September 30, 2016
May 28, 2016
Dear Month of May,
You are rainy but I love to walk with you.
Especially at night.
I walked round the corner, passed the house that has all the kid toys,
to the Lily of The Valley by the curb, under the sappy pine tree.
I bent down, took a deep breath and smelled the sweetest spring
air, the way my mother smelled when she went out to parties when I was a kid.
Pear, ylang-ylang, and Tuber Rose.
Only this is Lily of the Valley. The deepest spring greens and bells of white blossoms.
If I knew your addresses, I’d send a bunch.
Here they are in watercolor. No bigger than a Stoned Wheat Cracker.
Tonight is the last Saturday in May.
It’s time to eat popcorn under the weeping cherry and watch the sunset over the neighbors roof.
Lavender and peonies blooming.
I love you May.
May 28, 2016
Things I want to remember while leading 2,200 people in yoga on the Art Museum Steps for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Reach & Raise:
1. Joy is contagious. I’m inventing a new word: JOYtagious.
2. Doing yoga in a Patagonia jacket, with 15 knot winds, on a 50 degree day in May is fun.
3. 15 years goes by fast! What are you most proud of accomplishing? Live your dreams. Now.
5. Standing below Yvette Om singing,”I give my love to you…” I thought, That sums it up.
6. Long lines of arm-in-arm tree pose and chanting, “I am living my dreams.”
7. Mothers, daughters and soul sisters together like pandas in happy baby pose.
7. The sun coming through and waving to Lu Ann Cahn, Jean Sachs, Sandra Martin, Kevin Giordano, Yvette’s family, Jonathan, students and friends = meaning and beauty.
8. Knowing that everything I set as an intention did come true.
9. The Philadelphia sky line has changed, and so has my face and body.
10 My dream: To write a book about beauty and aging and illustrate it with watercolors.
After class, an assistant yoga instructor said to me, “The woman I partnered with said her dream was to be alive in five years. She has rare cancer. I told her to keep going.”
I want to believe you can do anything you set your mind to.
So I will say, You can do anything you set your mind to.
Peonies, lavender and wild onions blooming.
April 13, 2016
On Monday morning my friend, Dawn Altman, introduced me to Usha Lakshmi, a yoga teacher at Still Point Yoga who said, “Oh, I love yoga on the steps! My daughter and I do it every year. It’s so inspiring and it’s our thing. I can’t wait.”
Yoga On The Steps (now known as Reach & Raise) IS one of THE MOST inspiring yoga classes I know.
People often ask, How did the event get started?
Fifteen years ago, I was 35 years old, alone up on the top steps of the Art Museum practicing yoga, thinking, I have got to share, share this view, share this optimism, share this beauty and meet new people. I need to get out of my rut and expand.
Two years later, Courtney Kapp, a student who I’d worked with who recovered from breast cancer, introduced me to Jean Sachs, President of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. At our first meeting at Yoga Schelter studio, I shared my vision and we discussed the large fund raising event on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.
The first year 175-200 people showed.
Last year we had close to 2,000. Family, friends, loved ones: All invited.
No previous yoga experience necessary. The yoga class is for all levels.
If you ever need a boost of inspiration and confidence this is your event.
Next week I’ll post on the basics of the yoga practice and the inspiring theme of the class.
January 15, 2016
Jennifer’s Inspirational Yoga style works for all ages and stages of yoga practitioners to feel Inspired to trust and move at their own, comfortable pace.
– Inspirational Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Mindfulness Meditation
– Breathing Practice
– Guided Relaxation
– Balance – Body and Mind
– Relaxation and Ease
– Balance, Agility, Flexibility, and Strength
– Core stability
– Letting go stress, and anxiety
All levels welcome.