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Yoga Out on a Limb (June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, 8:30-10am)
Jennifer Schelter
Founder, Mindful Strategies for Living and The Radiant RetreatĀ®

Experience trees as you never have beforeā€¦ 50 feet up at eye level with leaves and birds. Join us for four extraordinary early morning outdoor yoga retreat-like sessions held on the Arboretum's thrilling tree canopy, Out on a Limb. Jennifer Schelter, one of Philadelphia's premier yoga instructors, offers Vinyasa yoga for all levels. The yoga practice includes breathing, mindfulness meditation, balance, strength, flexibility, core awareness, and deep relaxation surrounded by the sky and trees. Benefits include ease, balance and flexibility, reduction in stress and anxiety, increased energy, calm rejuvenation, inspiration, gratitude, laughter, fun, and community. The joy of Out on a Limb is like attending a retreat to an exotic and beautiful forest or jungle, in your own back yard! Bring a yoga mat (or 2) and towel to accommodate the structure surface. Class size limited to the first 30 arrivals. To check on a weather cancellation please call 215-247-5777, ext. 156.

Four Sundays: June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 13
8:30-10 a.m.
Classes scheduled on the 2nd Sunday of every month starting 6/14/2015 and ending 9/13/2015 at 8:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Tai Chi in the Garden
Al Smith
Practitioner Member, National Qigong Association

Do you want to reduce stress, quiet down, move in a slow, balanced way, and cultivate energy? In the beautiful outdoor setting of the Morris Arboretum we will share in the practice of the healing art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. We will begin with Tai Chi EasyTM Level 1, no previous experience is needed. Al Smith has more than 200 hours of teacher training from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. Please wear loose-fitting clothing to the class.

Four Tuesdays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/15/2015 and ending 10/6/2015 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.

Tai Chi 2: Beyond the Basics
Al Smith
Practitioner Member, National Qigong Association

The healing art of Tai Chi welcomes you. This ancient Chinese tradition has been portrayed as a "moving meditation." A whole body experience, it will focus on movement, stillness, breath, and balance. Level 2 will add forms to those of the Tai Chi Easy Sequence practiced in Level 1. A unique Chinese form known as "The Swimming Dragon" will be offered. The practice of this beautiful exercise will increase the production of chi and enhance its circulation throughout the body. This class will build on what you learned in Tai Chi in the Garden. PREREQUISITE: Tai Chi Easy Level 1 or some Tai Chi/Chi Kung experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing to the class.

Four Tuesdays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 12 noon-1 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/15/2015 and ending 10/6/2015 at 12:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.

Save Your Back!
Lucy Dinsmore
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Learn tools and techniques to save your back in the garden. You will learn proper body mechanics from a young(ish) gardener who knows about back pain. After years of experience with physical therapy, yoga, pilates, and the dreaded gym, Lucy will share how to stay strong whether gardening for a living or for fun. You will learn strengthening exercises, try out gardening tools, and end with some restorative stretches to leave you feeling tall and strong. You will be active in this class, so dress for the outdoors and come prepared to stretch! This class meets at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-12 noon
Raindate: October 24
Single class scheduled on 10/10/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Walking Mindfulness Meditation
Sara Trohaugh
Yoga Instructor and Owner, Restorative Bodywork

Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation designed to develop the skills of deep listening to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. Mindfulness guides us to become more aware of thoughts and the sensory world: of what we are hearing, feeling, smelling, and experiencing through the body in the present moment, either inside or outside of ourselves. Amidst the beautiful setting of the Arboretum, this class will guide us to use mindfulness mediation practices to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of nature and be fully present with ourselves as we stroll through the Arboretum. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Four Wednesdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 1 - 2 p.m.
Raindate: October 21, 1-2 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/23/2015 and ending 10/14/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.

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