Frazier History Museum offering ways to get healthy this summer

Women getting active at the Frazier History Museum

Players from the UofL women’s basketball team helped kick off Get Healthy in the Garden, which continues through Aug. 31. | Courtesy of Frazier History Museum

Looking for inner peace or a chance to dance your cares away? The Frazier History Museum has got you covered with a free series of mind-body activities through the end of August. The museum is offering more than 30 sessions of activities, including mantra yoga, tai chi and hip-hop dance, to draw people to its Gateway Garden.

The Get Healthy in the Garden initiative, supported by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Kentucky, will give people an incentive to experience the linear park and rooftop garden while trying out the activities.

“We have this amazing park space lined with native Kentucky trees and trellis walls,” said Frazier Vice President Andy Treinen in a news release. “We want everybody to enjoy it — not just our museum visitors. It’s a great place to take your lunch break or meet a friend. And it’s nestled between two buildings, so there’s ample shade.”

Frazier's Gateway Garden

The mind-body activities are held in Frazier’s Gateway Garden. | Courtesy of Frazier History Museum

Frazier also is the site of “Olmsted’s Louisville,” a temporary exhibition exploring the legacy of renowned parks designer Frederick Law Olmsted.

In the news release, Leon Lamoreaux, president of Anthem Kentucky Medicaid, said Get Healthy in the Garden is a “unique program that focuses on whole-person health and provides Louisville residents the opportunity to improve their overall well-being.”

Check out these sessions, which are free and open to the public, through Aug. 31:

Wednesdays: Chant for Peace! from noon-1 p.m. Instructor Tara Kimes will lead a kirtan, a call-and-response form of an ancient mantra practice. It’s suggested you bring a towel or blanket to sit on, but chairs will be available.

Saturdays: Tai Chi from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Instructor Yong You, who’s practiced the Yang style of Tai Chi since 1980, will lead these sessions. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Saturdays: Hip-Hop Dance from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Instructor Ta’Nia Knott will be using original choreography and upbeat music with participants ages 16 and up.

If bad weather occurs, sessions will be moved to Frazier’s loft on the fourth floor.