Free health-focused Wellness Wednesdays planned at Shangri La Gardens; see the details

Published 12:18 am Thursday, March 14, 2024

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The public is invited to a new health-focused program, Wellness Wednesdays, at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Organizers said the wellness experience provides visitors an opportunity to start their day with physical activity and nature. The gardens are going to open at 7 a.m. every Wednesday through October.

Admission to Shangri La Botanical Gardens is free of charge.

“Lace up your sneakers and come enjoy a dose of nature’s healing at Shangri La,” guest services coordinator Marlene Cox said. “This spring, commit to healthy habits by engaging your mind and body in practices that promote your physical health, as well as nurture your mental well-being. We encourage individuals to also take advantage of the social opportunities made possible with this initiative by forming a walking group, spending quality time with friends and family or setting collaborative wellness goals together.”

During Wellness Wednesdays, visitors can walk their way to better health, energize the mind with meditation, strengthen the body with yoga, read a book or watch nature’s art.

Visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.

A free, guided yoga class is being offered on select Wellness Wednesdays.

On March 20, visitors may enjoy adult gentle yoga in the garden to move, stretch and awaken their mind and body. Participants will learn unique connections within the body to increase muscle elasticity, loosen joints and gain flexibility.

The class starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to check in starting at 10 a.m., as well as bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable shoes.

“We’re thrilled to launch Wellness Wednesdays as a part of our dedication to provide opportunities for individuals to foster a deeper connection with nature,” Cox said. “Spending time outdoors can enhance your mind, body and soul. Step into serenity at Shangri La Botanical Gardens during Wellness Wednesdays this spring.”

Shangri La Gardens and Nature Center is located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange.

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