Premier Pittsburgh public garden to offer week of wellness activities free with admission.
Pittsburgh, Pa. — As part of its Tropical Forest Conservatory exhibit highlighting India, one of the most botanically rich regions of Earth, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will present a special Yoga Festival from March 1 – 7, 2013 in celebration of this ancient Ayurvedic tradition, which has improved the well-being of countless practitioners across the globe. Set against a backdrop of lush plants and exotic flowers, cascading waterfalls and a serene fish pond, yoga programs, discovery stations, food tastings and more will be offered during this week of wellness in the garden’s most spa-like space.
Free to attend with regular paid admission to Phipps, presentations from local instructors on a variety of yoga-themed topics will be held in the Tropical Forest Conservatory from 11 a.m. – noon on March 1 and 4 – 7, and from 11 a.m. – noon and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on March 2 and 3. All week, children can create rangoli — beautiful Indian mosaics made by using natural materials like beans and flower petals to color in numerous shapes and forms — from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Additionally, on weekend days, Saturday and Sunday, festival-goers can participate in Indian-inspired food tastings from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
While visiting for the Yoga Festival guests are encouraged to explore the wonderful and colorful world of the Tropical Forest India exhibit, too. Opened to the public in February 2011, this state-of-the-art glasshouse environment— the most energy efficient of its kind — features a spice and tea market display, Ayurvedic healing gardens, a field research station and a gorgeous temple façade. Visitors may also step out onto the terrace and continue their journey into the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a new addition to the Phipps campus that has emerged as one of the greenest buildings on the planet.
Details on the Tropical Forest India Yoga Festival are available at phipps.conservatory.org. Phipps admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (two – 18). Members and kids under two enter free. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. Fridays.