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Fitness & Recreation

Located just a five minute walk from the Law School, Payne Whitney Gymcontains training centers for crew, gymnastics, swimming, general exercise, recreational and varsity strength and conditioning,group fitness classes,and a state of the art fencing salon. Payne Whitney Gym is free to all Yale students, and memberships are available for purchase for student spouses. You can find membership and schedule information here.

Intramural Sports

Graduate-Professional Intramural Sports are managed by Payne Whitney Gym and are open to students, faculty and staff of the University. IM sports have four different seasons, and offer activities such asvolleyball, soccer, softball, basketball and ultimate frisbee. For more information, including details about registering a team, see the PWG website here.

Meditation Sessions

YLS offers free meditation sessions every Wednesday at 12:10 pm. Most sessions are led bySue Neufeld, a Level 2 certified ParaYoga instructor. Meditation sessions are held in the Law School, and will resume for the Fall semester on September 10th.

If you're interested in starting a meditation practice, we invite you to try the 40 Day Meditation Challenge (Yale NetID required).

Fitness Fridays (and Workout Wednesdays)

The Law School offers a special group fitness class for the YLS community at no cost on most Fridays. Classes are held in the Payne Whitney Gym E/F exercise room on the 5th floor, unless otherwise noted. No prior experience is required for any classes. This semester we are offering the last class of the month on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, so that students whose Friday schedules prohibit attendance can come. The tentative schedule for Fall 2014 can be found below.

Friday, September 5, 4:00 pm - Cardio Kickboxing

This class uses martial arts-based kickboxing techniques to increase muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, and balance.

Friday, September 12, 3:30 pm - Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are practiced in a heated room. Beginners and more advanced students are both welcome at this class, which will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at Bikram Yoga New Haven (59 Elm Street). RSVP required - look for more information to be circulated via email.

Friday, September 19, 4:00 pm - East Rock Hike

Join us for a special Fitness Friday hike, led by the members of the Yale Environmental Law Association. The group will depart from the Law School and will head up to East Rock. Bring your comfy sneakers and some water!

Wednesday, September 24, 3:30 pm - Strength Training

This classes uses free weights to help develop muscle and build strength.

Friday, October 3, 4:00 pm - Yoga Fusion with Ellen Barrett

We are excited to offer a special class with acclaimed fitness professional Ellen Barrett this semester. Yoga Fusion seamlessly blends vinyasa yoga, standing Pilates and ballet conditioning for a zen-ful 60 minute total body workout. Invigorating movements, combined with a thoughtful mind/body connection, make Yoga Fusion ideal for all fitness levels.

Friday, October 10 - No Class (Fall Break)

Friday, October 17, 4:00 pm - Zumba with Danielle Pettit

Danielle Pettit from Studio Z Fitness in Branford will join us for a Zumba class - no dance experience required! Enjoy a high-energy, latin-inspired workout that will have you working hard and feeling good.

Friday, October 25 - No Class (Alumni Weekend)

Wednesday, October 29, 3:30 pm - HIIT It

Short on time? This 30-minute class will have you breathing hard and pushing yourself to your limits using high intensity intervals.

Friday, November 7, 4:00 pm - Step Aerobics

A high energy workout incorporating creative choreography on a step platform to keep your mind busy while your body is working.

Wednesday, November 12, 3:30 pm - Core & More

This class will focus on specific exercises that develop functional abdominal strength. The class will incorporate strength, stabilizing, and balancing exercises, along with cardio bursts to increase the heart rate.

Friday, November 21 - No Class (Thanksgiving Break)

Friday, November 28 - No Class (Thanksgiving Break)

Friday, December 5, 4:00 pm -Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Learn the basics of Vinyasa Flow with Corinne Kentor from Yogis at Yale. "Vinyasa" means to link movement with breath. This style blends a flowing sequence of movements, each linked with breath, to cultivate balance, strength, flexibility, and focus in body and mind.

Friday, December 12, 4:00 pm - Boot Camp

High-intensity cardio intervals and strength training are combined for a total body workout. Modifications will be available for all exercises to increase or decrease intensity as needed.