By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Usually people don’t associate hanging out in a cemetery on a Friday night to a good time, but as it turns out, Laurel Hill Cemetery is actually a great place for a Yoga class at sunset. A local instructor is now offering monthly classes.
Surrounded by monolithic grave markers, and well removed from the sounds of the city, a class of nine students stretched out on mats under a beautiful blue sky. It’s called Sunset Yoga in the Cemetery, and held on a peaceful patch overlooking the Schuylkill River. The classes are run by Emily Golomb, an instructor at Studio 1831 in Spring Garden. She says the classes are open to people of all skill levels.
“Its a mix of Iyengar and Ashtanga. Today we did a little bit more Vinyasa flow, a faster pace class. We start with a seated meditation. We end with a seated meditation as well in Savasana. And in between we work up a sweat a little bit and have fun,” Golomb said.
Golomb understands the concept might sound strange to some, but attitudes quickly change after clients get settled in for class.
“Its just such a unique place in Philadelphia. It’s peaceful and tranquil, and it just doesn’t look like what you’d picture a cemetery to look like,” she said.
And she says most people leave with a similar reaction.
“Feel happy and awake, but really, really relaxed and kind of melty after it,” she said.
This year’s final Sunset Yoga in the Cemetery session will be held on September 7th. Information can be found on www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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