Yoga in the Snow – Snoga Remembered

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On a beautiful Sunday one year ago today, our first Snoga yoga class took place on the decks.  It was one of the most talked about events that we have ever hosted. I thought I would share it again for nostalgic reasons and also because both Dave and I really do miss seeing all of the wonderful people who frequented our gardens.

The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens is a very unique yoga community! It was a balmy 32 F on a calm winter day here in Northeastern PA at our snow covered garden. An early morning call came in from Angela Preat of The Lil Yoga Barn about a spontaneous event she planned on organizing in a few hours later that day.

Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 10She felt it would be a great  time to take advantage of the winter garden scenery by holding an outdoor yoga class on the decks surrounded by the recently fallen snow. (Only Angela could pull this off 😉 )

Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 8She got the most recent inspiration for it from Molly, a yogini who suggested doing a yoga class in the snow.Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 9

Angela had mentioned it last year but had never pursued it. This time it seemed the perfect time to test it out.  Since we were on the verge of getting considerable additional snow accumulations she felt it was an opportune time to raise the spirits of the yoga community and embrace the snow and winter with this “FLASH EVENT”(my keen words).

Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 11Angela posted the notice on The Lil Yoga Barn’s Facebook page and tagged all of the yogis that she thought might be available. It was a spontaneous and wonderful idea!

Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 1 We were so excited when we started to see cars following in a parade along the road in. The parking lot was filled.

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Everyone was told to dress in layers and bring a yoga mat to lay on the decks which were shoveled in the morning by Robert Ferdinand (In-house photographer/manager of The Lil Yoga Barn).

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Yogis could be seen in colorful winter outerwear brightening up the pristine white landscape on the cold and still-frozen wooden decks. They were very adventurous souls! Robert took wonderful photos of this trend setting yoga class.

Trend setting yoga studio Drums PA The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Meditation Snoga The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Robert Ferdinand Angela Preat Winter Yoga Retreats yoga decks 4The Snoga Event was FREE and only lasted half an hour.  Since this kind of class has never been done here before, Angela kept the class short. Afterwards, we invited the chilled but exhilarated yogis into the Carriage House for a cup of hot cocoa, cappuccino and cookies.

Both Dave and I felt so blessed to have this yoga community embrace this unusual opportunity at a moment’s notice . With less than comfortable temperatures and having to trudge through the snow to get to the decks for a half hour of the most unique nature-enhanced yoga we have seen here, the community responded to the challenge.  And for that, we extend a heart-filled “Namaste” to all, even those who wanted to be here but couldn’t and especially Angela and Robert for the wonderful home and community they have helped to create here at Crabtree Gardens.

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About crabtreegardens

I am a passionate decorator and the head gardener at Crabtree Gardens, LLC, which is a five acre naturalized garden located in Drums, PA. I advocate chemical-free, low maintenance gardening methods and working along with nature. I'm a freelance garden writer and member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
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