Fitness & Wellbeing

All physical activities are designed with the age profile of HGS U3A members in mind, so you’re not expected to be an Olympic athlete, but you must be sufficiently fit to participate.

If in doubt, please contact the Group Leader to discuss whether the group is suitable for you. In some cases, you will be asked to fill in a confidential form disclosing any health issues.

Gentle Exercise & Dance

Leader: Sheila Dickie

The class begins with a chair-based warm up leading to some standing exercises. An aerobic sequence of movements is followed by more seated work involving resistance bands. A dance sequence is also taught—this should be fun but is also good for memory.

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • When: Monday 10.00 am – 11.00 am
  • Location: Oriel Room, First floor, Free Church Hall,  Northway NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £2.50 for a resistance band (if you don’t have one)
  • Number of places: 10
  • Waiting list operating as group is currently full.

Improve Your Vitality with Feldenkrais Gentle Exercise

Leader: Alexandria Frazier

Well organised movement preserves energy and improves our vitality. But the opposite is true too, tiredness, a loss of energy and fatigue are often related to the way we move and use ourselves in everyday activities.

Moshe Feldenkrais observed that it is not so much what we do but how we are doing it that makes the difference in how we feel. We learn how to coordinate movements better, ensure we breathe easily as we move and our only using the appropriate amount of muscular effort for the task in hand in order to enhance our energy levels, our vitality and the way we feel in our bodies. We explore movements in different positions, mostly lying on the floor, and follow our sensations of comfort and ease.

  • Start date: 26 September 2018
  • When: Wednesday 11.15 am – 12.15 pm
  • Location: Oriel Room, First Floor, Free Church Hall, Northway NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Equipment: Floor mats or rugs required (can be provided by leader)

Meditation for Beginners

Leader: Elaine Cole-Wight

Join someone who has been practising meditation for 33 years and leading meditation groups for about 25 years. Beginning meditation is always the difficult part. You are shown a variety of techniques to help anyone who is interested in meditation, contemplation, mindfulness.

This is a short course of six weeks’ duration that offers a variety of techniques to aid in meditation practice.  We explore the lessons from many cultures, and find the best way to successful mindfulness for each person.

  • Start date: 5 November 2018
  • When: Monday 10.00 am – 11.00 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6RU
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 6
  • Note: 6 week course

Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Leader: Bernice Berman

This course offers a practical guide to mindfulness. It covers:

  1. Definitions of Mindfulness
  2. Methods of how to practise mindfulness in the context of a busy life
  3. How to substitute negative thoughts for positive ones
  4. How to understand compassion
  5. How to reduce stress
  • Start date: 9 October 2018
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NL
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10


Leader: Annika Sundstrom

Joseph Pilates developed an effective exercise system that brings together the functionality of Western approach with Eastern mindfulness.  With precise and focused movements, imbalances can be corrected, weaknesses be strengthened, flexibility increased and ease of movement found.

A majority of this class is done on a mat on the floor as the floor gives us feedback on how we align the trunk, as well as support when finding and strengthening the deep abdominal and back muscles.

Exercises will be done lying on your back, side and front as well as kneeling on all fours, sitting and standing.  Mats will be provided.

  • Start date: 26 September 2018
  • When: Wednesday 10.10 am – 11.10 pm
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Currently full

Table Tennis – Social

Leaders: Harvey Bengen assisted by Peter Graham


Come along and learn or play as you wish. Table tennis can improve mental health, reducing the risk of depression, anxiety and developing self-esteem as well as developing mental agility, motor skills, balance and coordination.

As little as 10 minutes of regular moderate exercise can bring great benefits.

  • Start date: Term time only
  • When: Tuesdays,  1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Equipment: Excellent facilities – 5 Olympic quality tables, nets, bats and balls all available by kind courtesy of Hampstead Garden Suburb Table Tennis Club
  • Number of places: 20 maximum; coaching occasionally available at a  small fee by arrangement in advance

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Walking to keep fit. See Outdoor Activities.


Leader: Emily Matthews

Yoga offers a wide array of health benefits. By incorporating a yoga practice into your daily routine you can:

  • improve your balance and stability
  • improve flexibility and joint health
  • improve respiration
  • reduce anxiety

Do come along and join our delightful and experienced professional Yoga teacher.

There is a charge of £50 per term, payable to HGSU3A in advance, to join her classes.

  • When:
    • Yoga A: Tuesdays,   10.30 am – 11.30 am
    • Yoga B: Thursdays,  11.40 am – 12.40 pm
  • Location: Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, NW11 6YD
  • Frequency: Weekly (term time only)
  • Equipment: Participants should bring their own mat and block(s). Emily can provide these at cost price.
  • Number of places: Maximum of 12 members per session
  • Now taking bookings for Spring term starting in January 2019