Fall back to your Roots October & november events

Today is such a beautiful Fall Day, we are really feeling the September vibes!!

We wanted to take a moment to share with you some information about our upcoming programs at the studio. We have some incredible guest teachers lined up to teach in the coming weeks and we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to expand your practice. In addition, we will be having a Fall Community outing on Saturday, October 13 at Treetop Quest, with a pizza dinner to follow at Shelley's house (email Shelley for address shelley@rootsphillyyoga.com). Please follow the link below to register for the outing. Price includes the 2.5 hour ropes course and food.

Last weekend we started our annual teacher training and are so thrilled to have seven teachers-in-training studying with us this year. We are sure you will get to know them in the coming months and be a support for them in their journey!

We also want to make a few housekeeping reminders:

  • Doors are locked at the start of each class for the safety of everyone's valuables. If you are late to class, you may ring the buzzer (please only ring once) and someone will let you in.
  • If you will be more than five minutes late to class, consider dropping in to the next scheduled class time.
  • Turn your phone off when you arrive, give yourself an electronic and social media "time-out"
  • Be aware of your volume as sound carries and massage clients may be in-session in the lower studio.

We truly view the yoga studio as a sanctuary and invite you to do the same on each visit you make to take practice. We bow to the light in each of you and truly are grateful for your presence in our lives.

Erik & Lauren

lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.

Mindfulness Meditation Programs with Brandon Everett

Calm Body, Clear Mind

Upcoming Sundays 10/7, 10/21, 11/4 from 9:00-10:15am ($10 drop-ins)

True peace of mind isn’t something you can buy or accumulate, but it is something you can learn to recognize and connect with from moment to moment. Mindfulness meditation, the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment and then sustaining that attention, has been proven to support a number of benefits, including reduced stress, greater focus, better sleep, and a general sense of connection, meaning, and deep well-being. During this four-class series Brandon R. Everett will share foundational mindfulness meditation practices for connecting with breath and body along with key concepts for establishing and deepening a meditation practice.

All classes will be recorded and the audio made available for streaming/download to attendees.

Occult Things

A Weekend Witchcraft Intensive

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27

​Investment: $20 for Friday, $90 for Saturday or $100 for both days

Early Bird pricing: $85 for both workshops before October 18

Sylva Sylvarum presents a 2-day weekend intensive on all things witchy just in time for Halloween! Occult Things is a NYC based traveling workshop that provides a general overview of different methods for spellworking. Topics include casting a circle, altar tools, intention setting, energy balancing, herbalism, candle crafting, and everyday rituals for wellness. Students will leave with a comprehensive working knowledge of spellcrafting. All supplies are provided and each student will depart with a completed smudge stick for cleansing and a Solar Blast 7-day pullout candle.

Corey Sokoloff is a Certified Pranic Healer, Arhatic Yogi, 200HR CYT, and accomplished drummer. He uses yogic philosophy and eastern medicine to help achieve inner peace and physical well-being. Corey is deeply passionate about helping others do the same. In 2008 Corey began his training in art and science of Pranic Healing. This training included the Basic, Advanced, and Pranic Psychotherapy courses. Today, Coreyʻs practice flourishes as a teacher and practitioner, here in the states and internationally. His love for sacred music and Bhakti Yoga brought him to perform with David Newman, Jai Uttal, Kirtan Soul Revival, Brenda McMorrow, and many more. Corey shares his wisdom on energy anatomy, meditation, yoga, and self realization both one-on-one, and remotely across the country as well as abroad.

Are there more than seven Chakras? What are their roles in the process of Yoga?

Join us on Saturday, November 3 from 12:30-3:30pm to find out!

This experiential class is designed to expand upon the students knowledge of the chakras, their functions, and the process of yoga. Topics covered:

  • The expanded chakra system and their functions (Physiological, Psychological, Spiritual)
  • Levels of Truth
  • Energy Scanning: learn how to scan energy effectively + the effects of right thought, right speech and right action (Yamas & Niyamas) on the chakra system.
  • Simple exercises to cleanse and energize the chakras
  • Guided meditation on the chakras

Students can expect a greater understanding into the process of yoga, the chakras, and how “Right Action” is directly correlated. Participants have stated that the positive effects of this workshop lasted for days and weeks, providing much clarity into their lives and spiritual practices.

Welcome to your personal retreat.

Led by Lauren Burling

Fall is such an important time for introspection. So much of our energy and time will be directed outwards in the months leading up to the Holidays, and I want to invite you to first take some time to focus on yourself, your needs, and making sure that your cup is full.

I have created a personal retreat where you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home (except to take practice). While this retreat will be an individual journey, you will have others participating alongside you for support.

This retreat is designed to purify, cleanse, and recharge you. It will include one group session before the retreat officially begins, two group restorative yoga classes, and one morning of meditation in our local Fairmount Park.

It will also include a 14-day detox cleanse, which is 100% plant based, made of super foods, organic, non-gmo ingredients. You will receive all of the supplies you need shipped to your doorstep for our 14 days together and beyond. A detox cleanse is a period of time where you specifically eliminate certain foods from your repertoire that may be carrying harmful toxins, and instead flood your body with highly nutritious food and supplements as a way of clearing out any pollutants that are sitting dormant in our bodies.

A few benefits of detox cleansing include:

  • Clearer skin
  • Hormonal balance
  • Feeling more energized
  • Decrease fatigue and "mind fog"
  • Reduced sugar cravings and the 3pm hangover
  • Balanced pH levels

The investment includes all detox materials mailed to your home (including a Power Shake that you will drink twice a day, and all of your supplements for 14 days and beyond), general food guidelines, access to our Facebook group for all those committing to this retreat, the yoga classes and support throughout, and copies of Matteo Pistono’s meditation book “Coming to Know Your Mind" which we will read together throughout the cleanse. You will NOT be hungry during the detox cleanse throughout this retreat, trust me! We will enjoy “lifestyle meals” for lunch or dinner from certain categories of organic food. You will be able to eat as much as you need to feel satisfied throughout the 14 days. More information will be provided upon registration and many meal and recipe ideas will be shared!

This program is the first of its kind in Philadelphia and at our studio. I am so excited to take this journey with you. For more details and to register visit the link below. For specific questions about whether this retreat is the right fit for you, e-mail Lauren at laurburling@gmail.com.

Early bird pricing ends October 10 ($265)

Gabrielle Sigal began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1996 with senior teacher Joan White while she was studying for her BFA in dance. She found that while it helped maintain her strength and flexibility, the real healing was with her anxiety around performing and stage fright. Since then, yoga has been a refuge for her to turn to for all of life's ups and downs. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Junior Int. 1 level, and continues to study with senior teachers in Philly, Bethlehem and New York. She will be going to the source of Iyengar Yoga in Pune July 2019. She continues to find teaching and practicing at once inspiring, exhilarating and challenging. She loves to share this profoundly transformative yoga with others.

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga

with Certified Iyengar teacher Gabrielle Sigal

Saturday, November 17, 12:30-3:00pm

Gabrielle will be teaching a well rounded workshop that will include standing poses, seated poses, twists, backbends and inversions. Students with any serious injuries should speak to her before class. This workshop is appropriate for all students with at least six months yoga experience. In this workshop you will:

  • Receive precise instructions
  • Learn foundational movements that carry you through basic and intermediate poses
  • Get personal adjustments or recommendations
  • Have fun and be challenged
Introducing new classes at the Studio!

Candlelight Vinyasa with Katie Azzara

Sundays 6:00-7:15pm

Community $12 cash drop-ins or use your regular pass

Katie Azzara took her first yoga class in 2012, and has been a dedicated yogi ever since. When she began practicing at Roots, she was immediately drawn to the positivity and authenticity characteristic of the Roots community. Following the completion of her 200-hour teacher training in February 2018, she began a daily Mysore practice to more deeply explore the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. In her day job as a speech-language pathologist for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities, Katie finds that the principles learned and refined on the yoga mat help her to cultivate patience and gratitude. She loves the way the yoga practice enables her to be constantly learning, evolving, and seeking balance.

Core & Restore

with Anna Kessler, Mondays 7:00-8:15pm

Core & Restore: Strike a balance between effort and ease, between will and acceptance. In Core & Restore, you will spend approximately 45 minutes engaging in both dynamic and static movement to build strength and awareness of your core, from your deep abdominals to your knees and shoulders. By integrating strength work with traditional yoga asana and pranayama, you will learn to use your core more efficiently and effectively, ultimately improving your stability, balance, postural alignment, and breathing capacity. Following your hard work, you will transition slowly into a 30-minute restorative practice, utilizing props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to ensure deep support and complete comfort. This second part of class eases the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to relieve stress and nourish the body.

Community All Levels Class

with Caroline Chen, Saturdays 3:00-4:15pm

This is a flowing vinyasa class designed to suit many levels of students. This class is informed by the hatha yoga system and will include sun salutations, standing and seated postures, backbends and closing postures with attention on alignment & integration. The room is heated to a comfortable temperature. $12 Cash Drop-ins or use your regular pass.


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