Although Minnesota is known for its harsh winters, we’re great at taking advantage of each season’s bounty. By April we break out the shorts and tshirts, by May we’re planting gardens and enjoying patio dinners. A returning summer favorite is Open Field, a public space for play and outdoor explorations in the unlikely (but oh-so-fitting) locale of the Walker Art Center, nestled next to two of the most trafficked public parks in the state, Loring Park and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Thanks to our sponsor Optum, this season Open Field has been a home to many activities with health and wellness at their core. From guided exercise to advice from experts about healthy living, Open Field inspires movement, creativity, and a collective sense of wellbeing. Below you can find some of the activities featuring healthy living. With only a few weeks of Open Field left, join us before the sun sets on the summer!
Tot Mama Yoga (for kids under 5 with an adult)
Tuesdays before Arty Pants, 10-10:45am
*One session left! Tuesday August 23, 10-10:45am
Milissa Link, of Tree of Life Yoga, offers a plein-air prelude to Walker Art Center’s Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate. Fun family yoga for hot mamas and their cool kids! Chill with playful yoga postures, songs, balancing games and a peace walk. Just what every toddler—and their busy moms—need to bring balance into their lives. Ms. Milissa will serve a light picnic snack for the children at the end of class while the moms get a chance to relax.
August 9 & 23, 11am-12pm
*One session left! Tuesday August 9, 11am-12pm
Led by OptumHealth Nutritionist Erin Cuomo, you’re invited to bring the kids for a healthy foods taste test. Find out what healthy foods they like and include them in future meals. A delicious way to take a snack break at Arty Pants Tuesdays.
Tai Chi Easy
Weekly Wednesdays , 10-11am
*Two sessions left! Wednesday August 24 & 31, 10am-11am
Harvard researchers call tai chi “moving meditation”, because it provides many health benefits, like lowering blood pressure and stress hormones, as well as boosting immunity and honing your mind-focus. At this weekly Wednesday-morning activity, you’ll learn self-applied massage, breath practice, mindful visualization practice, and easy movement patterns that even the most un-coordinated of us can do.
August 11 & 25, 4-6pm
*One session left! Thursday, August 25, 4-6pm
Warm-up for Open Field with OptumHealth’s Performance Coaches. Drop in for part or all of these three 30-minute sessions of stretching, light aerobic exercise, and games. After your warm-up, get answers to all of your vexing fitness questions from one of Optum’s experts! Visit optumhealthperformance.com to learn more about their coaches and programs.
If I Ignore It, It Will Get Better: Correcting Financial & Physical Ailments
Weekly Thursdays, various times
*Two sessions left! Thursday, August 18 & September 1, 5-6pm
With financial woes and chiropractic complaints often intertwining, Rachel Stulen, Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial and Chiropractor, Dr. Rose Boyd, D. C. join together each Thursday, to analyze imbalances you have financially or physically and offer tips to get you on the road to health.
West African Dance & Drumming
July 9 & August 5
In this dance workshop led by Ms. Kenna of Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, participants get a serious sweat on under the open sky. Learn a traditional dance and work on the rhythm that goes with it. Barefoot dancers get an intense cardiovascular workout and African attire is encouraged.
Photo by Nicole Bucholz
Gorilla Yogis is what yoga is all about! Community, joy, experience… Gorilla Yogis creates awareness to new places and new spaces in the Twin Cities. The mission of Gorilla Yogis is to take yoga out of captivity of the four walls of a yoga studio and into the urban jungle. Gorilla Yogis are pure of heart revolutionaries. We live in the OM and Respect the Unexpected. We are dedicated to connecting and creating a community of peace, love, and happiness — through yoga.
Photo by Travis Anderson, http://www.travisandersonphoto.com/
And, of course, every day we see tons of unstructured fun: hula hoops, ball games, and rolling down the hill!