As you probably already know, the summer solstice is this Saturday, June 21st. But what you might not know is that the solstice is a big deal to yogis. As per tradition, yogis everywhere will be doing 108 sun salutations to celebrate. Why 108, you ask? It’s a sacred number in Buddhism and several other Eastern religions. The practice of 108 sun salutations is supposed to honor change and often occurs at times of celebration, rebirth, or, in this case, the changing of seasons.
Sounds intense, right? Most events break it up into four rounds of 27 or nine rounds of 12 to make it a little more manageable. If you’re up for the challenge, here are six places in Philly and the ‘burbs where you can get in on the action. (Plus, three other places to hit the mat this solstice if you’re not taking on the 108 sun salutations.)
Where: Sutcliffe Park, Conshohocken
When: 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20th
Cost: $10 suggested donation
FYI: Note that this event is the night before the solstice, on Friday, June 20th!
Where: 209 N York Road, Hatboro
When: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wake Up Yoga
Where: 1839 East Passyunk Avenue, South Philly
When: 2 to 5 p.m.
Whole Body Yoga Studio and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed
Where: Wissahickon Valley Watershed Headquarters, 12 Morris Road, Ambler
When: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FYI: This is a fundraiser for the Tex Mex 5k, which raises money for the preservation of the watershed.
Prancing Peacock Studio
Where: 524 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
When: 7 p.m. on Friday the 20th
FYI: This one is also on Friday! Pre-registration required.
Other Yoga Events
Flow Into Summer Solstice
Where: DIG Philadelphia, 410 Monroe Street, Queen Village
When: 8 to 10 p.m.
Outdoor Yoga on the Schuylkill Banks
Where: Schuylkill Banks, near 25th and Locust Streets
When: Beginning at 11 a.m.
Cost: Also free!
FYI: This class happens every week!
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