Yoga & Tai Chi in the Garden

Tai Chi Session I: Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm, June 1-June 29, 2016; Tai Chi Session II: Sundays, 9-10:30 am - July 10-August 7, 2016; Yoga Plus: Saturdays, 9-10:30 am - July 9-August 6, 2016

Photo: Heather Eiden.

It's summer and there are many places to enjoy outdoor yoga and tai chi classes in Milwaukee, but the Lynden Sculpture is unique. Our classes are set among 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, pond and woodland, and because they are taught by artists, awareness of this environment has become a central part of their teaching practice at Lynden. Angela Laughingheart combines the soft moving sequences of Tai Chi and Qigong with readings from the Chinese classics, bringing mind and body in harmony with nature. Heather Eiden moves from yoga asanas to slow looking--at the sculptures at Lynden--as a technique for mindfulness. The class fee includes admission to the sculpture garden for the day.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (yoga socks, tai chi shoes) for outdoor practice and bring a mat for yoga. Classes move indoors in inclement weather.

Each five-class session is $50/$25 members.
Drop-in rate: $12/$7 members
Register for five-class sessions online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

Tai Chi Plus: Harmonizing with Nature with Angela Laughingheart

Session I: Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm, June 1-June 29, 2016
Session II: Sundays, 9-10:30 am - July 10-August 7, 2016
“Outdoor practice allows for the best harmonization with Nature,” observes fiber artist and Tai Chi instructor Angela Laughingheart. Tai Chi and Qigong are soft moving sequences, developed by the Chinese for health, longevity and self-defense. These exercises regulate the body, breathing, and mind of the practitioner to bring the human qi (bioelectricity) system to a higher and more balanced state. Using the same energy paths as an acupuncturist, we adjust the qi flow with movements instead of needles. For Tai Chi Plus, Laughingheart shares reading from the Chinese classics. No experience is necessary. Handouts for home practice and cool tea are provided.

Yoga Plus: Slow Looking with Heather Eiden

Saturdays, 9-10:30 am - July 9-August 6, 2016
Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smoldering fires, and ugliness, where the sound of water and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation.
- The Upanishads

Yoga, which means union, refers to the interconnection of mind, body and spirit. Yoga is an ongoing process of discovery, an evolving art, and a pathway to holistic health. In this beginning/intermedia Hatha yoga class, Eiden focuses on mindfulness, centering and alignment as she leads students through asanas (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath), and relaxation. For Yoga Plus, Eiden calls upon her background as a ceramic artist and art educator to teach slow looking, the act of looking deeply at a work of art. Over her years at Lynden, Eiden has come to view steady contemplation of sculpture as a mindfulness practice, both restorative and enlivening. Each class will begin with chai tea, and end in informal discussion.

About the Instructors

Heather Eiden has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2004. She is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and has studied at several places, including the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society in Rishikesh, India. She has offered a variety of yoga classes, including Beginning Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Alignment, at the Wisconsin Athletic Club and the Solcare Wellness Center. She has been teaching yoga at Lynden since 2011.

Angela Laughingheart has been the certified School Director at YMAA Tai Chi Ch'uan of Wisconsin since 2003 ( She teaches Yang Style Classic Tai Chi forms and supporting Qigong.

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