Wellness Arts at Oliver Art Center is Expanding!

Oliver Art Center‘s Wellness Arts program is expanding to offer new classes and new opportunities with new and returning instructors. Started by Anna Mallien (formerly of Studio on Main) almost ten years ago, OAC offers all types of mind/body & fitness classes for everyone from enthusiastic, certified instructors. The instructors are passionate about seeking knowledge in their discipline and using that knowledge to take their students to the next level. If you have never experienced PILATES or YOGA or are looking to deepen your practice, you will find a class to meet your needs. OAC instructors are committed to promoting a non-competitive atmosphere to nurture one’s self, support growth, and enhance feelings of well being.

After 30 years in the fitness business, Anna’s love of the Pilates method of movement was instantaneous and has taken her beyond fitness and into wellness. Her passion for deepening her knowledge on all levels of the body, mind, and spirit led her to Sampoorna Yoga, the yoga of “fulfillment”. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in November 2016. Complimenting the movement piece, she discovered and added the Oov to her practice, taking the body to new levels of fitness and health. Continually gaining knowledge opens the door to allowing her multi faceted approach to wellness. Anna offers private and small group Pilates reformer sessions in her peaceful “up north” studio on sky and her signature SUP Core Fusion classes on inland lakes and Lake Michigan. She currently offers private yoga, pilates and fitness sessions on ZOOM, in addition, meditation and stillness On the deck at Oliver Art Center.

Along with Anna, Jean Neuhardt has been teaching for close to 10 years at Oliver Art Center. Jean Neuhardt comes to us with a degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her degree in physical education and dance, her focus on proper body movement, strength, and flexibility are key factors! Having taught children and adults in her career, her main focus now is improving body movement through flexibility, strength and balance. Her program is formed from many different practices including Pilates, Yoga, and Callanetics.

Due to COVID-19, the program had to be suspended. “While this was really disappointing, there is a silver lining. It enabled us to step back and see what other ways we could promote wellness in the community”, said Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director of Oliver Art Center. “We wanted to expand our offerings and services and the wellness group here is a terrific bunch of talent who made this entirely possible.”

Newcomers to the program are Lauren McLain and Levi Hubbard. Lauren McLain has been with Oliver Art Center for four years. Lauren shares her practice as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) in Vinyasa based methodologies, as recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She pursued her Yoga training and certification from CorePower Yoga in Chicago, a Registered Yoga School (RYS). She danced for Sheffield School of the Dance Company, and studied at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and The Joffrey Ballet. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Columbia College Chicago and Master of Science in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago. As a dedicated yoga practitioner, dancer and marathon runner, Lauren guides from a respect for learning and individuality, in relationship to mindset. She has been teaching to the local and resort community since 2015 and leads a dynamic approach in invitation to practice. Lauren also teaches culinary classes and is launching a new wellness program that will mix traditional arts with wellness arts in custom packages that are available to groups such as family reunions, bridal parties, businesses, and more.

Levi is the newest instructor to join OAC. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Levi specializes in Vinyasa focused movements and mediation practices. He completed his 200 hour certification from a small studio based in Austin called My Vinyasa Practice. He first discovered yoga and meditation shortly after completing college and took it on as a healing practice for his daily life. He loves physical activity and finds real peace in the regular quiet that both mediation and yoga brings. Having grown up in Northern Michigan, he believes there is no better place to practice than surrounded by nature.

Oliver Art Center hosts wellness classes year round. Each class has a fee and typically sign up is required, but they suggest contacting the instructor with any questions.