Ardmore’s Maha Yoga is making its Center City debut this week, with a new studio at 17th and Sansom and five days of free classes to celebrate. The Main Line location is actually a former Dhyana Yoga studio; the name changed around Thanksgiving when Dhyana Vitarelli and Maha co-owners Justicia and Shawn DeClue parted ways.
“We were business partners with Dhyana in Ardmore, and it was always part of the contract that after a couple years we’d buy her out,” says Justicia. The Ardmore studio, she says, already has its new sign up.
Here in the city, the new location at 1700 Sansom officially opens tonight with a Yogahour class at 5 p.m., and a grand-opening party to follow. Yogahour one of the studio’s regular class offerings, a fun 60-minute session set to upbeat music. Although it’s free tonight as part of the grand-opening festivities, Yogahour usually costs $7 and is open to all levels. The drop-in price for the studio’s other classes is $15.
Maha specializes in alignment-based Vinyasa and also offers massage (Swedish, deep tissue, Thai) and other bodywork.
The free classes run through Tuesday and include morning and evening sessions. You don’t have to sign up for classes ahead of time during opening week, but they are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get there early to get a spot. The studio will open 30 minutes before each class. Students can bring their own mats or rent one at the studio.
Check out the schedule of free classes here.
Maha Yoga Center City, 1700 Sansom Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia, 215-864-0770.