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Low & Slow Yoga

Fit4Dance @ 21 Snyder Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the transformative power of Yin Yoga with Low & Slow Yoga at Fit4Dance. Release tension, increase flexibility, and find inner peace through long-held, passive poses that target the deep connective tissues of the body. Embrace the practice that focuses on the lower parts of the body, promoting overall well-being.

(29) All levels 15 and older

Herbs 102: Stocking Your Herbal Medicine Chest

Remedies Herb Shop @ 453 Court St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn from NYC-based Herbalist Jo Anne Kelly Richards as she reveals her top ten herbs for first aid, everyday health, immune support, and optimal wellness. Discover how to make your own herbal remedies and take home valuable "how to" information on creating your own herbal medicine.

(137) All levels 12 and older

Sculpt and Tone - Online

Makeup, Hair and Dance by Meleah

Get ready to transform your body with Sculpt and Tone, an exhilarating weekly workout that combines low-impact aerobics, yoga, weights, and Pilates. Join us for a fun and invigorating full-body experience that will leave you feeling stronger and more toned. Don't forget to bring your yoga mat, hand towel, and hand weights!

(2) Intermediate 18 and older
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EFT Certification Level I

REIKI Wellbeing

Unlock the power of tapping into your body's energy system with this certification program. Release negative energy and overcome fears effortlessly with the Source Technique, revolutionizing the way you approach emotional wellness. Join a supportive community and gain lifetime access to resources for lifelong growth.

(11) All levels 12 and older

Psychic Reader Certification

REIKI Wellbeing

Unlock the secrets of the unseen world and become a certified Psychic Reader. Develop your intuition and hone your psychic abilities with expert guidance. Dive into practices such as automatic writing, aura readings, and tarot, while gaining access to a supportive community for lifelong learning.

(11) Beginner 12 and older

Tai Chi

Infinity Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the ancient Chinese exercise that promotes vitality, mental balance, and strength. Experience serenity through flowing movements in this relaxing and low-impact class. Improve concentration and mind/body awareness with Tai Chi at Infinity Foundation.

(33) All levels 16 and older

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Lamaze Childbirth Preparation (Weeknight)

Lamaze International - DC Chapter @ *Online Class

Get ready for your special "birth" day with a balanced approach to childbirth at Lamaze International - DC Chapter. Learn about anatomy, labor signs, comfort measures, hospital procedures, and more in this fun and informative class. Plus, a make-up class is available just in case!

(2) All levels 16 and older

5 sessions

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Tantric Bodywork (for Couples & Paired Singles)

TantraNova Institute @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the power of tantric touch and massage in deepening your connection with your partner. This workshop offers a safe and intimate space to explore communication, trust, and surrender, all without nudity or sexual touch. Enhance your relationship and experience a revitalizing whole-body massage.

(17) All levels 18 and older
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Methods In Dance/Movement Therapy I

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Learn the principles of dance therapy through movement experience. This course includes lectures, discussion, movement improvisation, individual and group movement experiences of dance therapy methods and structures, and leadership experiences. *Course is fully approved by the ADTA for Alternate Route credit for R-DMT training. All Dance Therapy courses are eligible for CE hours.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
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Relax and Write

New York Open Center @ 2 East 90th St, New York, NY

Whether you are a seasoned writer experiencing a block or someone who has simply dreamed of writing and not yet put the pen to page, this Relax & Write™ workshop is a perfect opportunity to jumpstart your process.  Over the course of the day you will learn how to use deep relaxation, guided meditation, and sensory awareness as a means of dropping deeply into the creative unconscious, opening to the rich well of expression that lies...

(299) Beginner 18 and older
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Stanford Compassion Cultivation

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Compassion and self-compassion are the most talked about and rapidly developing topics in psychology and neuroscience today. You can discover them for yourself in this popular eight-week course, which is open to first time meditators as well as more experienced practitioners. No prior knowledge is required. Using the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, meditation, lectures, readings, exercises, and class discussion, students will learn...

(1068) All levels 18 and older
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EFT Tapping: Professional Skills Training

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

EFT is used by more than 20 million people worldwide. Called by the media “one of the most successful psychology self-help techniques ever developed,” its efficacy has been demonstrated in over 100 studies. It has revolutionized the practices of thousands of professionals such as life coaches, therapists, and healthcare professionals, giving them advanced tools to help clients—even those with difficult conditions. Develop your skills by joining...

(299) Intermediate 18 and older
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Alexander Technique

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

This dynamic method of movement re-education provides the tools for reducing everyday stress through more efficient use of the body. What students have said about learning Alexander Technique: “I had a great learning experience in this class. It brought an amazing awareness to my dancing and everyday activities. Thanks for such a great class! “an excellent experience and an eye opener beyond my own verbal ability to explain…” “I learned...

(1068) All levels 18 and older
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Birth Doula Training: Childbirth Education for Doulas

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Part I: Childbirth Education for Doulas This one-day, eight-hour introductory class provides you with the basics of childbirth today. Enjoy a look at the her-story of birth, take a journey around the world and learn the many natural ways to create a safe, satisfying birth experience. This workshops meets the DONA International certification requirement for childbirth education. “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any!” Join...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Take a Stand for Posture Workshop

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Did you know that posture can be an indicator of one’s health and longevity? In honor of Correct Posture Month in May, join Spark Your Health, with Exercise Physiologist Aesha Tahir, for a live event that is sure to have you walking out of the room standing taller, taking deeper breaths, and understanding how to set yourself up for improved posture (which means better overall health) for life. Based on Aesha Tahir’s newest book, Unhunched,...

(1068) All levels 18 and older
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Ayurvedic Nutrition: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Ayurveda, India’s ancient healthcare tradition, views food not as mere nutritional substance, but as a living spiritual force that profoundly affects our well-being on every level. In this class, Ayurvedic physician (known as Ayurvedacharya) and aesthetician Naina Marballi will explain how we can create an optimal diet for ourselves based on our own unique constitution (prakriti). She will also discuss: The link between emotional states and...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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The Body in Psychotherapy

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

The question of how change happens lies at the heart of psycho-spiritual and sociopolitical theory. At its best, holistic learning engages this question through multiple ways of knowing, challenging students to discover for themselves which practices produce lasting change, and why. This course explores the role of the body in Holistic Psychology, specifically through the lens of Somatic Psychology, a highly-effective theory of change. By weaving...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Hypnosis for Pain Management: Protocols for Addiction

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Learn an adaptable system to break even the most entrenched habituated patterns. The basic addictions protocol has three levels: Arm the person with the understanding of how habits are formed, change the brain by giving them six different techniques to stop cravings and the emotions that control them, and teach techniques that offer relief from the cravings Work to change the emotional impact of past traumas, associations, and core beliefs/emotions...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Planning a Good Death: The Difficult Decisions

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

This workshop provides the information and tools necessary for creating a good death and ensuring your end-of-life wishes are fulfilled. There are a myriad of decisions to be made when our body begins to decline, but this is when we are most vulnerable. Knowing your options ahead of time, understanding the implications for each choice, and sharing your informed decisions with loved-ones relieve anxiety and soften pain; so you can let go of this...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Mental Health 101: Part II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

A continuation of the previous lecture, expert psychologists Dr. Robert Reiner and Dr. Heather Davidson of Behavioral Associates further expand on the most common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, as well as the top medication free approaches. Building on the knowledge explored in Part 1 (April), Part 2 dives deeper into the latest research, methods of diagnosis and effective treatment planning. A series of case studies...

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Reviews for Health Classes in NYC

Health Classes in NYC are rated 4.5 stars based on 1,598 verified reviews from actual purchasers.

  • Take a Stand for Posture Workshop

    Reviewed by Carly G. on 5/4/2023
    The class was great! Aesha was so knowledgeable and friendly. I am very happy that I attended!
  • Herbs 102: Stocking Your Herbal Medicine Chest

    Reviewed by Jodi-Ann C. on 11/23/2022
    Our host Joanne was engaging, warm, kind, and extremely knoweldgeable. I'm definitely going to ALL of her workshops. She is a wealth of information and I can't wait to learn more from her.
  • Herbs 102: Stocking Your Herbal Medicine Chest

    Reviewed by Helen S. on 8/19/2022
    Informative and interesting. I like the hands-on instruction and left w herbs and a tincture. Nice students too.
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

    Reviewed by Azima L. on 10/26/2018
    I liked what I learned. Just the basics there is so much. There was a make up class which I missed. The teacher said she would contact us for a free meditation session. One small thing. Tried so hard to stay attentive but at times I couldn't understand her. Just FYI!
  • EFT Tapping: Professional Skills Training

    Reviewed by Edwin V. on 5/21/2018
    Really amazing class, great techniques taught as well that can be used as a professional practice or self coaching practice.
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

    Reviewed by Anne R. on 4/21/2016
    A large topic to grasp in 8 hours but this class was a super interesting intro that made me want to learn more.

Best Health Classes in NYC 

What do you think of when you think of the term “health?” Or what it means to be healthy? Chances are you’ve heard a few things and have thoughts about both. But as you think about what those ideas mean to you, does it include these areas? 

  • Physical
  • Mental health/psychological 
  • Social
  • Emotional 
  • Ability to adapt to change

Research shows that a solid understanding and definition of health includes all of these aspects. In other words, it’s more than working out and eating “healthy” foods. There are actually three competing views on what being healthy means. 

The first comes from the World Health Organization (WHO), who defined the standard in the 1940s as “without disease or infirmity.” Essentially if you’re not sick you’re healthy. Later on, scientists publishing in The Lancet further specified that wellness includes “complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” Research has shown that to be healthy, you must also be able to adapt to the environment around you, adding another layer of complexity to this seemingly simple concept. 

Because health impacts everyone and it involves many active pieces, there’s always ongoing exploration and new findings. There probably always will be. One thing is clear about health: it’s unique to each person. Though there are patterns and general advice everyone can follow, your wellness is individual to you because everyone has different needs. 

If health encompasses all of these areas, how do you actually learn about it? What’s involved in taking care of yourself in all of the areas? 

Physical health has to do with the body. The major components are movement, nutrition, and sleep. The goal with physical wellness is for your body to be in top working condition. To do this, you’ll need to get active and move your body, eat nutritious foods, and ensure you get enough sleep each night. The physical factors are the ones you tend to learn about as a kid in school, meaning they’re probably familiar—that doesn’t make them less important to your wellness. Not to mention, there’s a direct and obvious impact when you don’t take care of your body, whatever that might look like for your wellness needs. 

Mental health consists of multiple types of wellbeing: social, emotional, and psychological. One often overlooked area of health and wellness is your ability to form and maintain strong relationships with others. This is called social wellbeing. Being emotionally healthy means that you’re aware of your strong feelings, positive and negative, and can manage them effectively. Related to managing your relationships and emotions, psychological health involves feeling satisfied with your life. It includes problem-solving in difficult situations as well. This is critical when you’re encountering strong feelings and healthy relationships. 

Being a human is complicated, which is why both physical and mental health are important. They’re two sides to the same coin. 

The 1940s was a busy time for health. The WHO may have set a standard definition that became popular and widely used, but George Canguilhem’s model of adaptability set the stage for the idea of personalized medicine. A French physician, Canguilhem asserted that because health isn’t a fixed property, people have to be able to adapt to their surroundings. Environmental changes are inevitable and humans must change with it. Interestingly enough, Canguilhem’s adaptability model includes physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness like the more modern and encompassing definitions used today. 

Health has been and will continue to be a critical research topic, especially as technology advances. Researchers can now discover things they couldn’t have even 20 years ago because of these advances. This means that you can always continue learning about how to become your healthiest self. 

Why You Should Learn Health in NYC

Many people who live in New York City choose to live there because of the: 

  • Range of diversity
  • Job and financial opportunities
  • Food and cuisine
  • Nightlife and entertainment
  • Culture

Some of these reasons are exactly why it’s important to learn about health. The “workaholic” career culture can be quite detrimental to sleep patterns. NYC is often called “The City that Never Sleeps,” but people actually do need sleep. Working too many hours in jobs that are typically stressful also causes stress and emotional strain, which isn’t good for your overall well being. 

There are an abundance of delicious restaurants, but you need to know what you’re putting in your body in order to make smart choices. You don’t have to avoid your favorite “greasy spoon” restaurant, for instance, but you probably shouldn’t eat there every day. 

You should probably consider learning about health in NYC; however, it doesn’t have to be boring or feel like you’re being lectured at like you were in school. In fact, there are many ways to learn about health-related topics that are fun and engaging. When you’re learning about an interesting topic, you’ll feel more confident and adventurous to try new things. Plus, you’ll have more energy and a better sense of what will work in your life. 

Learning about health may feel productive, adn the human brain loves productivity. When you do something productive, or feel like you’re being productive, you get a boost of dopamine, the happy hormone.

In-Person Health Classes & Schools in NYC

NYC is a huge place, so there are lots of places to learn about health throughout the city. Having a multitude of choices may feel overwhelming at first, but a good place to start your research is CourseHorse.

In Chelsea, Manhattan, Balance Arts Center offers Walking Well. This class is ideal for those who want to begin a new walking habit or want a way to move their body without the high impact of aerobic exercise. Instructor Lindy Rogers will explain how the body works when you’re walking and demonstrate the Alexander Technique. This strategy improves balance and positively impacts your posture. If you enjoy class, there are additional topics in this series for related topics such as breathing while walking. 

Vibra Wellness, also in Chelsea, hosts Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification. Reiki is a soothing set of techniques to promote healing and reduce stress. This two-day certification course starts at the beginning, explaining Reiki’s history and ideals, as well as the Reiki energy concept. After you learn how to place your hands, work with the environment, and Reiki Level I Placements, you’ll be a certified Reiki practitioner. 

If you’re interested in holistic wellbeing, Herbs 101: Intro to Medicinal Herbs by Remedies Herb Shop in Brooklyn could be quite interesting. The 90-minute session explores the Wise Woman Tradition of Traditional Herbal Medicine. During this time, instructor Jo Anne Richards will explain how herbal medicine and natural healing compares to Western medicine. She’ll show you how to create your own tinctures, salves, and herbal medicine that you can take home after class. 

Virtual Health Classes & Schools

Prefer to learn online? There are a number of great online health classes available. A few of the best perks of learning online are: 

  • Don’t have to wait in traffic or do a long commute
  • Can join class from anywhere that has a stable internet connection 
  • Face less distractions or anxiety with a new activity when you’re in a familiar space
  • If you’re taking a physical course like yoga, there won’t be anyone around to compare yourself to (or to see you when you’re sweaty at the end of class)
  • More specialty topics to choose from with instructors from all over the country

When you take an online course, you do generally have to provide at least some supplies for class; however, you’ll receive a list with enough time to grab the items you need. Many times, the instructor will also send you key materials you’ll need to participate and/or share recommendations on where to get what you need. 

Curious about essential oils? Virtual Essential Oil Basics by Linda Giammarese is a wonderful way to learn the basics about how essential oils can care for and improve your health. She’ll show you common oils and demonstrate how you can use them in your own life. You don’t have to have oils or other materials before class, but you can ask questions about specific properties and scents during class if you have a favorite. 

If you enjoy writing or yoga, you’re likely to enjoy this creative course by 92nd Street Y. YogaProse: A Virtual Yoga & Writing Workshop combines relaxing and meditative techniques from yoga with the joys of creating. During class, you’ll connect with your body and express your feelings through writing. Since the class is only 60 minutes long, you’ll get the perks of a creative practice without having to share your writing with anyone. 

Private Group Health Classes in NYC

If you’re interested in scheduling a fun and relaxing team-building event for your organization, CourseHorse has private group health classes that could make your search easier. 

Virtual Rough Day Recharge is a great way for up to 100 individuals to unwind and feel refreshed during a busy day. From guided meditation to desk stretches to cute puppy trivia, this session is an ideal way to give you room to be human and enjoy yourself for a little while with peers. The optional add-on of custom fidget and stress toys for each participant is a nice gift, too. 

Want something a little more hands-on? Try this Virtual Vision Board Workshop. Not only will a professional artist go over what a vision board is and what it looks like, but they’ll also be there to guide you as you begin your own vision board. The course fee includes a cork board, push pins, and a book of inspirational images to get you started. Up to 100 people can participate, almost ensuring an outpouring of creativity and joy during this one-hour session. 

When you book a course like one of these through CourseHorse, nifty perks include: 

  • Booking confirmation within 24 hours
  • No booking fees
  • Several video platforms supported for virtual session
  • Can adjust your group size after booking

When you’re ready to discuss options, or even have a simple question, reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website. The team will be able to answer questions and even discuss a potential demo, if you’re interested.

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