Health & Wellness 2018

Health & Wellness 2018

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.

Tai Chi

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.

 

For more information or to register, contact Craig at rockfordtaichi@gmail.com

Bujinkan

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.

Please email jpatchin9@gmail.com for registration and further information.

Essential Oils in the Garden

Introduction to Essential Oils:

May 2, 10:30AM | May 11, 2:30PM

Oils and Emotional Health:
May 25, 2:00PM

Classes will focus on emotional health, immune support, natural cleaning products and safe oil use. Classes are $8 each and include informational materials and a take home gift. Register online at gina@gingersunshine.com.

Mindful Mondays in May with Northern Illinois Hospice

Mondays: May 7, 14 & 21, 2018
11:00 AM – Noon

Take an hour of your day to slow down. During our time together, we will explore the importance of sadness, meditation for grief and loss, how we oftentimes run from feeling into panic, and encounter mindful strategies to recover from trauma, loss and change. These events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 815.398.0500 or email avitale@niha.org to register.

Tranquility Walk (new offering for 2018)

Fridays: May 11 | September 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Discover the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature on the 1.5 hour silent walking/sitting/walking meditation. A “self guide” booklet will be given to each participant so that they may repeat the experience on their own at any time.

Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings, including insect protection. Registration is required, as the group size is limited.

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Mondays: Session 1 | May 14 – June 25, no class on June 11
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mondays: Session 2 | July 9 – August 13
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mondays: Session 3 | August 27 – October 8, no class on Labor Day
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session Cost: $48 | Drop-in class: $10

 

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.

For registration and more information, please contact Amanda Stivers at ask@amandastivers.com

Pure Light Yoga

Mondays: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

May 14 – September 17; no class on May 28, July 16, August 20 and September 3

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.

For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie at purelight@comcast.net.

N’Spired Yoga

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session 1 | May 23 – June 27

Session 2 | July 11 – August 15

Session 3 | August 22 – September 26

 

Thursdays: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Session 1 | May 24 – June 28

Session 2 | July 12 – August 16

Session 3 | August 23 – September 27

$45 per 6 week session/$10 each for drop-in

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.

Please contact Nancy at njenke50@gmail.com or 779.200.2480 for more information

Guided Meditation

Friday: June 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Find the peace, tranquility and power that is already within you through Guided Meditation. In this guided meditation session, participants will be introduced to and have the opportunity to practice strategies to assist with emptying the mind, opening the mind and using the mind as a tool

Meditation on Peace (new offering for 2018)

Friday: July 13, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

This is a Kriya Yoga-based, indoor, 45 minute guided, sitting meditation focused on discovering inner peace. Please wear white socks and comfortable clothing for this meditation.

Attention and Intention

Friday: August 10, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn how the Gardens can be used to open and focus the mind to the only time life can be experienced – the ever-present moment of now.  Participants will stop at several Garden locations and focus their attention on specific life themes: increasing present moment awareness, understanding life’s flow, embracing change and finding personal peace.  At each stop, participants will be given the opportunity to set intentions for their lives around those themes. A journal will be given to participants to use during this session as well as future visits to the Gardens.

Tranquility Walk (new offering for 2018)

Friday: September 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Discover the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature on the 1.5 hour silent walking/sitting/walking meditation. A “self guide” booklet will be given to each participant so that they may repeat the experience on their own at any time.

Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings, including insect protection. Registration is required, as the group size is limited.

Sitting Meditation on Expanding Love (new offering for 2018)

Friday: October 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Led by Randy Zimmerman, this is a Kriya Yoga-based, indoor, 45 minute guided, sitting meditation focused on expanding love within yourself and throughout the world and the universe. Please wear white socks and comfortable clothing for this meditation.

Peak Sports Club BODYFLOW

Tuesdays: May 29 through August 28

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.

 

Contact Peak Sports Club at 815.877.4401 for registration and more information.