Z is for Zen

Looking to relax this summer? The River City has you covered. From recreation to meditation, the best place to chill out is outdoors. Here are some ideas.

Nature Trails

Enjoy a quiet stroll through Howell Wetlands, 1400 S. Tekoppel Ave., only one of five urban wetland parks in Indiana. Walking trails and boardwalks wind through its 35 acres of natural beauty, including marshland, lowland hardwood forest and upland meadow.

Amble through Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, 551 N. Boeke Road, which at 200 acres boasts one of the largest tracts of old-growth forest in an urban setting in the country. View animals’ natural habitats and take in the many varieties of native flora.

Outdoor Yoga and Pilates

Aiming to rejuvenate your body and soul in the great outdoors? Look no further than these summer yoga seriestaking place outside. For updates on weather-related cancelations or relocations, be sure to check each event’s social media before attending.

Practice your downward dog on the picturesque roof of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at 212 Main St. Sessions are led by instructor Ashley Kiefer and held at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday this summer. A suggested $10 donation goes toward funding the arts council’s programming.

The Franklin Street Bazaar holds a yoga session featuring a rotation of instructors on Saturdays at 9 a.m. in the courtyard of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s West Branch. The Post House at 215 Vine St. in Downtown Evansville also frequently invites residents and the public to practice yoga at 9 a.m. Saturdays in its courtyard.

Join Club Pilates one Saturday a month at the Allen Family Amphitheater in Newburgh for a free morning Pilates class with a river view. Participants should reserve their spot via the Club Pilates app or by calling (812) 618-2499.

Attendees to each event should bring their own mat and towel.

Meditation at Vann Park

Clear your mind and get in touch with nature each morning at Vann Park, at the corner of Vann Avenue and Bayard Park Drive. Precisely at 9 a.m., a group of friends and neighbors meets for a 20-minute meditation session. No reservation is necessary — just show up and bring your own chair. Check out our story on this group of friends in the July/August issue of Evansville Living, on newsstands soon!

Yoga on the Roof photo provided.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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