Over the past year I’ve been teaching chair yoga for the Philly School District, through a grant for the early childhood education Headstart Program. It has taken me into the communities of Southwest Philly to North Philly. The classes are sweet, as a teacher often challenging, some days, like today, no one shows. This work is some of the most rewarding work I’ve done. I believe in the possibilities of greatness, and that even a little bit of this practice can shelter you from great sorrow.

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Moon Glow Flow: Moon Salutations and Yin Yoga

photo by elliot polinsky.

Lately I have been asking myself: what would it be like to let go of the need to be somebody and instead open up to simply being?

As these new sparks of change make their way through my synapses, I am humbled to be leading Moon Glow Flow: A Moon Salutations and Yin Yoga workshop. This is a practice of being with the big questions without actually having to ask them, and instead, simply feeling, breathing, and yes, being.

Please glow with me:

December 12th, 12-3 p.m. Wake Up Yoga South

December 19th, 2-5 p.m. Pacific Yoga Philly

As I wrap up another Brand New Beginner’s Series (Level 2), I am reminded of the importance of the beginner’s mind: to stay curious and to always be learning.

The next Level 1 Series begins 9/8 and runs until 10/27: Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Wake Up Yoga Fairmount.

Register here.

“Yoga = 99% practice, 1% theory

Practice = 99% failure, 1% success

therefore

unceasing curiosity wins the day

sustained enthusiasm is a great boon

be happy with the tiniest of gains.”

-David Garrigues, Philadelphia based Ashtanga teacher

Yoga with Laura Edoff

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Messenger

My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird —

equal seekers of sweetness.

Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?

Let me keep my mind on what matters,

which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be

astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium.

The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.

Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart

and these body-clothes,

a mouth with which to give shouts of joy

to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,

telling them all, over and over, how it is

that we live forever.

-Mary Oliver

Early Registration Ends Today!

Spring Thaw: A Yin and Vinyasa Workshop

April 25, 2015. 12:00-3:00 p.m. Wake Up Yoga Fairmount.

Now that Spring is in full effect, melt away the last layers of cold and make space for growth. This hip and heart opening focused workshop will begin with a well-constructed yin yoga practice designed to relieve stiff joints and tight muscles. Following the deep opening, we’ll flow through a vinyasa practice, warming the body from the inside out. We’ll start slow and steady and build up to peak hip and heart opening, before grounding back down and settling into a cozy savasana. The space we’ll create in the hips and heart center will clear out any stagnation and chill still lingering from the winter, so that we may fully embrace all of the blooming possibilities for growth and change this Spring season.

Register Here.

Upcoming Series:

Begin where you are: at the beginning!

While there is nothing quite like the energy of leading an open-levels class, teaching those new to the practice of yoga holds a HUGE place in my heart. One of the reasons I love teaching beginners is that they continue to always teach ME. Together we learn and together we practice. Starting the first week of March, I will be leading two different series geared towards beginners. Whether you have never stepped on a yoga mat, or have been taking classes for some time, and are interested in diving a bit deeper into the specifics of each pose, I have an offering for you:

*Brand New Beginners Level One: 8 Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. March 3rd-April 21st. Wake Up Yoga Fairmount. Register Here.

*Brand New Beginners Level Two: 6 Sunday afternoons from 12:00-1:30 p.m. March 1st-April 19th (no class on 3/15 or 4/5). Wake Up Yoga Fairmount. Register Here.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann