Organizations combine to give free fitness classes

Pop-up fitness class participant on Saturday morning Olivia Reimer, left, takes part in yoga taught by Olivia Hinz. Wendy Nugent/Harvey County Now

By Wendy Nugent, Harvey County Now

NEWTON—Arms, hands and faces reached to the gray sky Saturday morning in Military Park as a little fewer than 20 people took advantage of the cool air to attend the pop-up outdoor yoga class put on by the Newton YMCA, Health Harvey Coalition and Newton Public Library.

This was the first of several wellness pop-up classes the three organizations are sponsoring on Saturdays through Oct. 15 at that location.

Newton Public Library provided an activity to keep children who came along entertained while parents took part. Children drew on the sidewalk with chalk and played with Hoola Hoops.

One of the women attending the class was Olivia Reimer, who said that was her first pop-up class. She said she learned about it on Facebook.

She enjoyed it and was happy to see that Olivia Hinz was teaching it.

Hinz and Reimer were two of the people who fled the outdoor class as clouds poured down some much-needed rain.

Hinz said she owns her own business, called Alive, which is mind/body coaching. Her offices are at Shine Interactive Therapy in Newton and Architect Counseling Center in Wichita. Hinz also teaches yoga classes Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings at the Newton YMCA.

This was the first community pop-up fitness class this year, Hinz said.

“Last year, we brought it back,” she said. “It was by Harvey Drug.”

There’s no cost to attend the classes, which will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m., Saturdays through Oct. 15. There will be different kinds of classes like Zumba, power kick, barre and yoga, again.

“I’ll do one more,” Hinz said. “I think there’s two of each.”

Hinz said the Newton YMCA also is doing a bring-a-friend promotion.

“I’m new to teaching, like I just started teaching back in August,” she said. “I’ve been teaching yoga for five years now. I’m excited to bring more yoga to the community.”

The 2015 Newton High School graduate’s services at Alive include life coaching, breath work and private yoga sessions/mindful movement lessons. Those who want to know more about her services can call 316-290-9418.

All fitness levels are welcome to attend the classes, and those attending are asked to bring bottled water and a fitness mat if people have them (not required).

The schedule of the remaining classes is:

  • Sep. 17 – Zumba with Jamie.
  • Sep. 24 – PowerKick with Becky.
  • Oct. 1 – Yoga with Olivia.
  • Oct. 8 – Barre with Becky.
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