Fitness Classes


From yoga to weight training, Iona’s fitness classes are designed to help you maintain or improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Led by professionals with experience teaching older adults, our classes are open to newcomers and fitness pros alike looking to stay active as they age. Plus, all classes and routines can be modified to fit your fitness abilities and goals.

Iona’s fitness classes are offered at two locations. Course descriptions, locations, and registration information are below.

Classes at Iona

To register for a class at Iona (4125 Albemarle Street NW), please download and print our registration form here and bring it (along with payment) to the first class. You can also register by calling Darryl Simpson at (202) 895-0238, or by coming 10 minutes early to any class and filling out the form/making payment at that time. The cost per class on a drop-in rate is $13 per class. A discounted per-class rate of $10 will be offered only to those who sign up – and pay for – the entire session. We are happy to prorate the registration fee for you if you join after a class session begins. You can also visit our calendar to see if a class is being offered, or download a PDF of our class schedule.

Strength, Balance, and Posture

Instructor: Dave Reynolds
Mondays, 10:00-11:00 am or 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Build muscle and movement using weights and bands. Instructor works with beginners and advanced students to help them progress at their own rate.


Instructor: Judy Silberman
Mondays, 1:30-2:45 pm or Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am
Improve body awareness, strength, balance, and posture by stretching and moving into poses adapted for seniors. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can help with attention and memory. Chairs are available, if preferable to floor mats.

Tai Chi Friend’s Club

Instructor: Shabaka J-El
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am
Play Tai Chi with friends for fun, fitness, and relaxation. Come join us to enjoy Tai Chi, a natural and holistic way to look a feel younger.

Zumba Gold

Instructor: Ruth Barnes
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
A fun, easy to follow dance exercise class. The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® moves at a lower intensity. Enjoy Latin-inspired movements that provide a great aerobic workout while also focusing on balance, range of motion and coordination.

Stay Moving with Parkinson’s Disease

Physical Therapist: Morgan Cole
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:00 pm

Iona is offering a community exercise class for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Taught by a physical therapist using evidence-based exercise interventions, the exercise class is specifically geared towards those with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

To register for the class, participants must provide a valid physician’s prescription certifying that they are appropriate to participate in a group exercise class and have a diagnosis of PD or Parkinsonism. Participants must also sign a liability waiver prior to participation, and participate in a short pre-screening with the physical therapist. The January-February session will run January 15-February 26 . The March-April session is will start March 11-April 29 (no class March 25).  Each session will cost $105 for each participant.  Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We ask participants to pay the full session cost before the first day; sessions are not pro-rated. For more information and to register, please email Morgan Cole at

Senior Fit

Instructor: Ruth Barnes
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm
Improve your body and endurance. This class includes band, bar, and music routines.

Beginners Tai Chi

Instructor: Tyrone Cave
Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
A time-tested set of exercises to increase physical and mental ability. The practice gently improves circulation, concentration, and posture.

Total Work Out

Instructor: Gerri Carpenter
Fridays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Strengthening, cardio, and fun for moderate to advanced fitness levels.

Classes at St. Alban’s Saterlee Hall

Fitness classes are just one activity in our Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s (3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW — adjacent to the National Cathedral). You are welcome to drop-in for a fitness class only, or you can stay for the entire program. For your first time, please come 15 minutes prior to the start of class to fill out our registration forms. Please bring valid identification with you. Because we order lunches a week in advance, if you decide to stay, we may not have a meal available for you.

Low-impact Fitness

Instructor: Kathy Gracenin
Mondays: 11 am – 12 pm
General wellness programs for older adults to slow the aging process and promote independent living. The classes include preventative tips and demonstrations for taking care of oneself in emergencies. Seated, slow movements involving the entire body to protect against fractures by increasing bone strength and density.

Move to the Music

Instructor: Kathy Gracenin
Tuesdays: 11 am -12 pm
Get fit with foundational and fun body basics. A fabulous fusion of movement systems and simple dance combinations for a better understanding of the workings of your blood, breath, and bones. This class will enhance body awareness for improving your strength, balance, and posture.

Exercise with Gerri

Instructor: Gerri Carpenter
Wednesdays: 11:15 am –12 pm
Rollicking, spirited, heart-pumping fun with hand/eye coordination and strengthening.

FOYF Group Fitness

Instructor: NiClaire Jones
Thursdays: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FOYF is a group exercise class to celebrate mature clients in their evolving fitness journey. Participants will be guided through challenging, full body workout via cardio, strength, core/balance and flexibility training. Seated & standing options are presented with modifications where necessary. FOYF-benefits of remaining physically active!


Instructor: Dr. Linda Smith
Fridays, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Mat Work from 10:30‐11:00 AM: Pre‐class session for people who want to build their yoga stretch. Attention is given to getting down to your mat and also getting up from the mat safely.
Seated Work from 11:00 AM – NOON: Stretching, seated, and standing yoga.