Free Exercise and Mindfulness Classes Through Your Blue Store Studio
Strengthen your mind-body connection with exercise and mindfulness classes* as well as well-being classes at Your Blue StoreSM Studio.
To help you stay well, we’re delighted to offer Your Blue Store Studio classes however you’d like to take them—in person at our stores, online through Facebook, or outdoors in local parks.
Exercise and mindfulness classes
We're happy to welcome members back to all four store locations—Cranston, East Providence, Lincoln, and Warwick—for in-person fitness classes. BCBSRI members can register to attend an in-store class at bcbsri.com/events. Please note that face masks are still required in Your Blue Store, including during classes.
Classes are also held live on Facebook each weekday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Try the classes and workshops below (and learn about new ones) by joining the Your Blue Store Studio Group on Facebook. If you can't make the classes live, you can watch the videos anytime. The Facebook classes are open to everyone.
Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
A class that focuses on meditation using slow, rhythmic movement. Integrate your breathing and awareness to release energy. Create calm and strengthen the core. In addition, this practice can reduce stress and anxiety, increases awareness and flexibility, and promotes overall wellness and relaxation.
Mondays at 2:00 p.m.
SIT AND BE FIT
An excellent class if you have trouble standing up for a long time while exercising. Get a great workout while sitting comfortably on your chair or couch.
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
A yoga practice done while sitting in a chair. Strengthen, stretch, and tone the entire body from head to toe through the combined practice of rhythmic movements, gentle postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditation. Promotes overall well-being for mind, body, and spirit.
Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
LIVING ROOM LATIN MOVES
A Latin-inspired dance fitness class that incorporates international music with contagious dance steps. A perfect combination of fun and fitness in your living room.
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
CORE N’ MORE
An exercise class that focuses on toning your CORE (abs, obliques, and lower back) and helps you work on an overall sense of balance and well-being. Learn fluid movements that can strengthen your core as well as your upper and lower body.
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
WATER BOTTLE WORKOUT
A full-body workout using common items from your home. Focus on basic, easy-to-follow exercises in a comfortable environment using water bottles or canned soups. Feel free to join this class even if you have weights and dumbbells.
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
A fitness strengthening class that uses targeted, lower body workout techniques to increase stability and improve balance. Incorporates exercises for strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility.
Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
COFFEE BREAK SHAKE
A mix of cardio and strength-training movements using your body weight to help you sculpt, tone, and burn calories as you move from one exercise to the next.
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
A weekly yoga workout that explores different yoga styles—an ideal way to learn a variety of yoga modalities.
Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
GET UP AND GROOVE
A class with easy dance patterns as well as some fun salsa combinations to keep you grooving. Learn how to move comfortably and confidently to Latin rhythms, transitioning into fundamental salsa footwork. No dance experience required.
Beginning in July, in-person well-being classes will be offered at our Cranston and East Providence stores. BCBSRI members can register to attend an in-store class at bcbsri.com/events. Well-being classes will also be streamed live from the Cranston store through the Your Blue Store Studio Group on Facebook.
MIND BODY NUTRITION
Tired of the same old messages about food and nutrition? Learn how your mind affects eating habits, digestion, and metabolism. Explore new tools and techniques and transform your relationship with food, improve digestion, and energize your metabolism.
- Thursday, July 8, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Monday, July 19, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
From navigating the grocery store and reading food labels to creating healthier meals— this class will empower you to make smarter, healthier food choices at the supermarket.
- Monday, July 12, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
DIABETES PREVENTION 101
Up to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years. Unchecked, diabetes can lead to heart disease and stroke, blindness, nerve damage, and kidney disease. Understanding what triggers are and how to cope with them can help you with your eating and activity goals. We’ll discuss strategies and create an action plan to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.
- Thursday, July 15, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Thursday, July 29, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
ELEMENTS OF FUN – MAKING TIME FOR PLAY
Play relieves stress, keeps us feeling young, and helps develop and improve social skills. Encouraging time for play at work and at home can boost productivity and innovation. Learn a variety of fun and engaging activities to liven up your day!
- Tuesday, July 20, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Monday, July 26, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
MY MINDFUL DAY
Feeling scattered? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Is your mind going in a million different directions? How is this affecting your life right now? Being more mindful throughout your day can help you overcome life’s stressors. We’ll talk about what mindfulness is, the benefits, and share simple practices you can use each day to find balance.
- Thursday, July 22, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
- Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
Covid-19 has forced many of us into new routines that have changed how we prep and eat our meals. Explore the importance of paying attention to new mealtime habits and the many benefits of mindful eating. Create personalized strategies that help you understand the difference between true hunger and emotional hunger and how that impacts your health goals.
- Tuesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
- Monday, August 16, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
LAUGHTER IS MEDICINE
Laughter controls your brain and makes you smile! Studies show when we see someone laugh, the part of our brain which prepares the muscles in the face to move is activated. Learn the short-term and long-term benefits of laughter and discover ways you can laugh more.
- Wednesday, August 4, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, August 17, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
HEALTHY TAKEAWAYS FOR DINING OUT
You can dine out and still meet your healthy eating goals. We’ll teach you strategies for making smarter choices when eating out.
- Thursday, August 5, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, August 24, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
Want to stay sharp as you age? Learn how to maximize your memory potential and stay on top of your game using mentally stimulating activities and lifestyle strategies that encourage brain growth.
- Tuesday, August 10, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
- Monday, August 30, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
HOW GETTING ACTIVE CAN HELP YOUR DIABETES
Getting active improves blood sugar, helps manage weight, and is just as important as diet and medication. Join us for exercise and safety tips and how to overcome barriers.
- Wednesday, August 11, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Thursday, August 26, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
CAREGIVER STRESS AND BURNOUT
Helping care for an older adult or someone with a chronic illness or disabling condition can be stressful. Caregivers report feeling emotionally stressed, worried about finances, and physically strained. It’s easy to feel stuck in a role you didn’t expect, or helpless to change things. You are not powerless, and you are not alone. We’ll teach you how to recognize the signs of burnout and how to get help—because taking care of yourself will make you a better caregiver, too.
- Thursday, August 12, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
- Monday, August 23, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
Blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, blood sugar—what do all these numbers mean? Learn, in plain language, what these measures are looking at and the recommended ranges for each.
- Thursday, August 19, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
- Tuesday, August 31, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
HOW TO PREVENT FOOT INJURIES
Your feet are your body’s shock absorbers—about one quarter of all the bones in the human body are in your feet! Learn about common foot injuries and how to prevent them. Plus, get tips on how to find proper footwear.
- Wednesday, September 1, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
- Wednesday, September 22, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
STRETCHING FOR BETTER HEALTH
Flexibility and mobility are great ways to take care of your body and reduce your risk for injury. Learn the benefits of stretching, how to do it safely, and leave with tips on how to fit stretching into your day.
- Thursday, September 2, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Wednesday, September 15, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
HEART-HEALTHY HABITS TO LIVE BY
Have you wondered what “heart healthy” really means? Understanding your risk and making healthy lifestyle choices promote cardiovascular well-being. Learn the steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
- Tuesday, September 7, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, September 28, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
Movement is one of the most powerful ways you can support your physical and mental health. But starting a physical activity routine can feel hard, especially if you think of exercise as an exhausting chore. Debunk this myth with us so you can jump that hurdle. Explore creative ways to fit in fitness and get concrete tools that’ll get you moving!
- Wednesday, September 8, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, September 14, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
EAT SMART FOR A HEALTHY HEART
Learn how diet affects heart disease and what you can do to protect (and take care of) your heart.
- Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m., East Providence
- Tuesday, September 21, 9:00 a.m., Cranston
MIND OVER PAIN
Pain is associated with a wide range of injury and disease. Across America, millions of adults suffer from daily pain. Learn the difference between acute and chronic pain, common causes, and tips to help prevent and alleviate pain.
- Monday, September 13, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Thursday, September 23, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
BALANCING YOUR WELL-BEING
Well-being is much more than a healthy body. Well-being is about thriving and finding balance wherever you are. Discover what well-being and energy management are and how to create a personalized plan.
- Thursday, September 16, 9:00 a.m., East Providence
- Monday, September 27, 1:00 p.m., Cranston
Try these classes and workshops (and learn about new ones) by joining the Your Blue Store Studio Group on Facebook.
Steppin' Out: Outdoor Fitness
Explore your neighborhoods, communities, and state with Your Blue Bus outdoor fitness classes. Join us in parks across the state for classes like yoga and Core n’ More as well as fun giveaways. Our outdoor classes are open to everyone, so bring your family and friends!
- Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m., Sackett Street Park, Providence – Living Room Latin Moves
- Wednesday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m., WWII Memorial Park, Woonsocket – Core n' More
For a current list of Your Blue Bus locations, dates, and times, please check our event schedule. Check back in September for more outdoor events!
This September, you can also participate in our Steppin' Out Fitness Challenge! Share your pictures, short videos, and stories about your favorite places to move in the Your Blue Store Studio Group on Facebook. The challenge will run from September 1 to September 30 with weekly raffle prizes and a grand prize. Join the Facebook group for more details later this summer.
*Not all exercises are suitable for everyone, and any exercise program could result in injury. Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have any chronic or recurring condition, and/or if you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly.
Your Blue Store locations follow state and federal guidelines during emergencies. Please visit bcbsri.com/yourbluestore for the latest information.