Yoga in the Gardens FAQ

What changes are you making during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Class sizes are currently limited to ensure that there is at least six feet between each participant.  
  • Registration must be completed in advance online. Drop-ins will not be allowed during the 2021 season.  
  • Guests are required to wear a face mask to check in. 

Please do not come to class if you are not feeling well, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have recently had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case. 

Who teaches each yoga class? 
Class is taught by instructors from Citizen Yoga who have completed their 200-hour RYT, a Yoga Alliance-certified program. Yoga instructors may change from class to class.  

What type of yoga class do you offer? 
Classes are Citizen Yoga’s Citizen Standard unless noted otherwise. Citizen Standard is a class that educates on all the essentials to ensure a safe, aligned yoga practice. This is a perfectly balanced class for both the seasoned and newer practitioner. In the class, you will learn about breath, foot placement, standing poses, rotation of the legs, health of the pelvis, and foundational elements of the practice. It is a great experience, as well as, educational resource. Instructors may adjust the practice based on the experience level of the participants at each class. 

What should I bring to class? 
Participants should bring a face mask, their own yoga mat/towel (grass may be damp, consider bringing an extra towel), and a water bottle.  

Athletic attire is recommended. 

Do I need to sign a waiver?
By registering for Yoga in the Gardens, you agree to the terms of the waiver and photo release statement below.

Where will class take place? 
Class will take place outside at Cranbrook Gardens. For the 2021 season, classes are scheduled to take place by the Reflecting Pool. This is a sunny expanse of lawn complemented by two water features and beautiful flower beds on the west side of Cranbrook House. Please note that terrain may be uneven. 

Click here for an estate map.

Where are you located and is there parking? 
Cranbrook House & Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Parking is available onsite and on Lone Pine Road. 

Click here for a map and driving directions.

Are there restrooms available? 
Yes. Restrooms are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm and are located at the Gatehouse Welcome Center at our main entrance off of Lone Pine Road. 

What happens if it rains? 
We may cancel the class if there is a high probability of inclement weather forecasted during or before each session. If we decide to cancel a class, participants will be notified by email (please add efranchy@cranbrook.edu and houseandgardens@cranbrook.edu to your contact lists) and an alert will be placed on our website. In most cases, participants will be contacted at least an hour before class begins.

What is your refund policy? 
If a class is canceled by Cranbrook due to inclement weather or other reasons, participants will receive a credit for a free class that can be redeemed at a later date at Citizen Yoga's Bloomfield Hills studio. Classes are otherwise non-refundable.  

Effective June 29, 2021, registered guests will receive a full refund if class is canceled by Cranbrook due to inclement weather or other reasons.

Waiver Statement
By registering online for Yoga in the Gardens, I hereby agree to attend and participate in the Yoga in the Gardens program held at Cranbrook House & Gardens located at 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304. In consideration of the Participant attending the program instructed by Citizen Yoga Studio, I agree to the following: 

I hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Cranbrook Educational Community, Citizen Yoga Studio, their affiliates, officers, directors, employees, shareholders, members, representatives, attorneys, successors and assigns, or other participants (collectively, "Releasees") from all liability to me, the Participant, Participant's heirs, executors, representatives, successors and assigns for any and all loss or damage, and any claim or demands thereof on account of injury to the person or property of, or resulting in death of, the Participant, while the Participant attends the Yoga Sessions and any activities incidental thereto and whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise. 

I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any loss, liability, damage, or cost of any and all kind they may incur due to the participation of the Participant in the program and any activities incidental thereto, whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise. 

I acknowledge, understand, and assume all risks of the Participant and any activities incidental thereto which can result in great bodily harm or death, disability, paralysis, and/or other damage even under well-controlled circumstances. I have full knowledge of these risks despite the existence of rules, regulations, equipment and discipline. I accept all these risks and any risks or dangers not known or which are not reasonably foreseeable, and I will not hold responsible Releasees for injuries or damages resulting from the Participant's participation in these activities, wherever or however they occur. 

Coronavirus/COVID-19: The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person related contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing. Cranbrook Educational Community and Citizen Yoga Studio have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, they cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19 when participating in the Yoga in the Gardens sessions held at Cranbrook House & Gardens. Furthermore, engaging in the yoga sessions could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. 

By submitting this online Agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that me and my child(ren) (if applicable), may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by engaging in Citizen Yoga Studio-led Yoga in the Gardens session held at Cranbrook House & Gardens and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself or my child(ren) if applicable, (including, but not limited to, personal injuries, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s participation in any Citizen Yoga Studio-led Yoga in the Gardens sessions held at Cranbrook House & Gardens. On my behalf, and on behalf of my child(ren), I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Cranbrook Educational Community & Citizen Yoga Studio, their owner, members, employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the claims related to COVID-19, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to the virus. I understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Cranbrook Educational Community, Citizen Yoga Studio, their owner, members, employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Citizen Yoga-led Yoga in the Gardens sessions held at Cranbrook House and Gardens as a Participant. 

Photo Release Statement
The undersigned do hereby give Cranbrook Educational Community, its assigns, licensees and legal representatives the irrevocable right to use their name (or fictional name), picture, portrait, or photograph in all forms and media and in all manners, including composite or distorted representation, for advertising, trade or any other lawful purpose, and waive any rights to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy, that may be created in connection therewith.