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Yoga, kickboxing offered at Outback

Published 11:44 am, Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Julie Deery will teach yoga at the Outback this month. Photo: Contributed Photo / New Canaan News
    Julie Deery will teach yoga at the Outback this month. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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New Canaan's Outback Teen Center is offering a one-hour yoga and kickboxing class for adults.

Yoga classes are offered at 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, and at noon Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, kickboxing will be offered at 9:30 a.m.

Yoga classes are $15 per class. The next two-day-a-week kickboxing series begins Tuesday, Nov. 5, and runs through Thursday, Dec. 5. For nine classes over five weeks, the cost is $165. Walk-ins at $25 per class also are available.

New programs for the community are a natural extension of the Outback's use by young people over its 12-year history. Enrichment and wellness classes for adults now make great use of the main floor space on a weekly basis. The Outback has partnered with instructors Julie Deery and Anthony Smetak for the yoga and kickboxing classes.

Deery, a graduate of the University of Vermont, was a student of ballet and contemporary dance as a young adult and has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. After a music business career in New York City, she received a Connecticut certified yoga instructors certificate from Saraswati's Yoga Joint in Norwalk in 2011. She has been teaching private and group classes since.

"Julie's class is not a typical yoga class," Peggy Challe, a yoga regular and Outback board member, said.

"Her energy is really special. It is a good workout, as well as relaxing. Her students definitely appreciate the personalized attention."

Smetak is the owner, manager and chief instructor of Kempo Academy in New Canaan. After earning an MBA in finance, he pursued a decade-long career in the financial sector. Smetak graduated from the Instructors College for Teaching of the Martial Arts, and is nationally ranked at 1st degree black belt in Chinese Kempo.

"Kickboxing at the Outback with Anthony is an intensive workout with good self-defense techniques included," Janet Luciano, a regular attendee, said. "We get lots of unique, individualized attention, which completes a great training. Not only do I find myself in much better shape, I have a blast in his classes."

Smetak also is offering a teen kickboxing series starting on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The one-hour class begins at 3 p.m. and will run until Dec. 18.

For information or reservations, call 203-594-3075 or visit www.newcanaanoutback.org.