Health & Wellness
Class sizes are limited and registration is required unless otherwise stated. Payment must accompany registration.
Refunds for classes registered through Anderson Japanese Gardens will be issued if participant cancels at least five days prior to class date.
Anderson Japanese Gardens reserves the right to cancel events in which case, a refund will be issued.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Year Round
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Tai Chi is a combination of slow, graceful exercises that enhance mental focus, relaxation and physical alignment while building leg strength, endurance and stability. Classes range from easy to moderate depending on your abilities. Sessions are led by Craig Westlund. Craig has been studying traditional Asian martial arts for years with experience in Karate, Jujutsu, Kobudo, Shuai Chiao, Sanshou, Xing yi quan, Bagua zhang, Tai Chi Chuan, and Qigong.
Mondays & Thursdays, Year Round
Mondays | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Bujinkan is a system of martial arts that uses body movement and positioning rather than strength to defeat an opponent. Sessions are led by Shidoshi Jeff Patchin, who has trained for more than 30 years in martial arts.
Mindful May – Support for Loss and Grief
Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2019
10:00AM – 11:30AM | Free
Take an hour of your day to slow down. Northern Illinois Hospice invites you to explore the importance of sadness, meditation for grief and loss, and encounter mindful strategies to recover from trauma, loss and change.
Attendees are welcome to wander the gardens before or after the program during open hours. Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings.
Amanda Stivers Yoga
Mondays: Session 1 | May 13 – June 24, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, $56 for 7 week session
Mondays: Session 2 | July 15 – August 26, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, $56 for 7 week session
Mondays: Session 3 | September 9 – October 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, $48 for 6 week session
Drop-in registration is available for all dates for $10/class
Through Amanda’s encouraging guidance, participants learn a variety of yoga asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing) practices. These practices stretch and strengthen the body, build better balance, bring better focus, flexibility, clarity and calm. Each class is open to all experience levels of practice and students are encouraged to practice at their own pace. Participants should bring a yoga mat.
Pure Light Yoga
Mondays: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
May 13 through September 16, 2019
(No class on May 27, July 15, and September 2)
Learn a variety of poses and sequences to gain flexibility and strength in a beautiful, peaceful environment. Proper breathing and relaxation will strengthen your body, calm your mind and is essential to good health. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Bring water and a towel/mat. Do not start yoga if you are pregnant.
Evening Tranquility Walk
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Wednesday, July 17, 2019
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM | $8 senior per session | $9 adult per session | Free for Premium Members
Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the Gardens during the quiet of twilight while experiencing the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature on this 90 minute silent walking/sitting/walking meditation. A “self-guide” book will be given to each participant so they may repeat the experience on their own at any time, in the Gardens or in other locations.
Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings. Please arrive 10 minutes early in front of the Visitor Center, as we depart into the Gardens promptly at 6:45 PM. Pre-registration and payment is required, as the group size is limited.
Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Session 1 | May 29 – July 3
Session 2 | July 10 – August 14
Session 3 | August 21 – September 25
$45 per 6 week session/$10 each class for drop-in (cash or check only)
This class is a gentle practice designed to increase strength and flexibility throughout the body. As we take advantage of the beauty in the gardens, we will focus on being in the present moment, through breath and intention. If you have a desire to move with ease, while finding balance and serenity, this class will assist you on your journey. You will leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready for the remainder of your day. Please bring water and a large towel or mat to class. Drop-ins are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.
Guided Meditation in the Guest House
Thursday, June 27, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Free
Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience the Gardens during the quiet of twilight and discover the peace, tranquility and power that already exists within you. In this guided meditation session, participants will be introduced to and practice strategies that assist with emptying the mind, focusing the mind, and using the mind as a tool of creation.
Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings. Please arrive 10 minutes early and meet in front of the Visitor Center, as we depart into the Gardens promptly at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration is required as the group size is limited.
Attention and Intention
Thursday, August 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | $8 Senior | $9 Adult | Free for Premium Members
Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the Gardens during the quiet of twilight and learn how the Gardens can be used to open and focus the mind on the only time in which life can be experienced, the ever-present moment of Now. Participants stop at several Garden locations to focus their attention on specific life themes: increasing present moment awareness, understanding life’s flow, embracing change and finding personal peace. A journal/guide will be given to participants to use during future visits to the Gardens.
Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions, including insects. Please meet in front of the Visitor Center 10 minutes before the program begins, as we depart into the Gardens promptly at 6:00 PM. Pre-registration and payment is required, as group size is limited.
Peak Sports Club BODYFLOW
Tuesdays: May 28 through August 27, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Ideal for anyone and everyone, BODYFLOW is the yoga-based class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. During BODYFLOW, an inspired soundtrack plays as you bend and stretch through a series of simple yoga moves and embrace elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. Breathing control is a part of all the exercises and instructors will provide options for those just getting started. You’ll strengthen your entire body and leave the class feeling calm, centered and happy.