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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.

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 1

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00am

Meditation Walk: The Cycles of Life

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Outdoor Walking Workout Flexible Pass

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00am

50 Uses for Coconut Oil

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:30am

Fermenting Pickles

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Managing Macronutrient Foods

  • Start Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tai Chi For Beginners: Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:15am

Tai Chi Basics

  • Start Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:30am

Tai Chi: Advanced Beginner Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Advanced Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Beginner Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 9:15am

Optimize Your Energy

  • Start Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:30am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 2

  • Start Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:00am

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

  • Start Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am
  • Start Date: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

Movement and Mindfulness in the Garden

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:30am

Gentle Yoga

  • Start Date: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:30pm

Yoga Flow Intermediate

  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Yoga Flow Beginner

  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Yoga at Ease

  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Summer Sunrise Yoga

  • Start Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:00am

Natural Wellness through Laughter

  • Start Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Start Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00am
  • Start Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:30pm

Ayurveda 101

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 3

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00am

Explore Your Environment Naturally at Mettawa Manor

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Conscious Movement Yoga

  • Start Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Optimize Your Energy in Nature at Mettawa Manor

  • Start Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:00am

Yoga Nidra: Deep Relaxation

  • Start Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 4

  • Start Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

  • Start Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Mettawa Manor

  • Start Date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:00am

Optimize Your Energy I

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:30am

Optimize Your Energy II

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:30am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 5

  • Start Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am