april news roots philly yoga

From nothing, comes something. An invisible drive, an energetic force, the hands of God, the hands of destiny. Maybe that is what carried us to this point? Roots Philly Yoga is a growing community. With each breath we take, and each time we take practice we build momentum. This once forgotten neighborhood at 10th and Buttonwood Streets is the recipient of a little more life, a little more vitality, thanks to you. Before moving in, the very building in which we currently occupy was vacant, storing onions, no -- literally, from top to bottom - onions!! The architects called our little home "The Onion Building." This transformation is not the credit of one, but of many. And the work continues. As I continually revisit and contemplate my purpose for being here, I realize my duty is not to only further my own yogic path, but to also afford others the same opportunity. As spring blooms you will notice our recent teacher training graduates holding space and sharing yoga with you. I ask for your to continue to support them by taking class and being a willing student. Just as hospitals are considered teaching hospitals, we at Roots are a teaching community. Our philosophy is to learn by doing. Our spring social calendar is buzzing with activity. I cannot encourage you enough to use a keen eye in scrolling through all the events we have planned. As overseer of this community, I hold our teachers and our offerings to the highest of standards. The teachers are phenomenal. And the offerings, if received with an open mind, carry the potential to shift your relationship with the life you’re living -- for the better. If we stay stagnant, our community will not sustain itself far into the future. We must continue to grow, and invest -- our time and energy into Roots, into this neighborhood. The end result may certainly be something greater than any of us have already imagine. For ourselves the return should be a healthy mind, body and spirit - preparing us to confront the daily challenges of our lives. I hope to see you in and around the studio, and our neighborhood as we continue to plant our roots a little deeper into this corner of Philadelphia.

with joy,

Erik Burling

Candlelight Yoga & Dinner at Sazon

Sunday, April 29

Please join us in this very special pairing ~ Chandler's signature Sunday night candlelit yoga class & a family-style vegetarian dinner at Sazon. All are welcome to partake in this night of sacred practice & community. The cost is $50 for class + dinner, unless you already have a class pass than dinner is $35 which includes your meal, tax, tip and wine.

You may also join us just for dinner. E-mail Chandler with any questions! jadecatinquiries@gmail.com.

RSVP & payment requested no later than 4/25.

Class 5:30-6:45pm, followed by dinner at Sazon (corner of 10th & Spring Garden Streets)

mindfulness in each moment - 8 week series

Begins Sunday, April 29


The practice of Mindfulness meditation enables us to recognize, connect with, and draw upon the natural peace, clarity, freedom, and strength that are available in each moment of our life.

Extensive studies have shown that practicing mindfulness benefits to one’s health and well-being in a number of ways, including: reducing stress, boosting the immune system, cultivating a greater sense of connection with one’s self and one’s loved ones, improving sleep, decreasing anxiety, and improving focus and concentration. The list goes on. Yet while there are countless opportunities to be introduced to Mindfulness meditation, meaningful and lasting change can only occur when the practice is integrated into one’s life.

Join Brandon R. Everett for this transformative eight-week course exploring practices and techniques for finding and integrating Mindfulness.

What people are saying about this course:

"This course allowed me to examine the "whys" of my stress and anxiety in a safe space. I never felt judged..."
"One of the best things I have ever done for myself. The scientific explanations made meditation 'real' to me. The sense of community was inspiring. I learned how to be still and through the practice found my entire life changed. I am finally content."
"I have been meditating for awhile, but this course brought it all together."

This course is ideal for anyone looking to begin a Mindfulness meditation practice or to deepen an already established practice.

Thai Massage Workshop

with Robina Winkler

Saturday, May 12 12:30-3:00pm

​In this two 1/2 hour workshop we will explore the ancient healing modality of Thai Massage. Learn the art of helping your partner relax by incorporating stretching, compression, and energy healing techniques. By working along energetic pathways or Sen lines in the body we help to relieve both physical and energetic tension. This style of massage is done fully clothed on the floor so please be appropriately dressed in yoga/athletic attire. Students will leave with the knowledge of how to give a short but sweet full body massage!

Perfect for couples, but bringing a partner is not required! Come alone, with a friend, or a significant other and experience first hand both giving and receiving thai massage.

May book club

Join us Saturday, May 19

11:15am; light snacks & community time

our may book club pick

New classes!

Mondays at 4:30pm with Robina

$10 Community Wednesdays at 6:15pm with Lauren M.

$10 Rise & Flow Fridays 6:15am with Bill


We are collecting toiletries for the month of April & May to benefit Our Brothers Place, Bethesda Project:

  • toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • soap
  • razors
  • shaving cream
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • men’s socks (new, unopened packages)
  • men’s underwear (new, unopened packages)
  • gift cards to Wawa, Walgreens, CVS, Dunkin Donuts ($5-$25)


Join us on Thursday, 4/19 at Love City Brewery after the evening classes to welcome our newest neighbor to the Spring Arts District

We will also be hanging out at Prohibition Taproom for yogi Happy Hour on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm

Acupuncture fyi

Dawn is on hiatus to hike the Arizona Trail. This 800 mile trail hike is to raise awareness for No Mas Muertes, a humanitarian organization. Their mission is to end death and suffering in the Mexico-US borderlands through civil initiative. Community clinic and privates will resume on May 5.

Teacher Training begins September 2018.

Listen in to Erik's recent discussion on the Mind/Body/BREATH connection with fellow Philadelphia area teachers

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