Brain Gym for Adults

Tuesdays, January 29 - March 12, 2019

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, July 17, running through August 7, at the Ann Arbor Preschool Family Room.


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 January 29, please pre-register even though class is free. Paid class runs February 5 through March 12. Fee:  $65 for 6 weeks.  Class ID is:  #3183.601, at Lawton Elementary School in the Media Center.

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


Spring 2019 - exact dates to be announced soon!


 Bal-A-Vis-X Basics


This class is for everyone; especially educators, parents, OTs, PTs, geriatric and recreational therapists and anyone who wants to improve their brain-body integration, and have fun at the same time

Bal-A-Vis-X benefits: people with learning disabilities, neurological, orthopedic,

pediatric, geriatric challenges and/or stress

What is BAL-A-VIS-X? Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of more than 200 Balance / Auditory / Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, most of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. These exercises require full-body coordination and focused attention. The program utilizes beanbags, racquetballs, balance boards, and multiple principles and activities from Educational Kinesiology. It demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge and fosters self-esteem.

This training includes: the principles, rhythms, patterns, procedures, the foundation exercises for bags and balls, and modifications of the basic exercises for the very young, elderly, and people with other challenges, and a vision tracking procedure.

Registration: This workshop is for people 18 years and older. The cost of the course is $80. This includes 5.5 hours of instruction 6 balls, and 2 sandbags. Supplies will be available for purchase. Repeaters pay $45. Limited to 15 people, so please register early. Registration Form and $50 non-refundable deposit, or payment in full, must be received no later than ____________.

Location: Galaxy Brain & Therapy Center, 5840 Interface Dr., Ste. 400, Ann Arbor 48103 (734) 477-0340  

Time:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm, lunch 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Please make checks payable to: Learning from the Heart LLC, and send to Katy Held,1201 Snyder Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. To use a credit card via Paypal, e-mail me for an invoice. Questions? Contact Katy at (734) 649-7457 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Summer 2019 

Bal-A-Vis-X: Session B: Basics through Intermediate, plus Adaptive Modifications - taught by Bill Hubert

with optional 4 hour session on using Bal-A-Vis-X for children with ACE's - Adverse Childhood Experiences

August 9-11, 2019


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 B: 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.

Schedule - Session B - 20 hours


Friday, August 9              8:00 am–12:00 pm (1 hour lunch) 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Saturday, Au                             Saturday, August 10         8:00 am–12:00 pm (1 hour lunch) 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sunday, August 11          8:30 am-11:30 am (1 hour lunch)


     Optional 4 hour Session:  BAVX Adaptations for ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences



Sunday, August 11          12:30-4:30pm    Using BAVX for ACE's/Adverse Childhood Experiences (Trauma) **


** Only those who have previously attended a 20 hour Bal-A-Vis-X training may attend the ACE/s session.


It is strongly recommended for those attending the add-on ACE's session to read "The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog," by Bruce Perry MD, PhD, and Maia Szalavitz.


The Instructor: Bill Hubert, originator of Bal-A-Vis-X. Assisted by Katy Held and MaryAnn Short, Sanctioned Bal-A-Vis-X instructors.

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 B is a 20-hour course. 

Session B only ( 20 Hours) $195.00 if registered by July 13.     After July 13, $225.00

Session B plus 4 hour ACEs session  $235.00 if registered by July 13.   After July 13, $265.00                

Repeaters:  $120 for 20-hour training.ACE's training: $40.

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

Class Location: Rudolf Steiner Lower Elementary, 2775 Newport Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103  

           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


Note:  Bill Hubert will also be teaching this course in Frankfort, MI (near Sleeping Bear Dunes in the northern Lower Peninsula) June 12-14, 2019.  Sponsor: MaryAnn Short, M.O.B.B.I. LLC.  For more information, contact MaryAnn at (616) 260-4610 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text10536 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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