Yoga Class in Laurel Hill Cemetery June 6th

Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

We’ve posted about yoga classes that happen in some pretty unique places, but I think this one take the cake: On Friday, June 6th, Studio 1831 yoga instructor Emily Golomb will teach a sunset yoga class in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


The one-hour, all-levels class gets underway at 6 p.m. and will focus on alignment, strength and balance. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

You need to bring your own mat for class. Free parking is available across the street from the cemetery's gatehouse entrance (3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia), which is where you should enter to meet up with Golomb. The class is $20 and you can preregister here.

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  • Alexandra T.

    *NO, NO, NO, NO*

    Of ALL freaking places…in the Brandywine Valley… -YOGA- at Laurel Hill

    Dig up a grave while you’re at it! – Steal a Revolutionary War Soldieries Grave Marker! Steal a Civil War Soldiers Grave Marker!
    Stretch against a pioneering families mausoleum… Perhaps one of the signers of The Declaration Of Independence to boot (Thomas McKean)!

    Does Laurel Hill Cemetery not think of the PR backlash for even a moment?
    I don’t care about the damn view….it’s a resting place. Let them rest, not bust a downward dog with your ass toward the tombstone of well respected Philadelphian or ANYONE else interred, no matter status.

    Have we any respect left?

    Do YOU Laurel Hill Cemetery have any respect? If so, please begin to show some decorum.

    • Susie

      I grew up across from a beautiful cemetery in roslyn pa. We played in it, walked in it, looked at many a grave and talked about the deceased and who they may have been. To this day as I approach death I thank my parents for allowing me the commune with the dead, have no fear of the dead I enjoyed the beautiful surroundings that grew there and can identiful flowers and trees. Other cemetery’s are putting in cell towers and closing off roads for more graves. Money is needed to maintain the beautiful space… I say GO GO GO GO

      • Alexandra T.

        The money goes to the yoga studio…
        I too grew up in a rural area with cemeteries & graveyards all around. We would play around, “run to te fanciest grave marker” to “win”, hide & seek etc..
        I just feel a yoga studio taking over Laurel Hill on a regular basis for class is going too far. Is Zumba next?
        Also, to my knowledge, Laurel Hill is doing just fine financially via donations & they are not yet full. It’s when the cemeteries fill up that they take extreme measures to maintain upkeep. Such as your cell phone tower reference.
        My mother & I document for FindAGrave.com, therefore I’ve seen what happens whencemeteries fill up, money runs out & they are literally abandoned. That will never happen to Laurel Hill.

  • PDalpiaz

    I am all for finding peace and serenity in our cemeteries but I am distinctly uncomfortable with the idea of a for-profit event hosted by an entity other than the cemetery itself.

  • Laurel Hill Cemetery

    With only 1% of unused land available and 25 burials per year, Laurel Hill Cemetery is no longer an ‘active’ burial site—it hasn’t been for many decades. The cemetery fell into a state of disrepair for most of the 1900’s and it wasn’t until 1978 that the Friends of Laurel Hill (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) was formed to give Laurel Hill it’s second life, so to speak. The mission of the Friends is to preserve and promote Laurel Hill Cemetery as a National Historic Landmark, through innovative programing and fundraising initiatives. Proceeds from Yoga in the Cemetery—and all of our 75+
    tours and programs throughout the year—benefit the cemetery. Laurel Hill’s livelihood
    depends upon programs such as this, as we are no longer generating income from
    burials. You can learn more about the cemetery’s history and unique programming by visiting (www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org)—or if you are in the area, we encourage you to visit our site in person. We’re free and open to the public every day of the week and offer free maps and self-guided tours at the main office.