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!

Fitness Walks 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.

Gentle Yoga

  • Start Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:30pm

Tai Chi For Beginners: Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 8:00am

Yoga Flow Intermediate

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tai Chi For Beginners: Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:15am

Yoga Flow Beginner

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tai Chi: Intermediate Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:15am

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:30am

Introductory Yoga

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

Tai Chi: Advanced Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:15am

Meditation Walk: The Cycles of Life

  • Start Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Yoga Master Class

  • Start Date: Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Fitness Walks: 1 Session

  • Start Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 4 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 8 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 12 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00am