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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!

Yoga Classes: 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.

Tai Chi Classes: 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.

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.

History of Tea

  • Start Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

Fermentation Workshop: A Study of Beverages

  • Start Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tea 101: Getting to Know Tea

  • Start Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Winter Meditation Walk

  • Start Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 9:15am

Optimize Your Energy

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:30am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Slow and Gentle

  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:30am

Tai Chi: Advanced Beginner Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Advanced Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Beginner Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:15am

Gentle Yoga

  • Start Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 5:30pm

Yoga Flow Intermediate

  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Yoga Flow Beginner

  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:30am

Yoga at Ease

  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Restoration Retreat at Camp Reinberg

  • Start Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm