Physical Education

Physical Education Department

Stretching and Relaxing

An often ignored aspect of fitness is stretching. Good flexibility can help reduce injuries and keep you active longer. Flexibility also affects posture and any athlete will tell you that unless your body is aligned correctly, your performance will suffer. Also, everyday activities become more difficult as flexibility decreases.

Our Stretching classes are designed to improve range of motion and increase flexibility. If you prefer other types of stretching, try Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates Mat Exercise. One course everyone should take is Physical Stress Management. While this is a lecture course and doesn't completely complete the Area E General Education Requirements, the information you will learn here will help you to control your personal stress for the rest of your life.

PE 002M - Introduction to Pilates Mat Exercise

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the study of Pilates. The course includes a global and historical perspective, key philosophical concepts of the Pilates method, and the evolution of Pilates to its current form. Students will be introduced to the practice of Pilates techniques for the mind, body and spirit that can be incorporated into daily life. The course will include basic exercise physiology concepts, nutrition, strength development, flexibility, and meditation as related to Pilates exercise.

PE 002P - Pilates Mat Exercise

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the study of Pilates. The course includes a global and historical perspective, key philosophical concepts of the Pilates method, and the evolution of Pilates to its current form. Students will practice Pilates mat techniques and techniques using equipment to improve the mind, and body. The course will include basic exercise physiology concepts, nutrition, strength development, flexibility, and the six principles of Pilates for mat and exercise equipment.

PE 002Q - Tai Chi

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through Tai Chi exercises including well-known short forms consisting of 24 postures. Principles of unity, centering, balance, alignment, breath and mind intent, "yin and yang" relationships and the development of Chi. Benefits of Tai Chi exercise relative to age, gender and environmental conditions. Basic exercise physiology, nutrition, fundamentals of strength development, flexibility and meditation concepts as related to Tai Chi and "health and wellness". A global and historical examination of the Taoist philosophy and the development of various forms of Tai Chi.

PE 002R - Intermediate Tai Chi
An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the ancient exercise of Tai Chi. Includes the well-known short forms consisting of 24 postures. Complete and polish movements of the 24 Tai Chi set, self-defense applications, "push-hands," and sparring will be performed. Review and embody principles of unity, centering, balance, alignment, breath and mind intent, "yin and yang" relationships and the development of Tai Chi at an intermediate level. Benefits of Tai Chi exercise relative to age, gender and environmental conditions will be studied. The course will incorporate basic exercise physiology, nutrition, strength development, flexibility and meditation techniques as related to Tai Chi and health. A global and historical examination of the Taoist philosophy and the development of various forms of Tai Chi will be explored.

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the study of yoga including a historical examination and key philosophical concepts of the yoga tradition and the evolution of yoga throughout the ages. Students will practice simple yoga poses for the mind, body, mindfulness, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques will be covered.

PE 002Z - Intermediate Yoga

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the study of Yoga including an historical examination and key philosophical concepts of the Yoga tradition and the evolution of Yoga throughout the ages. Students will practice simple Yoga poses for the mind, body, and spirit that can easily be incorporated into daily life. Relaxed movement, mindfulness, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques will be covered.

PE 053 - Physical Stress Management

An introduction to Physical Education through the natural techniques that effectively relieve stress related physical problems. Each student will develop and implement a personal stress reduction program. Students will be exposed to information on how lifestyle, gender, age, personality and occupation effects stress and the ability to successfully cope with it.

 


Physical Education
Building: PE
Contact: Susan Ho
Phone: 408.864.8751
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Last Updated: 11/3/09