Due to COVID-19, all live classes are suspended until further notice. I can teach people the individual exercises online, but not the partner or group exercises.  If you are interested in an online learning session, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Bal-A-Vis-X: Basics - 7 hours



Taught by Katy Held

This training includes: the principles, rhythms, patterns, procedures, the foundation exercises for bags and balls, plus modifications of the basic exercises for the very young, elderly, and people with physical challenges, plus a vision tracking assessment and remediation procedure. The exercises encompass individual, partner, and group exercises.

This workshop is for people 18 years and older, although exceptions can be made for teens signing up with their parents.  Cost: $90, which includes a pair of bags & 5 balls, plus a tracking ball.  Bal-A-Vis-X books, DVDS, and extra balls and bags will be available for separate purchase.  Limited to 16 people, so please register early. All attendees receive a certificate with course hours, and SCECHs and CEUs are available for teachers, PTs, PTAs, and social workers.A minimum of 5 people must be registered by 7/15/19 to hold the course.

Location: Galaxy Brain & Therapy Center, 5840 Interface Dr., Ann Arbor, 48103

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

Registrations can be made either by check or credit card.  For checks, make them payable to "Learning from the Heart" and send to Katy Held, 1201 Snyder Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, along with name, address, mobile phone & email.  For credit cards, email Katy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to request a Paypal invoice.  You do not need a Paypal account to pay the invoice.  Any questions, text or call (734) 649-7457 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Brain Gym for Adults

Tuesdays, 6 to 7 pm.  

February 4 - April 14 . Now cancelled

I am teaching a class for adults called "Brain Gym" through Ann Arbor Recreation and Education from 6:00 to 7:00 pm starting on Tuesday,  September __ (Free Class), running through _____, at the Lawton Elementary School gym.


Come have fun with healthy aging activities for brain and body! The class will include Brain Gym movements as well as Bal-A-Vis-X exercises, which are balance, auditory, vision exercises done using either sandbags or racquetballs.  Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence.  Keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level and get the chance to play like a kid again!   Open to any adult. Free class on September (To be announced), please pre-register even though class is free,  Paid class runs (dates to be announced) Fee:  $85 for 8 weeks.   

To register, go to: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed website


Bal-A-Vis-X: Level A: 17 hours

Basics through Intermediate, plus Adaptive Modifications - taught by Katy Held




Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school friendly and just plain fun.

                   Who Can Benefit?                                                              Possible benefits

Students with learning challenges                                           Improved eye tracking

People with visual and auditory challenges                            Decreased stress headaches

Gifted as well as “regular” students                                        Increased attention span

People with anxiety                                                                    Decreased impulsivity

Orthopedic patients                                                                    Visual form perception

Athletes                                                                                       Higher batting averages

Seniors/Elders/Goldens                                                             Improved balance and coordination

Preschoolers                                                                               Improved posture and strength

People with Autism                                                                     Improved speech

People with ADHD                                                                       Increased confidence and self-esteem

People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)                                  Enhanced learning retention


Level A: Foundation, Intermediate and Adaptive Bal-A-Vis-X

Include the principles, rhythms, patterns, procedures, the first 175 or so foundation exercises, intermediate exercises, and modifications of the basic exercises for the very young, elderly, people with other challenges, and a vision tracking procedure. It will also include exercises to be used for people with trauma and/or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


Registration: This workshop is for persons 18 years and older, but we do have 2 slots for students 13 and over if they are serious about wanting to learn the program. Please contact Katy with questions. Pre-registration is required.

Level A is a 17-hour course. 

Books, DVDs, and supplies (balls, sandbags, and tracking balls) will be available for purchase on site.

Class Location:  Ann Arbor, MI   

           Please make checks payable to “Learning from the Heart LLC” and mail to:

Katy Held, 1201 Snyder Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

To register online/pay by credit card, e-mail Katy; she will send you a Paypal invoice.

Questions? contact Katy: (734) 649-7457 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Please note: "Learning from the Heart" will soon be changing to "Purposeful Movement," and located at It is still being finalized, but the 2020 schedule is there, along with flyers with more details, and there will soon be online payment and registration available.




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