HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOPS. Meet in “The Mesa” Conference Room on the hour every hour from 10am-3pm.
    10am – 10:30am
    11am – 11:30am
    12pm – 12:30pm
    1pm – 1:30pm
    2pm – 2:30pm
    3pm – 3:30pm 
  • 11am – 1:30pm : Information booths
    Visit booths to learn about Aztec Recreation and several wellness entities on campus, from student governance like our own A.S. Recreation and Wellness Commission, to student clubs focused on careers in the health and fitness fields. Get a ticket for a FREE tote bag to redeem at the ARC Express when stop by one of our Information booths.
  • 12 – 12:30pm and 12:30 – 1pm : TRX Small Group Classes
    TRX Suspension system
    The TRX apparatus enables participants to get a full body workout. Learn how with small group training classes.

    Whether you’re just beginning your journey into fitness or pushing towards your summit, TRX Training gives you a scalable, sustainable, fun, effective approach to help you achieve your personal best. Now you might be thinking to yourself, “But wait I have never used one before and don’t know how.” No worries, stop by the ARC Express for a FREE half-hour demonstration illustrating how to use the TRX. Bring your I.D. if you are not a member.

  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Free massages
    Need to get your date a gift for Valentine’s Day but can’t afford anything nice? We got you covered; just say you are treating them to a massage on March 4th (they don’t need to know it was free). Have an awkward gap between classes and don’t know where to go? The Wellness Lounge team of professionals will be giving FREE massages in “Park Boulevard” Conference Room located at the Student Union. Unwind relax and take advantage of these free massages.
  • 3:30 – 5pm and 5:30-7pm: Beat the Pro
    With the Olympics in season, it seemed only appropriate to give Aztec Lanes a competitive edge. For all of those who think they got game (I mean at bowling of course) start practicing and choose your lucky ball. We are bringing in Pros to add some friendly (and entertaining) competition. Advance registration opens Feb 24 at Aztec Lanes .
  • 4 – 4:30pm and 4:30 – 5pm : Synrgy 360 Small Group Classes
    Synrgy 360
    The Synrgy 360 Apparatus includes several workout stations. Join our small group classes March 4 to learn more.

    Because the exercises performed on the Synrgy 360 mimic familiar movements of everyday life and let you adjust to scale your workouts to your fitness level, you’ll acquire greater strength and stamina for everyday physical exertions. Synrgy 360 activities are designed to improve sports performance and endurance while increasing the lean muscle mass that revs-up your metabolism to turn you into a calorie-burning-machine.

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Biggest Zumba Dance class ever at SDSU!
    What kind of event would we be putting on if we didn’t get to squeeze a little dance party in, am I right? We are going to be hosting our BIGGEST Zumba class yet in the fabulous Montezuma Hall.  We have brought in one of the ARC’s best instructors, Liana T. Be a part of this one-time special event. As if this wasn’t cool enough, the first 100 participants get a free tote bag! Any level is welcome, no dance skills required. Arrive early and bring your I.D.
  • 6pm:  Free Movie Night
    We are thrilled to present never before seen movie screenings of 180 Degrees South and Slow is Fast.  In our feature film, 180 Degrees South you’ll get shipwrecked off Easter Island, surf the longest wave- and prepare yourself to ascend Cerro Corcovado. This film takes viewers on a wild adventure into nature following adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Slow is Fast is a short film filmed in September 2012; Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene rode bikes down the California coast hoping to see their home state in a new slower-paced light — surfing, camping, staying with friends and lending a hand wherever they could to earn their keep. Movie screenings are sponsored by your own wilderness and watersports Aztec Recreation programs: Aztec Adventures and Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Pick up your free tickets at the ARC Climbing Wall or Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Doors open at 6pm and screenings start at 6:30pm. First 75 arrivals get a FREE Klean Kanteen BPA-free stainless steel water bottle. Watch the trailer for our feature, 180 Degrees South, below.
  • 7pm – 8pm: SDSU’s Biggest Yoga Class
    ARC yoga classes are more popular than ever; so we decided to amp it up. We invite you to attend the LARGEST Yoga class at SDSU yet (our records show that the biggest yoga class so far is 105 people – so set us straight by commenting below if that’s not right).  This is much more than just a class; we are opening the doors of the gorgeous Montezuma Hall in the new Student Union to inspire and relax you and maybe even create a closer-knit yoga community. Mat supply is our only limit, so please bring a mat if you own one. Arrive early and bring your I.D.

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

SUPYoga: A New Outlook on Yoga

Bridge Pose on the Stand Up Paddle Board in Mission Bay
Bridge Pose on the Stand Up Paddle Board in Mission Bay

By Daniel Dominguez
MBAC SUPYoga and ARC Yoga Instructor.

“Doing yoga on a paddle board? That’s crazy!” – This is the typical response I hear when people first learn about Stand-Up Paddle Yoga (SUPYoga). The main reason behind SUPYoga’s popularity is that it gives you the chance to take care of your body and mind while immersed in a natural, open environment.

Performing yoga on the water enhances the yoga workout. In SUPYoga, the effort put into the poses is intensified by requiring you to engage the core muscles in each pose in order to stay balanced on the board. In addition to the workout component, the practice of yoga while floating on the water induces the practitioner to stay focused and helps to achieve the peacefulness needed for a “work-in” (the essential meditative component of yoga). In the end, the relaxation you achieve while floating on the water is priceless!

There are many advantages to taking your yoga sessions outdoors at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Enjoying the ocean breeze is a refreshing alternative to an indoor classroom. When it comes to music, SUPYoga teachers do not need to worry about selecting the right sounds to accompany their class. Nature provides the sound of the water waves bumping against the board, the wind whistling, the occasional seagull singing, or the splash of fish jumping out of the water next to the boards. The experience is incomparable!

SUPYoga classes are open to everyone. No previous yoga experience is necessary.  Since this yoga practice is a completely different experience, all classes start from the basics. You will learn how to find balance in the poses and eventually progress into more advanced/challenging positions as skills and confidence are developed.  

Come and enjoy nature while practicing yoga. We are in San Diego after all… So why stay indoors?

Visit the Stand Up Paddling page for more information on SUPYoga and fitness classes at MBAC or become a fan of SUPCore on Facebook!

Yoga Buns Video

This workout is designed to tone and lift your glutes. To keep it short, the video only demonstrates the poses working-out the right side, so complete the same sequence on the left side!

  1. Cat Cow with leg lifting. 10 to 12 reps.
  2. Pulsing leg lifts. 10 to 20 reps.
  3. Moving through a Lunge to Warrior I, then do Warrior I to balance. 8 to 12 reps.
  4. Tree Touch Down. 8 to 12 reps.
  5. Move through Warrior III
  6. Runner’s Lunge Touch Forward. 10 to 20 reps.
  7. Child pose stretch to right