The only constant in life is change.

3/22 UPDATE: In-person classes are postponed at The Yoga Garden until further notice. Please check out free offerings on Facebook & Instagram, as well as the growing number of options on The Yoga Garden webpage!

Being a Taurus (sun) & Virgo (moon), change is not my strong suit. I thrive on order & routine. On knowing the sun comes up here at this time & the moon phases come & go predictably. On the idea (however misguided) that I have a plan.

Friends, I have no plan. Some of you thrive in these times, & for that I am grateful. You bolster those of us who struggle with anxiety, uncertainty or otherwise don’t appreciate massive change.

& maybe this is the point – that we bolster each other during this uncertain time of a global pandemic. Maybe this is our Yoga right now – which means “union” & connectedness – to realize in no uncertain terms that we are interconnected & directly affect each other’s well-being.

Many of you receiving this email, we’ve practiced on our mats together for several years. What changes now?

I don’t have a plan … yet. The Taurus/Virgo in me is working on one tho ;).

I am committed to healthy community, & believe Yoga tenets guide us during this time. As we’ve been studying in group classes — Ahimsa, non-harming, teaches us to do the least harm possible to ourselves, others & our environment. Satya, truthfulness, teaches us to see clearly the Truth before us, without fear & also without complacency. I “may’ be considered part of a low-risk group for this novel virus, yet if protecting my grandmother, your patients/clients, your compromised family members, & YOU requires temporary “social distancing,” then so be it.

For now, I’ve chosen to follow the lead of my own beloved teachers at The Himalayan Institute, who’ve chosen to temporarily close centers worldwide temporarily. You can check out their statements here here. I’ve also taken guidance from Penn State & Penn State Extension, where I also work, & their protocols which are being updated almost hourly.


I will keep you updated on if this date is extended.

I am so grateful for each of you who have chosen to practice with me – whether one time or 100 times. Yoga will be here for us throughout … I’ll be offering some ideas from my teachers & from my own practices as the days progress =).

Here are some things I’m doing when I’m not on the mat & practicing “social distancing” —

– Taking walks with my husband (unfortunately, Baxter is on limited activity still, so no doggie walks yet) — we were gifted with sighting TWO gorgeous bluebirds on the Sheepskin Trail yesterday!!
– Sleeping extra, taking epsom salt baths at night, sipping warm water / teas — all of which are FANTASTIC for the immune & nervous systems.
– Connecting with my teachers’ teachings — including those of Rod StrykerLuvena RangelShari Friedrichsen, & more. & I’ll say here not super sweat-inducing practices, which have their place, but rather grounding/comforting practices (whether strong or gentle) with extra relaxation.
– Meditation & Journaling — this is a great time to log minutes with the Year Long Meditation project at Himalayan Institute! A project to change the world.
– Hugging on my doggies Baxter & Tortilla — enough said.
– Staying informed without going down the rabbit hole — this one has been difficult for me, bc my mind craves a good rabbit hole 😉 … yet that triggers anxiety … still working on this one.
– Looking at the # of books I have to read & online yoga study courses I have to complete — making a plan.
– Cleaning house & organizing my sh** — I’ll admit I’m still putting this one off …

What are you doing to keep your energy balanced & soothe your systems? Remember, it’s not just about you — your well-being is needed for you, yes, AND … your well-being is needed to support us all in healing & strengthening our communities.

Group asana will wait for you. Our Yoga practice is here & now, I think, in practicing Ahimsa – with ourselves, others, & the planet.

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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