The Middlebury Institute's Office of Student Services provides several wellness opportunities on or near campus.

For more information about local gym memberships and discounts, please click here.

One Time Free Fitness Class for Students - Fall 2019

Check out a local studio and sign up for a membership if you'd like! Simply arrive a few minutes early and bring your student ID card for free entry on the specific day and time listed. 

August 31,11:00am: Om Yoga Studios, 631 Cass Street, Monterey

September 7, 10:30am: CarmelBarre, 465 Pacific Street, Monterey

September 15, 2:30pm: Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, 300 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove

Monterey Sports Center MIIS-Specific Tours

Stop by the Monterey Sports Center at 301 E. Franklin Street on August 31 or September 6 between 12pm-2pm for a MIIS-specific tour and membership details.You can also come by the Community Resource Fair on September 3 from 12pm-2pm in Holland to talk with membership representatives.

Weekly Wellness Activities and Exercise - Fall 2019

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Yoga   6pm, MG215     12:30pm, MG215    
Kettlebell   7pm, MG215   7pm, MG215      
Karate     6:30pm, MG215   6:30pm, MG215    
Barre             9:15am, CarmelBarre 465 Pacific Street
Mindfulness         4-5:50pm, CACS 8520 Mindfulness for Grad Students MG215 12-1:50pm, TIAG 8520 Mindfulness for Interpreters MG215  

Check the events calendar for any on-campus schedule updates. 

On-campus Karate in the McGowan Wellness space (MG215)

The MIIS Shotokan Karate class trains in traditional Japanese Karate-Do. Training includes basics (kihon), form training (kata), and sparring (kumite). Training develops physical strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, self-discipline and self-defense. No experience necessary! Wear workout clothes or a White Karate Gi, Please do not wear jewelry and strong perfume. Bring a water bottle – you’ll sweat and need to hydrate.

Classes from August 26 - December 13; no class the week of November 25. 

On-campus Yoga in the McGowan Wellness Space (MG215)

Join current student and Yoga Instructor Ali Seidel for a Hatha Flow class. 

Classes from August 26 - December 13; no class the week of November 25. Thursday, 10/3 will be moved to Friday, 10/4 at 10:30am.

On-campus Kettlebell Flow Class in the McGowan Wellness Space (MG215)

Each class will begin with movements and positions to relax tension in your body, open up your muscles, and find your breath. Once you're ready, you'll learn to harness that tension and breath through mindful movements with kettlebells (think cannonballs with handles,) including swings, cleans, snatches, presses,  the Turkish Get-Up, and more. You'll leave every session with greater strength and mobility, more vibrant energy, and deeper peace of mind. Instructor Patrick Webb is certified SFG level 1.

Classes from August 26 - December 13; no class the week of November 25. 

Off-campus Barre at CarmelBarre (465 Pacific Street)

Barre class at CarmelBarre - 465 Pacific Street, across from Casa Fuente. Five spaces are reserved for MIIS students. See the frequently asked question about Barre below to create your CarmelBarre account sign up. Pre-registration is required. Tone, sculpt and strengthen your entire body with focused isometric movements and light weights. A MIIS-approved workout for the past years! 

Free 3-Class Pass Program

The Institute has partnered with CarmelBarre, Om Yoga Studios, Seaside Yoga Sanctuary and Monterey Bay Meditation Studio to offer a free 3-class pass (limit one per student, per semester). Please review the frequently asked questions below for details or come by the Office of Student Services with your Student ID card to pick up pass(es).

Frequently Asked Questions

CarmelBarre, located at 465 Pacific Street, has two opportunities for students during the fall 2018 semester.

  • Students can participate for free in a barre express class offered Saturdays at 9:15am beginning August 31 (last class of the semester is December 7). Five spaces are reserved in this class for students, and a waiting list allows additional students to sign up and be notified should a space open. See details below for how to register and sign up in advance, which is required.
  • Every student can pick up one three-class pass per semester from the Office of Student Services. These card will enable students to take three free classes of their choosing at the CarmelBarre Monterey studio. The student picking up the card will have classes redeemed on their CarmelBarre account; i.e., classes may only be redeemed by the student who picks up the card. See details on account creation below.

CarmelBarre Policies

  • Advanced sign-up is required. Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis.
  • You may cancel registration for a class up to two hours prior to the start time of the class. If you do not cancel within two hours and do not show up, your class will be deducted from any class credit you have on your CarmelBarre account.
  • Please bring a mat, grip socks, and water (towel optional). Students who do not have socks will not be allowed in class.
  • Please also keep strong scents to a minimum—no heavy perfumes or lotions.
  • You must sign a Liability Release at the studio before you can participate in the class. If you pick up a three-class card, you will sign this at Student Services; otherwise, please ask the CarmelBarre instructor for one on-site the first time you arrive at class.

Creating a CarmelBarre account:

You must sign up through CarmelBarre to attend the Wednesday class or redeem your three free classes. The instructions are listed below.

  1. Go to and complete the registration form

Redeeming a three-class card:

  1. Complete the step above to create your CarmelBarre account.
  2. Bring your student ID to the Office of Student Services to pick up a three-class card.
  3. CarmelBarre will add three classes to your account. You must have already created your CarmelBarre account via the step above.
  4. You may sign up for any CarmelBarre class offered, up to three classes, to redeem your free classes. The cancellation policy listed above still applies; if you late-cancel (less than two hours prior to the start of class), one of your free classes will be redeemed.

To attend the Saturday morning class:

  1. Complete the step above to create your CarmelBarre account.
  2. If you did NOT also pick up a three-class pack and you only want to take the Saturday class, email and let them know that you are a Institute student who wants to take the Thursday class. You only need to do this one time.
  3. You will receive an email receipt that you "purchased" a MIIS student package.
  4. Sign up ahead of time and cancel according to CarmelBarre's cancellation policy to allow other students the space. Click here for the class sign-up link.
  5. If you are on the waitlist, you can show up to the studio. If the class is not at capacity, they are happy to let additional students in.

CarmelBarre utilizes the MindBody app for signing up for classes. Sign up for classes online here, or download the MindBody app for mobile.

There are two options for MIIS Students to take classes at Om Studios:

  • MIIS students with a valid student ID can pick up a card for three free classes from Student Services starting August 19. It can be used at Om Yoga Studios: 631 B Cass St, Monterey, CA. Students must present the 3-class card and their Student ID to the studio on the day of their first class. The card expires 30 days from the first class. Classes may only be redeemed by the student who picks up the card. 
  • Additionally, Om Yoga offers the discounted membership rates for MIIS students who present their student IDs - 3 months of unlimited yoga for $199 for students, faculty and staff. 

Learn more about Om Yoga Studios and check out their weekly schedule here.

Student Services has partnered with Seaside Yoga Sanctuary to offer three free yoga classes at their Pacific Grove or Carmel-by-the-Sea studio locations for Institute students. You can pick up one pass per semester at Student Services like the passes listed above.

Seaside Yoga Sanctuary also has ongoing discounted passes and monthly memberships for students.

For more information about Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, including their schedule of classes, please click here. 

Student Services has partnered with the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio (MBMS) to offer three free meditation sessions at their Pacific Grove studio location for Institute students. You can pick up the pass at Student Services like the Barre and Yoga passes listed above.

For more information about MBMS and mindfulness at the Institute, see our mindfulness page.