Yoga & Tai Chi in the Garden

June & July 2018

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. Heather Eiden moves from yoga asanas to slow looking--at the sculptures at Lynden--as a technique for mindfulness. Angela Laughingheart combines the soft moving sequences of Tai Chi and Qigong with Lynden’s natural setting for an immune system-boosting experience. The class fee includes admission to the sculpture garden for the day.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (yoga socks, tai chi shoes, or something similar) for outdoor practice and bring a mat for yoga. Classes move into the sun room in inclement weather.

Tai Chi five-class session is $50/$25 members. Yoga five-class session is $40/$20 (includes one free session on July 22).
Drop-in rate: $12/$7 members
Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

Tai Chi for Health Warriors with Angela Laughingheart
Saturdays, 2-3:30 pm - June 2-June 30, 2018

Nothing under heaven is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for eroding the hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
- Tao Te Ching

"Go with the flow" is the sum total of Tai Chi philosophy. The body starts this process with slow moving postures, then enhances it with coordinated breath and mindful presence. Outdoor practice adds another layer, allowing for harmonization with nature. Tai Chi for Health Warriors provides an immune system-boosting experience as you integrate your qi in Lynden’s natural setting.

Art and Asanas with Heather Eiden
Sundays, 1:30-3 pm - July 1-July 29, 2018

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
Over her years at Lynden, Heather Eiden has come to view steady contemplation of sculpture as a mindfulness practice, both restorative and enlivening. 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/intermediate Hatha yoga class, Eiden focuses on mindfulness, centering, and alignment in relation to Lynden’s collection of monumental sculptures as she leads students through asanas (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath), and relaxation. 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. Each class will begin with chai tea, and end with reflective journaling.

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 leading tai chi classes since 1998. She is also the school director at YMAA Tai Chi Ch'uan of Wisconsin(

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