June, Flow, Milestones

It’s been one year since some of our Love Yoga community moved to the The Ave. Thank you for sharing your practice with me there, at The Yoga Garden, St. Peter’s and/or in community spaces. I’m so grateful for each of you, & that you invite friends, colleagues & family to share practice with us. There’s no exclusive club in Yoga. All are welcome, & we adjust our practice to include each other! The more people practicing yoga on & off their mats = a better world.

As you know, I’ve started a new adventure! Recently, I accepted a part-time position with Penn State Extension as Fayette County 4-H Program Assistant. I’ll be supporting the various clubs & their important youth development work, along with going into the schools to provide ag literacy & STEM-based programming.

Here’s what happened this week:

These young men from the Fayette County 4-H Lamb Club demonstrated & taught younger 4-H members how to be show their lambs at the County Fair.


Giving my lamb show-womanship skills a try.
Pretty cool, huh? (I look cool bc Brandon, the young man training me, is holding the lead 😂😂😂)

Last week I got to reunite with my 3rd graders at Lafayette … Shared a book & lesson on honeybees & pollination:

See the eggs, larvae, capped cells & adults? All the growth stages!
Honey ready for extraction 😁

I have a LOT to learn & re-learn with this position … which is both exciting & overwhelming. My personality wants to know NOW, get it right NOW, & do the job NOW.


Well, it might be my upbringing. Maybe you relate — your parents / grandparents worked hard & expected you to do the same. Not a bad thing, a healthy work ethic.

I also think that our culture has sped up to ridiculous speed, & expects us to keep up. How many of us have relied on caffeine to push our bodies/ minds further, alarm clocks to keep us ahead of constant appointments, or pushing the gas pedal just a little harder to get there faster?

I know I have, & still do rely on “hacks” to keep up.

And yet …

One of my favorite teachers, Rod Stryker, continues to challenge my ingrained compulsion to keep up, go faster, do more. Having practiced yoga nidra for almost 2 years now, I can attest to the exhilaration, the rejuvenation, & the urgency of slowing down. While I gain much from asana (postures), the depths of meditation & yoga nidra have offered rich ground for renewal & exploration.

How are you slowing down in an age of speed & distraction? Let your practices be your manifesto for life. A few thoughts come to my mind as I ask you this question & give us all that challenge:

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

“Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience.”

I hope you’ll join me in classes or schedule a private lesson for yourself and/or friends. This summer my classes guide us (I teach what I need to practice!) toward slowing down amidst our efforts & hard work — both in class & off the mat. I look forward to practicing with you!

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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