Health and Wellness Center

The Finkelstein Memorial Library Health and Wellness Center provides access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics such as free lectures on nutrition, disease prevention, etc. and hands-on free yoga, Tai Chi, and zumba classes offered seasonally.

The Health Information Center houses an in-depth collection of health reference books, periodicals and three computer workstations to enable patrons to search for health information on the Internet.

Health & Wellness Classes

All classes are free but require registration. To register and for further information call 352-5700 ext. 244 or stop by the 2nd floor reference desk.

Check with your health care professional before any exercise regimen.

Flu shots are periodically given in the library's Health and Wellness Center.

Advanced Beginner Yoga: 4-Week Course

Mondays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 - 6:00pm-7:30pm

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500.

Develop a potent and sustainable practice that transcends yoga brands and trends. How you move through a forward bend reflects how you move forward in daily life. The goal of this practice is a healthy body and a greater consciousness using poses and breathing exercises to explore and free up your body, mind and life. Registration required.

Programa Gratis de Nutrición (This Health Program is offered in Spanish)

Martes, Marzo 28. 7 pm-8 pm

Quieres aprender conceptos propios para vivir un estilo de vida saludable?

Participe en el programa de Eat Smart New York.
Una nutricionista va a revisar los siguientes temas:

  • Como leer la etiqueta de información nutritcional para ayudarnos a escoger alimentos que nos ayudan a reducir el riesgo de varias enfermedades.
  • Discutir sobre los alimentos que deben consumirse con regularidad y cuáles de vez en cuando.

Vamos a cocinar juntos y a divertirnos haciendo ejercicios!

También vamos a tener rifas!

Seasonal Herbs for Immune Support

Thursday, April 6 – 7 pm – 8 pm

Lecture with samples by Jenna Henry Hansen

This workshop focus will be on herb use to support immune health during seasonal changes. A discussion of key herbs, their uses, properties and preparation will help to inform participants how they might be able to expand on their gardening and holistic health interests. Registration begins March 6.

Alzheimer’sEffective communication strategies

Wednesday, April 19 – 11 am – 12 pm

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program will help explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Registration begins March 20.

Healthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Mondays, May 1, 18, 15, 22 – 10:00am-11:00am

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years.

Tai Chi is a type of Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China over 400 years ago for health and self-defense. Healthy Tai Chi consists of slow individual movements taken from elements of regular Tai Chi. These slow individual movements are therapeutic in nature and target specific body areas and maladies. Practicing Healthy Tai Chi can improve one’s arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, immune system, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength. People can choose to stand or sit in chairs to perform the exercises.

Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Registration begins April 3.


Posture Evaluation
Wednesday, May 3 – 10 am – 12 pm

By Colleen Connaughton, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist from Helen Hayes Hospital, West Haverstraw, NY.

Concerned about your Posture? Come have a Physical Therapist assess your standing or seated posture and provide you with exercises to stretch and strengthen your posture muscles. Registration begins April 3.

Classes start on Monday, March 1 and finish on Thursday, June 8.(No classes on Monday, May 29.)

Meditation on the Inner Light

Monday, May 8 - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Presenter: Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D.

Begin the New Year with meditation. Through meditation we can experience a profound peace, bliss and happiness unlike any other we can find in the world. Come learn the steps to meditation and begin to experience the inner light and a deep source of spiritual nourishment. Beginners and advanced meditators are welcome. Registration begins April 10.

Zumba for Adults - 3 Week Course–Thursdays, May 11, 18, 25 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Licensed instructor: Arianna Pallens.

 Zumba® fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music that provides a motivating and effective fitness system.  Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Dance your calories and worries away.  Beginners are welcome.  This class is designed to be easy to follow. Please wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Registration begins April 10.

Singing Bowls & Yoga

Tuesday, May 16 - 7:00pm-8:15pm

Presenters: Mary Ann Gebhardt, E-RYT 500 and Joan Tarrant, RYT-500

Singing bowls are used in yoga, music therapy, sound healing. They are also played to signal the beginning and the end of silent meditation.  Like a bell, the tone is produced by striking the side of the bowl with a wooden mallet. By running the mallet around the bowl - only with slight pressure - a pure tone will eventually rise. When this happens, the bowl is said to sing.

 Tibetan singing bowls vibrate and produce a deep relaxation, the singing bowls are also used in combination with other healing practices, such as meditation and deep breathing. 

This class will be deeply relaxing, starting with gentle yoga stretches, followed by listening to the healing tones of the bowls. More information the about the bowls will be discussed. Mary Ann & Joan will have over 50 singing bowls.

Bring a yoga mat and a blanket to cover. Registration begins April 10.

Registration is required for these free programs. To register call 352-5700, ext. 244 or stop by second floor reference desk. Check with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise regimen.