Yoga in the Garden: “I Sing the Body Electric” Yoga and Walt Whitman

Date / Time

  • May 22, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 29, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • June 5, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Admission is $25 per session. Members receive exclusive discounts on our programs and courses. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society on March 7, for Rosenbach members on March 14, and for the general public on March 21.

The session on May 15th is now sold out.

The session on May 22nd is now sold out.

Register for May 29 Session

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Join us for a yoga series where we will dive into Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the poetry collection he spent forty years of his life writing, rewriting, and expanding. We will return, like Whitman did, to the same key themes each session, expanding our understanding of Leaves of Grass as we deepen our connection to ourselves. Some sessions will begin with up-close-and-personal interactions with editions of Leaves of Grass from the Rosenbach collection and learning about their context before beginning a 60-minute gentle yoga session in the garden, weather permitting. Instructor Liza Seltzer will guide participants through a practice that interweaves poetry recitation with meditative reflection for a truly unique experience that blends body, mind and spirit.

About the Instructor

Liza Seltzer is a Rosenbach Board Member and RYT500 with certifications in Vinyasa, Kripalu, Yin, Chair and Restorative Yoga.


I’m curious about the class but haven’t done yoga before. Is that ok? Yes—this class will be accessible for everyone. The poses will be offered with plenty of cues and options for adapting.

What happens if it rains or is too cold to comfortably to hold the class outside? We’ll simply move inside—there is a room reserved for us for this purpose, to avoid the need to reschedule.

What should I wear, and what do I need to bring to class? Please wear clothes you can comfortably move in. If you don’t have yoga pants, sweatpants, footless tights or shorts are fine. It’s a good idea to wear layers, so that you can add or subtract as needed as you warm up and cool down during your practice. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and if you have blocks and/or a beach towel (or yoga blanket) those props will come in handy. The instructor will have some extra mats and props available, so feel free to borrow rather than buy if you prefer. Last but not least, it’s a good idea to bring some water with you.

Do I need to do anything else to prepare for class? Yes—we will need to collect a signed waiver from you. The waiver is found on the last page of this syllabus; you can print and sign it and bring it to your first class, or we will have blank forms at the first class that you can sign when you arrive.

Anything else? You may wish to read the poems in advance, but this is not required! We’ll be reading and meditating on them as part of each class.