Yoga and Ethnobotany in the Arboretum

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This fall the UC Arboretum & Botanic Garden is bringing the ancient practice of 
yoga and using plants as healing agents alive in an ongoing series!

yerba buena
Yerba buena

Yoga connects the body and mind through physical practice. Native California plants, suitable to grow in our local climate, have long been known to impact and support health. This series blends the healing elements of yoga and native plants. In doing so, it enhances your knowledge of plant medicine and increases your mind-body connection. You will feel oneness, peace, and bliss in practice with other people while surrounded by a natural landscape.

Yoga and Yoga Breathing techniques will help you by reducing stiffness, increasing the range of motion, and instilling feelings of peace. Plants, such as Yerba Buena, manzanita, and macadamia nuts, will be introduced to promote and support more profound healing.

Rose hips
Rose hips

Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm and Wednesday morning from 7:30 am – 8:45 am beginning 9/11 and ending 11/7 outdoors near the administrative offices. The class may take place indoors given weather conditions.

Yoga movements introduced will be accessible for beginners and advanced practitioners alike

We provide bolsters, straps, and blankets. Please bring your own mat.

You may sign up for one or as many sessions as you like.

Classes are $17 for non-members and $8 for members.

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Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie is both a Yoga Therapist, and Flower Essence Therapist with over 20 years experience. You can learn more about Lisa Marie at www.premamindbodyspirit.com

Rick Flores is the steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program. Rick has more than 20 years experience cultivating the Arboretum’s landscape and being in service to the Amah Mutsun tribe.

Rick Flores
Rick Flores

 

There are work-study or volunteer opportunities for this series.  Please contact Amber Burke at (831) 502-2303 or aburke1@ucsc.edu to learn more or apply.