*All classes are taught by certified instructors. Classes are open to all Johnson students, employees, and SHAPE members. Classes are subject to change and may not be held during college breaks. Contact: Cara.Hancy@NorthernVermont.edu or call 802-635-1486 for more information.




SHAPE Room # 212. 


Our spinning program offers an energizing, cycling-inspired group exercise training program with expert coaching, exhilarating music, and a unique mind/body philosophy – all at a self-directed pace. During the class, the instructor simulates a ride. Together, you will travel flat roads, climb hills, sprint, and race! It is truly a fantastic cardiovascular class. Bring a towel and water and be ready to sweat!


A fitting Tank or t-shirt with cycling shorts is recommended for comfort on the saddle. Cycling shoes with SPD clips are recommended for a superior ride, but stiff-sole athletic shoes are ok, too. New riders are encouraged to arrive early for the instructor to help you get set up properly on the bike.


First-time riders are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to settle in and give our instructor a few minutes to show you the ins and outs of the ride. Because of safety concerns, new riders not be admitted to class if they arrive late. All classes start on time, so make sure you’re on the bike before the lights go down.


Hydration is the key to an energizing, effective and successful ride. Make sure to drink water during and after the ride.


Proper alignment on the Spinning bike is essential to protecting your knees, shoulders, and back. For safety and effectiveness of the ride, it is important that a trained instructor assist you in setting up your bike. 


Ellen Hill

Ellen has been SPINNING since 2007 and been a certified SPINNING instructor since 2008. She discovered that being in front of fellow “Spinners” as an instructor and encouraging them to strive toward a maximum workout is not only motivational and inspirational, it is an honor.

Ellen’s is in her 27th year of service at Johnson, holding titles ranging from director of the Center for Service Learning to the director of Experiential Learning and Nonprofit Management Studies.  Throughout the years, she has worked with countless student leaders who are active in service, leadership and social justice. Ellen states, "I have one the best job in higher education and the honor to work with passionate, talented people who believe they can be catalysts for social change. Every year students amaze me with their achievements that make positive changes in our world."

She currently is the Internship Coordinator and supports over 185 students a year as they seek internships that align with career aspirations and consults with employers to connect students to internships and jobs.




SHAPE Pool Deck


A 45 minute moderate yoga class. Class will include meditation, breath work, warm-up, standing poses, stretches and final relaxation. 

What should I wear?  

Please wear loose clothing. 

Do I need any experience? 

No experience necessary.



Kali Brgant


Kali is a trained counselor and a long time yoga and mindfulness practitioner. She currently runs the College Steps program at Johnson. Kali holds a Master of the Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and has various yoga training certificates from Kripalu, Tantra Vinyasa and Partner Yoga with many hours of teaching. She is an experienced-registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Kali has also spent ample time practicing meditation, living at a meditation center and attending silent retreats. Since Kali was young she found herself curious about the inner depths of the human experience. Her training in counseling, yoga, and mindfulness intertwine perfectly to help others with inner exploration. She believes that you are your own greatest teacher and she helps you to quiet the outer world in order to tune into your inner world. Kali is the co-founder of Green River School of Yoga where she leads 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in association with Johnson's Wellness and Alternative Medicine Program. She also hosts yearly Women's Retreats abroad. For details visit: http://www.wisdomwithinyou.com/



Aqua Aerobics:  


DESCRIPTION: Dive in! Low-impact format, Aqua Fitness classes are suitable for every age and fitness level.


Jennifer Verner

Jennifer has been an aerobics instructor both terrestrial and aquatic for over 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the aqua aerobics class. Jennifer is a certified lifeguard, Special Olympics Swim coach, and teaches aqua aerobics at Smugglers Notch Resort and Northern Vermont University.  She likes to have fun with her classes, while at the same time giving them a great workout. Recently she started a Special Olympics swim team which competed in December of 2017.  Jennifer and her family moved to Vermont from Michigan five years ago, where she from graduated Michigan State University with a BA in advertising and taught step-aerobics for almost 20 years.  She and her family like to ski, hike, and swim.