Low-Impact Exercise

Thursdays – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Instructors: Maria Farquhar

Low-impact exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Exercises in this class can be done with the aid of a chair, while sitting, or while standing, and may include resistance bands or light hand weights. The workout contains balance, strengthening, and endurance exercises. To increase each person’s energy, different techniques are introduced: Chinese self-massage, Qigong practice to draw energy from nature, and Donna Eden’s energy exercise routines. For cool downs, some Tai Chi practices are used. This is a class that every individual can tailor to their own needs, and a great addition to any health maintenance routine.





$3 per person, per class

Class policies:

• Shoes are required.
• A water bottle is highly recommended.

Cancellation policy:

If cancelling less than two hours before class or you do not show, full price of the class will be forfeited and will not be refunded.  Participants must call the Ann Arbor JCC if cancelling.  If class is cancelled due to instructor illness, weather, or building closure, participant will not forfeit the class, and will have an opportunity to make up the class in the next week or a week when they are able to attend.

Instructor Bios:

Maria Farquhar

Farquhar, Maria

Maria Farquhar is a practitioner of Qigong Exercise and Qigong Massage, Reiki, Energy exercise and medicine. She taught dance exercise at Washtenaw Community College for three years. She taught chair exercise for seniors at the Ann Arbor Senior Center for three years. She taught aquatics as an instructor at Bally Total Fitness for 20 years and has taught chair exercise at the J since 2001. Before living in Ann Arbor, she taught dance exercise in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Trinidad. Her greatest achievement is receiving an Achievement Award “In recognition of outstanding teaching and professionalism” from Doctor Morris Lawrence, Director of Music and Dance at WCC in April, 1990.

Julia Braden

Braden, Julia-Low Impact

Julia is Maria Farquhar’s daughter and has subbed for the Low Impact class since October, 2013. She has taught other fitness classes including water aerobics from 2011-2013, and in Tobago, West Indies from 2002-2004. Julia has been a massage therapist since 1994 and was voted “Best Massage Therapist” in 2012 from Current Magazine. She is excited to help you achieving your goals.

Class Details & Registration:

Maria Farquhar, Instructor (Thurs.): [email protected]

Julia Braden, Instructor: [email protected]

Tamara Lewis, Health & Wellness Coordinator: (734) 971-0990 or [email protected]