Posing was recognized as a healthy, expressive form of exercise before J. D. Salinger and '80s movies gave poseurs a bad name. Take back posturing with today's Groupon: $40 gets you a 10-class card for yoga and tai chi classes (an $89 value) at Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Carmichael.
Both the yoga and tai chi classes are taught by experienced instructors, dedicated to helping students better their quality of life through philosophy, meditation, and pose-based exercise. Yoga classes follow the Hatha tradition, which helps practitioners reduce stress, raise self-awareness, and stay firm and fit through stretching, posing, and flexing with ancient postures and breathing techniques. The tai chi classes are taught in the Guang Ping Yang style, a rare 64-posture form known for its blended energies and deep roots. Grace and flow are emphasized in the movements for a meditative form of exercise that improves vitality and introspection while reducing tension. Lotus Garden also offers free meditation classes, as well as a free weekly Kirtan gathering (group meditation with chanting) and free vegetarian feast.
Without moments of rest and relaxation, life begins to resemble an early '90s Mountain Dew commercial. Decked with handsome waterfalls, koi ponds, and lush vegetation, Lotus Garden Meditation empowers students to let go of their daily obstacles and exist in the moment.
- The place is so peaceful and calm. Everyone there is wonderful, the yoga teachers are really helpful and super friendly. – Margaret G., Insider Pages
- I loved the instructors and now have a place I can go to to rest my body mind and spirit! – John H., Insider Pages
- The instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful. Classes are great for beginners or advanced. – Kelly Z., Insider Pages
Lotus Garden Meditation Center
Lotus Garden Meditation Center's two-acre grounds calm nervous systems even before guests ease into their first meditative pose. A koi pond rests beside a gazebo, plants sprout from the organic garden, and waterfalls and bamboo gardens surround swimmers in the pool. Inside a barn-turned-yoga-studio, teachers walk students through muscle-strengthening Hatha yoga series, a rare 64-posture style of tai chi, and free stress-relieving meditation classes. Transcendence continues at free weekly Kirtan sessions, a form of group meditation rooted in singing and chanting ancient mantras. Free vegetarian dinners follow weekly Bhakti yoga classes, and weekend events such as vegetarian cooking classes teach students how to take holistic methods off the mat. For more sustained quietude, one- and three-day retreats combine extended meditation, philosophical talks, and vegetarian meals.
7225 Lincoln Ave.
Carmichael, California 95608Get Directions