Know Your Garden

Holy Rain & Thunderstorms, Batman! Last week was a doozy … Baxter & Tortilla, our furry family members, were none-too-pleased with the pop-up storms day & night.


That said, last year at this time we were scrambling for water at the Lafayette School Garden, a project I’ve been honored to be part of for 2 years now. Our collection tanks were bone-dry. This year, July has been a banner month for water collection =). The bush beans are in full production, we harvested 15 heads of garlic last week (our first experiment with this crop), & the leeks & herbs are flourishing.


Where’s Your Water?

What’s yoga got to do with water & gardening? Well, I think about what nourishes me — like water to a garden, my yoga practices (not just asana, but also breathwork, meditation, food choices, sleep, relationships, etc.) nourish me & help me grow in body, mind & spirit. What nourishes you? Where’s your water?

How’s your garden growing this year? Whether your veggie garden, or your yoga garden …  I’d love to read your comments & see your photos.


Summer Garden Open House

YOU’RE INVITED, Yogis! Come & see what’s growing at our Garden Open House this week — Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 – 8:30pm. The garden is located behind Lafayette School on 300 Connellsville Street in Uniontown, PA. All are welcome!


YOGA — Come out & try a garden yoga practice with Kristin, founder of Love Yoga Studio. We at Love Yoga provide you with a community of practice for body, mind & spirit … in the studio & in the garden! (Mats are provided =) )


FOOD — Try food creations from Chef Joe Carei — local chef, UHS track coach & dedicated to our local community — featuring veggies & herbs growing in the garden! You might just walk away with a garlic bulb from our very first garlic harvest!


COMMUNITY — Local community organizations featured include: Fayette County Community Action Agency, Fayette County “Power Up!” Nutrition & Exercise Education Program, Canine Partners for Life, & the Wilderness Experience, Leadership & Service (WELS) Program. Don’t forget to let your kiddos take a book from the Little Free Library =).


ART — You’ll meet Lafayette’s 2017-2018 “Artist-in-Residence” Diane Adams – who will be guiding students in a murals project in the garden. Her work is extraordinary, & we can’t wait to see what she & the students create together.


Know Your Garden

I invite us all to get to know our local gardens this summer … whether in your backyard or in our community. In addition, consider what nourishes your “garden” — your body, mind & spirit. When you’re well-nourished inside & out, you can take your practice off the yoga mat & nourish others.


Here’s to growth on & off the mat, Erica


Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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