Wellness 360

March 03, 2021 – October 27, 2021

Wellness 360

With 55 acres of breathing room, Cheekwood serves as a refuge to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit in one of the greenest spaces in Nashville. Our newest initiative, Wellness 360, features outdoor classes led by local instructors, new menu offerings from Café 29, and an extra morning hour on Wednesdays for members to enjoy refreshing self-guided mindfulness walks on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.

Programs are held through October on Wellness WednesdaysTherapeutic Thursdays, and Slow it Down Sundays. Advanced registration is required for all classes, and capacity is limited. Please note, we advise that you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to class time in order to park and walk to the garden location on time for your class.

For questions, please contact wellness@cheekwood.org.

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Wellness Wednesdays  

  • Pilates Power Hour: Mat Pilates (September 1 - October 27)

    Wednesdays, September 1 – October 27
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Frist Learning Center Lawn

    A traditional mat pilates class that focuses on Pilates basics and core stability. This class will focus on lengthening, core strength, mobility, and light stretching . Pilates Mat is a perfect introductory Pilates class but also one that can deepen your practice of your reformer classes, offering challenging and insightful mat work. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Body in Balance: Tai Chi Movement (September 1 - October 27)

    Wednesdays, September 1 – October 27
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Swan Lawn

    Join Cindy Lio of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine of Vanderbilt to experience the flow of gentle Tai Chi and Qigong movements and to tune into the rhythm of nature.  Participants will also experience Tai Chi stepping in a portion of the trail to build a deeper relationship with the earth and to connect with the surroundings. All are welcome.

    Classes will be held on Swan Lawn behind the Cheek mansion, weather permitting. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Wednesday Warriors: Intermediate Yoga (September 1 - October 27)

    Wednesdays, September 1 – October 27
    12 PM – 1 PM
    Swan Lawn

    This popular class aims to build mental awareness and challenge your flexibility, balance, and strength. Participants will be guided by Small World Yoga instructors through vinyasa sequences and breathing cues. This class is suited for individuals who have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.

    Classes will be held on Swan Lawn, weather permitting. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Self-Guided Mindfulness Walks on the Carell Trail (Through October 27)

    Wednesdays through October 27
    8 AM
    Members Only

    Cheekwood opens its doors an extra hour early every Wednesday at 8:00 AM through October, exclusively for our members. Come out early and get a nice start to your day and over 3,000 steps toward your step goal with self-guided mindfulness walks on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.

Therapeutic Thursdays  

  • Shavasana at Sunset: Restorative Yoga (September 16 - October 28)

    Thursdays, September 16 – October 28
    6 PM – 7 PM
    Swan Lawn

    This class is designed to allow our bodies to enter the parasympathetic nervous systems which is known as our “rest and digest” system. When the body is not processing external stressors it conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and drives energy towards digestion. This practice is designed to encourage the body to slow down, conserve energy, and slow production of stress hormones in addition to increasing flexibility slowly over time. It’s perfect for all levels and gentle on joints and ligaments. The poses in this class are held longer, move at an extremely slow pace, and consist mainly of lying down. We like to think of it as an adult nap time. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Rest in Resonance: Restorative Yoga + Sound Bath (September 16 - October 28)

    Thursdays, September 16 – October 28
    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion

    Join Ann Sensing for a Restorative Yoga + Sound Bath practice! How we move is just as important as how much we move. Ignite awareness through gentle movement as we mindfully explore the natural tendencies of the body with the healing power of sound. By engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, we will tune in to the senses in order to have an authentic experience of the body as strong, supple, and adaptable. By actively listening, feeling, and observing ourselves in motion, we tune in to what we need and better ready ourselves for self-healing. Engage in this soulful, multi-sensory movement experience as a way to drop out of the mind to instead befriend and enjoy ease in the body. With opportunities for stillness, we will also explore sound as a way to further relax and restore. Benefits include decreased alienation from the body, feeling joyful, and facilitating gentle understanding, self-compassion, and emotional healing. Open to all. No experience necessary. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register  Waitlist

  • Self-Guided Twilight Mindfulness Walks (Through October 28)

    Thursdays through October 28
    5 PM – 9 PM
    Included with Garden Admission

    Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit through a Self-Guided Twilight Mindfulness Walk on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail. These self-guided walks include prompts to encourage mindfulness while also tracking 3,000 steps toward your step goal. Enjoy live instrumental music on The Carell Trail only on Thursdays from 5 – 6:30 PM.

Slow it Down Sundays  

  • Respire to Reset: Breathwork (September 5 - October 24)

    Sundays, September 5 – October 24
    10 AM – 11 AM
    Frist Learning Center Lawn

    In this series, participants are invited to learn how breath serves as a powerful tool in the yoga practice. Participants are welcome to join a single session or participate in the full series. Participants can expect to be guided through optional poses to support their discovery and understanding of breathwork. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Clear Mind, Pure Peace: Mindfulness Practice (September 12 - October 24)

    Sundays, September 5 – October 24
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion

    Each week, an instructor from The Happy Hour will teach a mindfulness practice that can help to improve awareness and presence, tackle the inner critic, learn breathwork for relaxation, and decrease stress or racing thoughts. Guests can expect to be guided through a mindfulness practice or guided meditation, followed by time for reflection and discussion around the experience. The goal of this class is to develop resiliency to help guests navigate the ebbs and flows of life. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Sunday in Sonority: Sound Bath Meditation (September 5 - October 24)

    Sundays, September 5 – October 24
    12 PM – 1 PM
    Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion

    Join “The Yogi Bassist” Jo-Jo Jackson for a 60-minute sound bath meditation experience. No experience is necessary as this practice is suitable for all. Jo-Jo will guide you through gentle movement and calming breathwork to prepare the body and mind to receive the full benefits of this deeply rejuvenating practice. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of singing bowls, koshi chimes, gongs, crystals, acoustic bass and mantra chanting as Jo-Jo guides you through sound meditation to invite deep inner listening. This practice will offer you the time and space to release deep layers of stress and tension while enjoying the beauty of nature. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Classes will be held in the Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion, weather permitting. Class size is limited to 12 participants. In accordance with social distancing and health precautions, no mats or blankets will be provided, and participants will be spaced six feet apart. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register  Waitlist

Wellness Workshops  

  • Sound Immersion (Sunday, October 17)

    Sunday, October 17
    10 AM – 11:30 AM
    James Turrell’s Blue Pesher Sculpture

    Integrative healing sound is an optimal & accessible way to realign your relationship with your sense of hearing, uplift your mood, harmonize your body’s subtle energies and support your integrative healing from the inside out.  For thousands of years, yogis have practiced Nada Yoga–the yoga of sound–to attune with cosmic vibrations and elevate consciousness. From an ayurvedic wellness standpoint, positive usage of the 5 senses balances & fine-tunes a person’s relationship to the 5 elements of Nature, thus balancing & pacifying aggravated doshas. From a contemporary neurobiological perspective, positive sound vibrations have a proven ability to elevate a person’s mood, alleviate anxiety, improve sleep, and gradually shift baseline neural patterns. Holistically speaking, integrative sound is a therapeutic practice that has the capacity to provide healing for the whole person – body, mind & spirit.

    Join Jo-Jo Jackson, aka “The Yogi Bassist,” on Sunday, October 17 at 10 AM for this unique 90-minute Interactive Sound Immersion workshop to explore the sense of sound, tap into your creative energy & cultivate an integrative sound practice. No prior musical training or experience is necessary. While Jo-Jo will have a variety of sounding instruments to share with participants, if you have any sounding instruments you’d like to use or share with the community you are welcome to bring it to this workshop. Workshop is limited to 10 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

Wellness Talks  

  • Exploring Intuitive Eating (Sunday, October 24)

    Sunday, October 24
    12 PM – 1:30 PM
    Potter Meeting Room

    Nashville Nutrition Partners will be presenting an Intuitive Eating Workshop and Talk on Sunday, October 24.  During our time together we will explore what a healthful relationship to food can look like and some basic intuitive eating practices you can use beyond the workshop, sub-topics will include but are not limited to:

    • Answering “What is Intuitive Eating?”
    • Making Peace with Food in a World of Diets
    • Tuning into Our Bodies’ Wisdom – Satisfaction, Hunger and Fullness
    • Gentle Nutrition – Honoring Your Health without Dieting

    If we have time, we’ll culminate our time together with a hands-on activity to tune into our body’s physical cues and sensations through a practice in interoceptive awareness. This wellness talk is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration required.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

Sales close for Wellness 360 programs 12 hours before class start time. Please review our program policies here.

Dates, hours, activities, and capacity are all subject to change based on updated safety protocols and recommendations of the CDC and Mayor John Cooper’s “Roadmap to Reopening Nashville” Plan. Advanced reservations required for all happenings, workshops, and classes. Additional fees may apply. Capacity is limited.


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