Japara offers a wide range of high quality and affordable educational, vocational and recreational programs and courses. We also proudly partner with many community groups and the Yarra Ranges Council to facilitate workshops and events that meet the interests and needs of our community. You can enrol in any of the courses on offer online, via email or stop in to Japara and enrol in person. And don’t forget to visit our events calendar to get a listing of upcoming workshops and events in your area.  

A New Way of Learning
Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and social distancing, Japara is working hard to find new ways to keep you learning, upskilling and connecting with your community Centre.  We are planning our regular classes upon your return, but we are also looking at what we can offer you during these challenging times. 

Recreational Classes

Yoga for Everyone: Briony is a qualified yoga instructor with a very welcoming and balanced approach to beginners and experienced Yogi's.  If you have not done yoga before she will guide you through the principles of yoga in the warmth and comfort of our beautiful space.  Meet like-minded people, connect with friends by asking them to join you and bask in the peacefulness of Yoga for Everyone at Japara.

Dru Yoga: Dru yoga is a style of yoga that works with postures, breath work, relaxation and meditation. Its series or sequences are called Energy Block Release.  Angie has a warm and soulful nature so her guidance as a dru yoga instructor will help you ease into this wonderful method of relaxation whilst clearing your energy which may be blocked from the everyday stresses of life.  

Zumba: With Teena as your instructor, you will have no choice but to be filled with energy and a sense of joy.  Teena is all about acceptance, equality and having a ball of a time whilst showing you how to get fit and increase your energy levels.  Conducted in our Main Hall, you have plenty of space to jump, dance and spin your way into a healthier, fitter you.

Intro to Exercise: Hilary is a personal fitness instructor with a great deal of knowledge in health and nutrition.  If you are new to exercise, returning to exercise or facing health challenges, Hilary will show you the benefits of this class with her gentle and caring approach.  Light-paced with a focus on strength and flexibility, you will love what Hilary has to offer you and you will feel all the better for it.

Beginners Boxing for Exercise: Mary specialises in seniors fitness so she has a very patient and positive approach to her participants.  But don't be mistaken, you will love the cardio and strength that boxing exercise provides.  This is not a "boxing" class, but you will be using boxing gloves, bags, pads to build up your strength.  This is a great way to get out some of that pent up energy from being isolated for so long whilst meeting new people.  

Seniors Fitness: Mary is our seniors fitness guru.  All of the exercises can be done on a chair, but if you are able to stand up you can do that too.  It's really up to you and with Mary taking the lead, you will not be left out.  Increase your flexibility and fitness levels whilst connecting with your community members.  If exercise is new to you then this a wonderful way to ease your way to a healthier you.

To view Mary's in-chair fitness class please click on the link below.  This class will be available at Japara once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Victoria.