Summer 2018



Brain Gym for Adults, Tuesdays, July 17 - August 7, 2018

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.  Fee:  $45 for 4 weeks.  Class ID is:  #3183.01, at the Ann Arbor Preschool building in the Family Room, Ann Arbor.

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


Friday, July 20, 2018: 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 July 15, 2018.

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

Time: Friday 9:00 am to 3:30 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 .

 BAVX Basics July 20 2018.pdf

Bal-A-Vis-X: Basics through Intermediate, plus Adaptive Modifications

August 17-19, 2018


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 A: Foundation 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.


Friday, August 17              1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Saturday, Au                             Saturday, August 18          8:30 am–12:30 pm [1 hour lunch] 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday, August 19            8:30 am-12:30 pm [1 hour lunch] 1:30-3:30pm

The Instructors: During the past ten years, Katy and MaryAnn have attended and/or hosted all levels of Bal-A-Vis-X trainings at least 20 times each. Both instructors were sanctioned by Bill Hubert, originator of Bal-A-Vis-X, to teach Bal-A-Vis-X in 2008. Katy has been an Educational Kinesiologist since 2004. MaryAnn is a retired (30yrs) PE/Health & Classroom teacher as well as adjunct Professor at GVSU. Katy and MaryAnn have both used Bal-A-Vis-X regularly with students of all ages. They have co-taught Bal-A-Vis-X courses in Ann Arbor, Arizona (ArizOTA Convention), Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky, and Clinton Township.


This workshop is for persons 18 years and older, but we do have 2 slots for students 11 and over if they are serious about wanting to learn the program. Please contact Katy with questions. Pre-registration is required.

Level A is a 17-hour course. For those of you who feel you process information better in smaller chunks, you can come for Friday and Saturday only (11 hours), and then take the full 17-hour course at a later date. Includes “Illustrated Bal-A-Vis-X” manual.

Friday & Saturday only (11 Hours) $195.00 if registered by August 1.     After August 1, $205.00

Full 17-hour course                           $260.00 if registered by August 1.   After August 1, $280.00                

Repeaters: $120 for 11- hour training; $175 for 17-hour training.

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.


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