BCT Member Courses

These courses are provided by BCT members for BCT members. They are aimed at helping you discover and develop new skills and interests.

The teachers of the courses (and workshops) are certified instructors in their professional field. All BCT Member Courses start with one free class to give participants the possibility to test the course. While the trial sessions are open to non-BCT members, the BCT Member Courses are exclusively for BCT members.

To become a member and benefit from all our activities and services JOIN US here.

For further information about upcoming BCT Member Courses, check the events page in Small Talk magazine or see below.

These workshops are held at our Clubhouse in 1050 Ixelles/Brussels.

If you are a BCT member and would like to offer a course to other members, please read and fill in the BCT Member Course Guidelines and Form. (It is an editable PDF you can simply fill in and send to the address stated in the guidelines. You will need to be a member and be logged in to the website to open the PDF.)

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BCT Member Courses

All BCT member courses:
  • require no specific fitness level or previous experience
  • for BCT members the first session is a free trial
  • places are limited so booking is essential

 

PILATES

MONDAYS & FRIDAYS @ 10 - 11 am  (last online class 3 August, restarts 31 August)

 

* * online via Zoom until restrictions allow person-to-person classes

Open level, including postnatal, dads welcome

Pilates offers one of the best ways to get back into – and maintain - shape quickly after having a baby. The benefits of Pilates classes are many. Designed specifically to target those problem areas that mothers face after pregnancy, these classes are conceived to firm-up + strengthen the body's core muscles in order to create a trimmer and sleeker silhouette. By creating a "girdle" around the middle you will have greater strength in the back + stomach muscles and will even increase arm strength to help cope with all the bending and lifting required with a new baby. Pilates will also help to improve posture. Pilates can do wonders for overall conditioning as well as de-stressing and helping for relaxation.

Sandra Gomez Wilches is a trilingual FR/EN & SP qualified Stott Pilates instructor expert in matwork and reformer, with 4 years of experience teaching all age groups from rehabilitation to professional sports people. As Sandra is passionate about movement and strongly believes that the mind, the emotions and body are linked, she insists on the importance of breathing to create body awareness and positive thinking to achieve one's goals. Sandra has also followed training on trigger points (how to find tender areas on your body and releasing the tension) as well as Low Pressure Fitness (a repertoire of postural & breathing exercises which decreases intra-abdominal pressure using apneas. Its benefits are: improves capacity of breathing, creating recuperative sleep, strengthening & restoration of pelvic floor & perineum muscles as well as reducing your waist perimeter).

Cost: 18 euros per class (the first session is a free trial for BCT members)

Places are limited so bookings essential. Please contact directly Sandra at gomezwilchessandra@gmail.com or 0485 94 15 89.

 

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PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA

Tuesdays, 9.30 am (Postnatal) / Thursdays, 10 am (Prenatal)

* * online via Zoom until restrictions allow person-to-person classes @ the BCT Clubhouse

 

PRENATAL YOGA

This yoga class offers postures specific for pregnancy in a mindful setting.  Classes are designed to keep you moving gently, increase flexibility, reduce stress and find new ways of breathing all in preparation for a more peaceful and mindful child birthing process.

POSTNATAL YOGA

This class will complement post-natal physiotherapy. We work first on reconnecting with the pelvic floor by regaining tone and flexibility. We also work on stretching and strengthening the shoulders and back, clearing the mind, and resting the body. It is an opportunity to take care of yourself and meet other new mothers, without having to separate from your baby - babies are most welcome in this class.

Cost of classes: 60 euros per 5 'real' classes* or 5-10 euros per Zoom class

To register, please contact Catherine Drouet at bctyoga@hotmail.com, 0471 86 52 12.

*The class will only go ahead with a minimum of 3 participants.

 

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TODDLER YOGA - for children 2-5 years of age

* * online via Zoom until restrictions allow person-to-person classes @ the BCT Clubhouse

Starting in September

A great way for young children to practise mindful movement, learn useful breathing techniques and have lots of fun! This class lets young children (and their parents) move in healthy and fun ways to encourage stress reduction and focus, and to practise stillness and ease.

Emily Gold is a yoga therapist and teacher, doula and public health specialist, who has been practicing yoga since 2003. After completing her university degree in 2006 she travelled to Thailand where she first discovered the joys of meditation. Faced with seizures from a benign brain tumor in 2008, Emily first learned of the healing power of yoga, turning to her regular practice as a relief for the physical and mental pain she was experiencing. This healing path led her to pursue yoga teacher training, beginning in 2013 and she became a yoga therapist in 2017.  Emily is trained in a variety of yogic modalities including Hatha, Yin, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and Womb Yoga. She weaves these modalities to create practices and teachings that are gentle and accessible, focusing on acceptance, growth and healing. Emily has practiced yoga on 4 continents and truly believes that there is a yoga practice out there for everyone.  Her website is: www.EmilyGoldYoga.com

Cost: 15 euros per class or 3 classes for 40 Euros

To register, please contact Emily@EmilyGoldYoga.com or GSM: 0483 390549

The class will only go ahead with a minimum of 3 participants.

 

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PRACTICAL WORKSHOP via ZOOM: THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING WITH MY BABY

Come to play with your baby (from 0-12 months)

  • For babies between 0-6 months: Mondays at 10.00 am on 14, 21, 28 September and 5, 12 October

  • For babies between 6-12 months: Wednesdays at 5.00 pm on 16, 23, 30 September and 7, 14 October

The first year of a baby's life is the time when he or she will develop most. That is why it's the ideal time to stimulate all areas of development: psychomotricity, manipulative skills, cognitive (attention and concentration), sensorial stimulation or social processes. But above all, playing is a great way of reinforcing the bond between the parents and the child. When playing with our babies we foster trust, attachment, and security.

This online workshop is structured in 5 sessions of 50 minutes each. The structure of every session will be the following:

Contents

Timing

  • Participants presentation

  • Baby development of this week? Changes, new achievements, questions.

  • Expectations for today's session

5 minutes

  • Psychomotricity routine

20 minutes

  • Games from different areas: fine motor movements (manipulative skills), cognitive process, language, and sensory activities (every day a different one)

20 minutes

  • Theoretical explanation of the games. Which is the goal and purpose of each game, which abilities are we developing.

  • How to repeat it at home adapting the games to the needs of each baby.

  • Questions

10 minutes

This workshop is given by Iciar Villacieros, clinical psychologist, family therapist and mother of twins. Iciar has a degree in psychology (Madrid), a master's degree in systemic and couples family therapy (Madrid) and a doctorate in psychology (Madrid).    She has been working as a clinical psychologist and family therapist for more than 16 years with different populations. In recent years she has also specialized in the development of the baby through play in her first year of life.  She has extensive experience as a university professor, as well as workshops and groups. She belongs to the Commission des Psychologues Belge and the EFTA (European Family Therapy Association).  Her website is https://www.sandboxpsychology.com

Cost: 90€ for 5 sessions

Registration: is limited to 6 participants. To register, please contact Iciar at: Villacieros.psicologia@gmail.com

 

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FREE - FAMILY YOGA WORKSHOP  (5-10 years old):

Coming up one Sunday in September

* * online via Zoom until restrictions allow person-to-person classes @ the BCT Clubhouse

The Family Yoga workshop will be based on Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) concept which introduces yoga to children in a playful way. There will be songs and yoga games in English, we will be practising yoga poses through stories. The children will explore how to relax in their secret garden. Breathing practices (pranayama) are a great way to reduce stress and help with focus and concentration. KAY incorporates all of the traditional aspects of yoga. The principles of Yoga teach kids kindness, sharing, compassion, mindfulness, awareness, and much more. Children nowadays suffer from stress at school and their minds are too busy, staying "connected" most of the time during the day. Yoga class gives them an opportunity to switch off and stay in their own space and slow down. Yoga teaches them to connect with their bodies and mind.

Veronika is RYT (200h) and certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Children’s Yoga Teacher.  She has completed workshops such as Yoga de Kika with Ulrika Deze and workshops on relaxation techniques for teenagers.  She loves teaching yoga to kids and sharing the joy of yoga practice with her children at home.

Participation fee: FREE  (members only)

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Veronika at kayogabrussels@gmail.com

 

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PARENTING WITH LESS STRESS AND ANXIETY

Coming up in September

* * online via Zoom until restrictions allow person-to-person classes @ the BCT Clubhouse

This 2-hour workshop will teach parents mind-body techniques to reduce stress and improve resilience. You will learn tips for dealing with anger and meltdowns (yours and your kids') as well as ways to improve your overall stress management so you react more mindfully, parent more confidently and treat yourself with more kindness.

 Emily Gold is a yoga therapist and teacher, doula and public health specialist, who has been practicing yoga since 2003. After completing her university degree in 2006 she travelled to Thailand where she first discovered the joys of meditation. Faced with seizures from a benign brain tumor in 2008, Emily first learned of the healing power of yoga, turning to her regular practice as a relief for the physical and mental pain she was experiencing. This healing path led her to pursue yoga teacher training, beginning in 2013 and she became a yoga therapist in 2017.  Emily is trained in a variety of yogic modalities including Hatha, Yin, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and Womb Yoga. She weaves these modalities to create practices and teachings that are gentle and accessible, focusing on acceptance, growth and healing. Emily has practiced yoga on 4 continents and truly believes that there is a yoga practice out there for everyone.  Her website is: www.EmilyGoldYoga.com

Cost: 25 euro per person/couple

To register, please contact Emily@EmilyGoldYoga.com or GSM: 0483 390549

 

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BABY MASSAGE

Next course:  starting soon

FOR: caregivers and infants - newborn to pre-crawling

Massage can help bonding, break down barriers, soothe the mind and body.

This course of 5 classes of 60 minutes teaches you how to massage your baby. The classes are fun and relaxed and are open to all caregivers. We will progress to learn to massage the whole baby. It is a baby led course - we respect the wish of the baby. No massage the day of any vaccinations or if baby has a fever. If your baby is asleep then you can use a doll provided or watch. If your baby does not wish to be massaged, then you can participate and learn the strokes to then use at home.

Practical info: Bring a towel and small bowl to put oil in (oil provided by teacher unless you prefer your own).

Maximum/minimum number of participants per class: 8/4.

Joanne Fraser is trained as an instructor of Infant Massage (International Association of Infant Massage 2004). Through her voluntary work at O.N.E. in Waterloo and private classes, she has seen the value of still hands and gentle touch with respect in the process of grief and healing. Joanne has practised in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium over the last 14 years and has a Facebook site babyinbelgium to promote respectful touch and infant massage.

Cost: 100 euros for a course of 5 classes (the first session is a free trial for BCT members).

Places are limited so booking is essential. To register for the course, please contact Joanne at joannefraser_home@hotmail.com