Tai Chi is known as meditation in motion. Practicing Tai Chi at the Garden allows us to connect with the beauty and power of the natural world and to feel our place among the trees, birds, clouds, and water lilies. Classes will be held outdoors with exceptions for inclement weather. Tai Chi at the Garden is led by Gurney Bolster, MA, founder of Tai Chi for Health Pittsburgh, assisted by Sharif Zyhier.
Yoga at the Garden
Certified instructors from Yoga H’Om lead sessions aimed at improving flexibility, strength, and mind-body connection. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s peaceful gardens and woodlands provide an excellent environment to focus and immerse yourself in this practice. Please bring your own yoga mat for the session. Yoga at the Garden is suitable for adults, 18 or older, and is open to individuals of all levels of yoga experience.
Meditation in the Garden
Enjoy a relaxing, nature-inspired guided imagery and sound healing meditation with Dorit Brauer. She is the founder and owner of the Brauer Institute for Holistic Medicine, Award-Winning Artist and Author.
Meditation will help you relax and deal with stress, recognize the impact of thoughts on your quality of life, and achieve positive changes in immune health, peace and clarity.
The guided meditation is accompanied by the relaxing sound of Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, which induce alpha wave level activity of the brain promoting health, balance and harmony.
Please bring a mat, blanket, and pillow or a folding chair and wear comfortable clothing.
Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy (“shinrin-yoku” in Japanese) is an immersive experience where you consciously take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest. According to the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, Forest Therapy offers scientifically documented health benefits, including reduced stress, improved mental clarity, and boosted immune function. Your walk will last from two to two and a half hours.
Your guide, Dr. Doug Jones, will stop you every so often along the trail for invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Come as you are, no advance preparation is needed other than arriving ten minutes early for the walk and dressing appropriately for the weather. We will walk rain or shine, except when there is lightning or an extended downpour.