IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Course Descriptions

HEAL120 Beginning Yoga (1 credit)

This course will be an introduction to the practice of Yoga. Students will learn various asanas or postures, principles of alignment, approaches to the breath, and meditative awareness will be cultivated through sensitive and curious attention to one’s own experience of the practice.

HEAL121 Yoga (1 credit)

This course will be a follow-up introduction to the practice of Yoga. Students will learn again the various asanas or postures, principles of alignment, approaches to the breath, and meditative awareness will be cultivated through sensitive and curious attention to one’s own experience of the practice.

HEAL128 Beginning Self Defense (1 credit)

This is a one credit introductory self-defense course and the student will be able to recognize and defuse a dangerous situation, defend against an unarmed attacker, throw a would-be attacker as a defense and defend one’s self from an armed attacker. This is a physical activity course that will require movement and demonstration of the skills presented in the class.

HEAL129 Intermediate Self Defense (1 credit)

This is a one credit intermediate self-defense course and the student will be able to recognize and defuse a dangerous situation, defend against an unarmed attacker, throw a would-be attacker as a defense and defend one’s self from an armed attacker. This is a physical activity course that will require movement and demonstration of the skills presented in the class. (Prerequisite HEAL128)

HEAL130 Soccer (1 credit)

This one credit course will teach the student motor skills through drill and simulated games in the game of soccer. In addition this course will offer physical conditioning necessary to participate in the sport.

HEAL131 Soccer II (1 credit)

This one credit, level II course will teach the student motor skills through drill and simulated games in the game of soccer. In addition this course will offer physical conditioning necessary to participate in the sport. This class is for those who enjoy the game of soccer and wish to take an additional class.(Prerequisite HEAL130)

HEAL132 Beginning Exercise for Women (1 credit)

This one credit course will address issues of health and wellness through a variety of fitness/physical activity movements, in a women’s only setting. Each class will provide an opportunity to learn about personal strength and areas to make improvements in.  Specific techniques and approaches will be routine in this class to emphasize maintaining and improving one’s health through cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

HEAL133 Intermediate Exercise for Women (1 credit)

This one credit intermediate course will address issues of health and wellness through a variety of fitness/physical activity movements, in a women’s only setting. Each class will provide an opportunity to learn about personal strength and areas to make improvements in.  Specific techniques and approaches will be routine in this class to emphasize maintaining and improving one’s health through cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. (Prerequisite HEAL132)

HEAL136 Basketball (1 credit)

This level I course is designed to teach the student as it pertains to the sport of Basketball: drill in offense, defense, shooting, overall physical conditioning and play. 

HEAL137 Basketball II (1 credit)

This level II course is designed to teach the student as it pertains to the sport of Basketball: drill in offense, defense, shooting, overall physical conditioning and play. This class is for those who enjoy the game of basketball and wish to take an additional class. (Prerequisite HEAL136)

HEAL138 Conditioning (1 credit)

This one credit, level I course will focus on fitness/physical activity movements. Each class will provide an opportunity to learn to improve overall cardiovascular strength and endurance, physical strength and to make personal improvements to health. Specific techniques and approaches will be routine in this class to emphasize maintaining and improving one’s health through prescribed workouts and exercises to be performed.

HEAL139 Conditioning II (1 credit)

This one credit, level II course will focus on fitness/physical activity movements. Each class will provide an opportunity to learn to improve overall cardiovascular strength and endurance, physical strength and to make personal improvements to health. Specific techniques and approaches will be routine in this class to emphasize maintaining and improving one’s health through prescribed workouts and exercises to be performed. This class is for those who enjoy physical training and wish to take an additional class. (Prerequisite HEAL138)

HEAL140 Fundamentals of Natural Healthy Cooking (1 credit)

Come and learn the basics of cooking and nutrition in this one credit, interactive, hands-on class. You will enjoy easy and healthy recipes, demonstrations and finish knowing the essentials of successful cooking.(Course Fee $20.00)

HEAL142 Tai Chi (1 credit)

This one credit, level I course will focus on the ancient Chinese perspective of fitness and physical activity inherent in the Yang style (108-step) from Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi uses concepts of traditional Chinese medicine called Qi (life energy), the exercises called Qigong, and the early forms of martial arts borrowed from the Shaolin tradition, all applied to a distinctive Taoist tradition of slow, deliberate and graceful movement. Modern research demonstrates Tai Chi to be a moderate form of cardiovascular exercise. In addition, this is a hands-on introduction to one of the world’s most ancient wisdom traditions, Yin/Yan and Taoism.

HEAL143 Tai Chi II(1 credit)

This one credit, level II course will focus on the ancient Chinese perspective of fitness and physical activity inherent in the Yang style (108-step) from Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi uses concepts of traditional Chinese medicine called Qi (life energy), the exercises called Qigong, and the early forms of martial arts borrowed from the Shaolin tradition, all applied to a distinctive Taoist tradition of slow, deliberate and graceful movement. Modern research demonstrates Tai Chi to be a moderate form of cardiovascular exercise. In addition, this is a hands-on introduction to one of the world’s most ancient wisdom traditions, Yin/Yan and Taoism. This class is for those who enjoy Tai Chi and wish to take an additional class.(Prerequisite: HEAL142)

HEAL144 Weight Training I(1 credit)

Instruction/review of basic weight training principles, safety considerations, etiquette, exercise selection, and techniques using free weights and machines. Emphasis will be on developing a personal weight training program.

HEAL145 Weight Training II(1 credit)

This course is level II of weight training principles, safety considerations, etiquette, exercise selection, and techniques using free weights and machines. Emphasis will be on developing a personal weight training program. This class is for those who enjoy Weight Training and wish to take an additional class. (Prerequisite: HEAL144)

HEAL146 Intro to West African Dance (1 credit)

Fundamentals of West African dance movement and rhythms from the country of Guinea. Basic choreography and sequencing of steps, learning the accompanying rhythm and break patterns. Introduction to traditional songs and significance in daily life and ceremony. Introduction into basic Djembe drum accompaniment for the class.

HEAL147 Intro to West African Dance (1 credit)

This course, level II of West African dance teaches West African dance movement and rhythms from the country of Guinea.  Basic choreography and sequencing of steps, learning the accompanying rhythm and break patterns. Introduction to traditional songs and significance in daily life and ceremony. Introduction into basic Djembe drum accompaniment for the class. This class is for those who enjoy African Dance and wish to take an additional class.(Prerequisite: HEAL146)

HEAL148 Volleyball I (1 credit)

The purpose of this level I course in volleyball is to teach the student the sport of Volleyball: drills in offense, defense and play scenarios will be presented. A regular physical conditioning/warm-up will be implemented at the start of each class.

HEAL149 Volleyball II (1 credit)

The purpose of this level II course in volleyball is to teach the student the sport of Volleyball: drills in offense, defense and play scenarios will be presented. A regular physical conditioning/warm-up will be implemented at the start of each class. This class is for those who enjoy volleyball and wish to take an additional class.(Prerequisite: HEAL148)

HEAL150 Archery(1 credit)

This course will not only introduce the skills to shooting but also the cultural importance of archery in indigenous communities. It will consist of safety, shooting techniques and archery in competition and hunting.

HEAL151 Intermediate Archery(1 credit)

This course will build on previous skills developed in shooting and the cultural importance of archery in indigenous communities. It will consist of safety, shooting techniques and archery in competition and hunting. (Prerequisite: HEAL 150)

HEAL160 Cross Country(1 credit)

This course will help students create a personalized running plan and learn conditioning techniques in order to strengthen their running. Students will also learn how to use their environment (place) as a means of exercise. This course will expose students to Indigenous running cultures from around the world.

HEAL161 Intermediate Cross Country(1 credit)

This course will help students develop their previous skills in running and create a personalized running plan while learning conditioning techniques that strengthen their running. Students will also learn how to use their environment (place) as a means of exercise. This course will also expose students to Indigenous running cultures from around the world. (Prerequisite: HEAL 160)

HEAL170 Fitness Over 40(1 credit)

This class offers conditioning and fitness training for the older student, staff or faculty. The class will include heart rate training, indoor cycling, strength training and flexibility training for the person over 40.

HEAL220 Intermediate Yoga(1 credit)

The course will be based on an intermediate practice of Yoga. Students will enhance learning various asanas or postures, principles of alignment, approaches to the breath, and meditative awareness will be cultivated through sensitive and curious attention to one’s own experience of the practice. (Prerequisite: HEAL120 or HEAL121)