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Wellness and Fitness

Breathe…relax…and simplify your life with your wellness partner, the Chicago Botanic Garden, on your journey toward feeding your mind, body, and soul. With a holistic approach, we offer programming developed to help you attain or maintain a balanced lifestyle. Warm and friendly instructors combine standard and progressive methods to deliver uplifting classes for people of all ages and abilities. Together we’ll help you fight stress, strengthen your mind and body, and feel rejuvenated. We invite you to sign up for a class and explore the 385-acre gym and classroom also known as the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Outdoor Walking Workout Walking is a great cardiovascular workout for all fitness levels. Maximize the benefits of walking for exercise by learning about proper posture, muscle strengthening, and stretching. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club, offering fresh air and a place where beautiful scenery changes weekly. Classes are conducted in the Regenstein Center courtyard during inclement weather. All fitness levels are accommodated. Dress for the weather; wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. A water bottle will help keep you refreshed.

Tai Chi Tai chi’s fluid movements make the Chicago Botanic Garden an ideal location for classes. People of all ages and physical conditions can learn these movements. Tai chi is best practiced in loose clothing and stocking feet or comfortable flat shoes. Dress for the weather as class may be held outside when weather allows.

Yoga Yoga is an ancient practice that unites body, mind, and spirit. All are welcome. For all sessions, wear comfortable clothing (sweats, shorts, or yoga pants) with socks or bare feet. Yoga mats are required. It is also suggested that you bring a towel with you, as well as a sweatshirt for cool-down. On occasion, when weather permits, class will occur outdoors in one of the beautiful areas of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 1

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:00am

Tea and Health

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Yoga Master Class

  • Start Date: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 9:00am

Optimize Your Energy

  • Start Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 10:30am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 8:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 9:15am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 9:15am
  • Start Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Advanced Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:15am
  • Start Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:15am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 2

  • Start Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8:00am

Summer Celebration and Retreat at Mettawa Manor

  • Start Date: Friday, July 8, 2016 - 10:00am

Gentle Yoga

  • Start Date: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 5:30pm

Yoga Flow Intermediate

  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

Yoga Flow Beginner

  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Yoga at Ease

  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 3

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 8:00am

Detox Your Soaps

  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:00am

Meditation Walk: The Cycles of Life

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00am

Optimize Your Energy in Nature at Mettawa Manor

  • Start Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 4

  • Start Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:00am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 5

  • Start Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am