KNOXVILLE — Johnson University students, faculty and staff have access to a variety of health classes and educational programs throughout the semester.

Royals Wellness is a 13-week program that provides four different fitness classes designed to encourage the Johnson community to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

The four classes are RoyalFit, Zumba, Yoga and Power Yoga. All classes are taught by three different instructors.

Royals Wellness also offers educational programs such as nutrition, motivation and goal-setting.

RoyalFit uses functional movements, strength and high intensity variations to make the body tough and resilient. RoyalFit meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the racquetball court or outside if the weather permits.

Debora Hudnall is a certified instructor of Zumba and teaches the Zumba classes here on campus.

“Zumba is a combination of putting aerobics and rhythmic movements together,” Hudnall said. “We do squats and lunges that can build muscle mass and implements both cardio and muscle building.”

Zumba meets from 6-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Old Gym.

“My favorite part about Zumba is that it doesn’t feel like a workout,” Carli Long, who participates in the class,  said. “You get to dance as well as workout, so it makes it really fun and the times really flies by.”

Yoga and power yoga are powerful strength, balance and flexibility builders designed to leave the participants feeling relaxed and peaceful.

Yoga meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and  6-7 p.m. Thursday in Richardson Hall, room 167.

“I really love that yoga gives you challenges to work toward based on where you are already at,” Josey Waggoner, a participant in the class, said. “It really teaches you to have grace for yourself.”

Classes began Jan. 16 and will run through April. 28. Royal Wellness costs $20 and participants can partake in any and all of the classes offered.

The sign-up for Royals Wellness is until Friday. Stop by Rita Karnes’ office to pick up an informational packet or e-mail for more information.

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