Tai Chi & Qigong

9am Sunday Mornings
with Hasan Rucker

9:00 am to 10:00 am on Sundays
All Participants can enjoy 10% Off The Cedars House food & beverages!

During each workout the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint of the body. 

Tai chi (also taiji) was developed in China as a very effective martial art. 
Most people both in China and the West practice tai chi not for combat but rather as a potent health exercise. Unlike many exercises, tai chi/taiji can be done by anyone who can stand up. Safe for all ages, body types and fitness levels. Qigong (alternatively spelled chi gung or chi kung) is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves.

Classes take place outdoors near the Wissahickon Creek and Andorra Meadows, and inside Cedars in our beautiful activity room in the case of inclement weather. Pay by card here on eventbrite or reserve a spot and pay Hasan cash directly the morning of class.

Hasan Rucker teaches ancient, contemporary, and traditional Holistic energy based movement art forms through systematic, progressive, and profound training methods. Hasan is a lover of life, movement, health, spirituality, knowledge and mysticism. He seeks to utilize his aspirations to advance human culture and well-being, through the use of mind, body, and spirit expansion techniques. Since his early days interning with art department and physical education teachers in High School, Hasan’s desire to find the links between mind, body, spirit, and energy has led him upon a path of discovery. This Quest particularly led him to the mind, body, spirit arts of China, in the form of Wushu Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Meditation. While In China Hasan learned esoteric and modern practices centered upon the balance of Yin and Yang. Due to China’s unique history of the Shaolin Temple being so intimately related with India, helped direct Hasan’s mind into the world of Yogic knowledge, Buddhism, and sutra. Hasan immediately developed a connection with Bodhidharma and his Spiritual quests from India to China. Upon returning home, Hasan entered into a disciple program of the “Self Realization fellowship,” of Paramahansa Yogananda to further his experience of the Yogic Kriya, Philosophy, and Physiology systems. While using his Kinesiology degree in Exercise Physiology, he began to form a unique synchronicity of all the wonderful biorhythms unlocked while practicing these wonderful systems coherently. Truly their efficacy went far beyond titles, names, and country borders. From daily astute Practice of these Holistic Systems, Hasan engendered an ethos predicated upon nurturing the ideal that the human potential is limitless and available to all mankind. Today, Hasan by day works as a “Holistic Health and Wellness ” Supervisor at "Girard Medical Center ,” and works with a team of Dance Movement therapists, Art therapists, and Music Therapists to help Philadelphia’s Populations in need of Health assistance.


11am Friday Mornings
with Michael Bailey, Cool Breeze Meditation

11:00 am to Noon on Fridays
$10 | $5 Students + Seniors
All Participants can enjoy 10% Off The Cedars House food & beverages!

A profound hour of “Relaxing With Presence,” effortless meditation open to everyone. Facilitator Michael Bailey says:

“I share the heart of the ancient Enlightenment Traditions in a fresh and immediate way. With no pressure and no rules, the Session atmosphere is relaxed, comfortable, friendly, supportive, lighthearted yet profound. This is experiential, not instructional. Together, we rest in our natural state — the ultimate medicine.”

Michael is currently working with Peter Fenner, Ph.D., a leading spiritual teacher in the modern adaptation and transmission of Asian enlightened wisdom worldwide, and author of Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness. Michael and Peter are collaborating on Paintings In The Sky, a feature-length Contemplative Documentary film which not only describes but reveals the essence of enlightenment. Michael completed Peter's Natural Awakening Training for teachers and therapists, and also studied Japanese Rinzai Zen under Dr. Richard DeMartino, Masao Abe, Jeff Shore, and Roshi Keido Fukushima.


Meditation for Moms

9:30am to 10:30am on Fridays
$10 | $5 Grandmothers + Moms Attending School
All Participants can enjoy 10% Off The Cedars House food & beverages!

This is a special time, "For Moms Only" to deeply relax and recharge. A refreshing “Spa for the Soul,” where we take a break from the busyness to be as we are with each other, without needing 'to do' anything!

Restorative Yoga

11am Sunday Mornings
with Velma Weitz

11:00 am to Noon on Sundays
$12 | $10 Students + Seniors
All Participants can enjoy 10% Off The Cedars House food & beverages!

Engage in Restorative Yoga, hosted by Velma Weitz and enhanced with pure essential oils. This relaxing contemplative form of yoga relaxes the body by supporting the body in poses lasting 5 minutes. Restorative yoga is designed to decrease stress, accumulated muscle tension and reform habitual ways of moving through stretching muscles and connective tissue. 

Your body is actively supported with props and pillows to decrease stress and maximize relaxation. Participants will need to bring an assortment of up to five small pillows, blankets and towels to use as props during the session, or purchase everything you need and carrying case with our restorative yoga sets.

"Most people think of restorative yoga as a relaxing practice—a respite when you’re tired, injured, or you simply want to chill out.
And while that may be true, restorative yoga is also an advanced practice that requires a tremendous amount of dedication, patience, skill, courage, and compassion. It can be a deeply transformative path toward self-awareness, insight, and emotional and spiritual growth. While the practice presents a way to fast-track calming your nervous system—thanks to supported resting postures designed to be held for long periods of time—it can be hard to shed the racing thoughts and tension that most of us carry throughout the day. In fact, restorative yoga is closer to a meditation practice than a movement practice. It challenges us to slow down, relax, and be with ourselves.
With each breath we take during restorative yoga, we consciously unwind. This creates an opportunity to release deep tension, which leads to for ease in our bodies and minds and even helps us notice the ways in which we keep working and doing, physically and mentally—even when it’s not necessary."

Velma Weitz is certified to teach Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga through Yoga Alliance and is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her passion is helping people take small steps that can transform their health and livelihood. Velma holds a DrNP from Drexel University and a MSN from the UPenn. She is currently working on her PhD at Drexel University, studying the use of yoga to decrease stress in breast cancer patients.


Restorative yoga participants receive an individualized coupon code for 30% off one of our yoga kits. When you register through Eventbrite, you will receive the code by email.

Codes will be redeemable throughout the month of April.