To Do: Free Yoga Classes at DIG Philly

DIG Yoga’s Philly location is celebrating its first birthday next week with—what else?—free yoga classes and a party!

On Saturday, after the Wanderlust Festival in NoLibs wraps, yogis are invited to high tail it to Queen Village, where DIG will host an after party with a DJ, dancing, cake and fresh-pressed juice cocktails (!!) from Sip-N-Glo juicery.

Then on Sunday, head back to DIG for a full schedule of free classes all day long. Here’s the schedule:

9:00 – 10:15am: Basic yoga
10:30 – 11:45am: Mixed yoga
12:00 – 1:15pm: Prenatal yoga
1:30 – 2:45pm: Gentle/beginner yoga
3:00 – 4:00pm: DIG hour yoga

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Yoga Teacher Gained 40 Pounds to Make a Point About Fat Yoga Teachers

Remember last summer when that personal trainer gained (then lost) 70 pounds on purpose in order to better identify with his overweight clients? Well, I’ve got another for you. It’s kinda the same deal, except in this case we’re talking about a yoga teacher and her decision to pack on 40 pounds to prove a point.

In a recent post on Yoganonymous called “The Fat Yoga Teacher,” yoga instructor Trina Hall details how—and why—she gained 40 pounds in four months, on purpose. “I wanted to use my own body as my art piece to start a conversation about identity, self-image and beauty, so I made my canvas heavy and gained weight,” she writes. “I want to slay the notion that people who do yoga need to look like the beauties on the cover of magazines.”

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VIDEO: This Chihuahua Is Really Good at Yoga

There are two awesome things to note about this video: 1) It features an adorably tiny Chihuahua who’s really quite good at yoga, and 2) The entire thing is in Italian, so unless you know Italian, you don’t even need to bother to turn the sound on for this one—which means you can watch it over and over again at your desk without your boss knowing. Talk about a win-win.

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I Tried It: SurfSET Fitness Indoor Surfing Workout

I’ve been DYING to try SurfSET fitness ever since I saw it featured on Shark Tank (it’s a guilty pleasure, alright!) back in 2012. For those that don’t know, the workout uses a stationary surfboard to replicate the muscle-toning, calorie-burning workout of a real surf session without the water. Since the show aired, SurfSET has been making quite the splash (ha!) in cities like New York, LA, and Miami, but, sadly, not in Philly. Totally unfair, right?

That’s why last month, I decided to put together a fitness class wish list, hoping that Be Wellers would be able to generate some buzz around SurfSET and maybe—just maybe—help bring this workout to Philly. After the post went up, I received word that a local yogi/trainer had a SurfSET board and was offering private 45-minute sessions. They’re run by Shelsea Acoveno, a super bubbly instructor and owner of Sea Yoga. Truth be told, one-on-ones usually aren’t my scene—there’s nowhere to hide!—but for the chance to try SurfSET, I was willing to make an exception. So that’s how, last Tuesday, I found myself in an apartment complex in Roxborough. On a surfboard.

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To Do: Yoga Flash Mob at 30th Street Station

On Monday morning, 30th Street Station will be transformed into one big yoga-style flash mob (think of how awesome this was in Grand Central Station), courtesy of Blue Buddha Beverages, the organizers of the whole shebang. Yogis will perform three sun salutations before busting into some funky (yes, funky)  yoga poses to music. Fingers crossed that there will be some priceless reactions from unwitting travelers that are lucky enough to witness the spectacle. Check out the original post here, and plan to bring a mat!

FREE, August 5th at 8:30 a.m., 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Yoga Garden’s Soundtrack Saturday This Weekend

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate on yoga classes that feature serene sounds of the ocean churning or birds blissfully chirping in nature. But sometimes, a girl’s just gotta rock out while she gets her sun salutation on.

The Yoga Garden’s Brittany Policastro is hosting a Soundtrack Saturday class this Saturday, August 3rd, at noon at the South Street location. The nearly two-hour class (!) is long, but remember: They are working with lots of great audio material from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince, so you’re bound to be engaged the whole time. Sign up here. (Note: Make sure the studio location at the top reads “Philadelphia,” then click the Classes and Events tab.)

$20, August 3rd  from noon to 1:45 p.m., The Yoga Garden, 903 South Street, Philadelphia.

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Free Yoga Tips from Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Schuyler Grant and More

Yogis, your calendars might already be overflowing—what with all the free summer yoga options and Philly’s upcoming Wanderlust mini festival and Namas Day—but here’s one more thing you’ll want to add. From August 12th through 16th, Yoga Is will host its first online yoga conference, featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in yoga, including Baron Baptiste (i.e. Baptiste Yoga); Schuyler Grant, one of the founders of the Wanderlust Festival; Gabrielle Bernstein, a NYT best-selling author and yogi; and Seane Corn, an internationally known yogi and activist, who just so happens to be a born and raised Jersey girl (she lives in LA now).

The best part? The conference is totally free. Just sign up here for the tune-in info.

The Checkup: 10 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Headaches

• When an aspirin or two won’t do, hit the mat. Here are the 10 best yoga poses to help you shake a headache. Say it with me: sweet relief! [Huffington Post]

• What a pain in the back. A new study links yoga with relief for lower back pain. [Runner’s World]

• Learn how to breathe right—from a free-diving champ who can hold his breath for seven minutes!—for better athletic performance, stress relief and more. [Q by Equinox]

• Put down your iPhone. Excessive smartphone usage is linked to sedentary lifestyles in a new study. [HealthDay]

• How a professional stuntman, who’s played death-defying roles in ThorQuantum of Solace, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, stays fit and injury-free. [Greatist]

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To Do: “Taste the Rainbow” Yoga Class and Vegan Food Tasting at Maha Yoga

Okay, let’s be honest. Sometimes we get caught up in distractions, like finding the perfect pair of yoga pants, instead of paying attention to the greater aspects of yoga. It’s easy to forget that yoga is not just about pants that make your butt look great or even breaking a sweat. It’s a practice that holds deep traditions.

One tradition is the concept of nine “rasas,” or tastes that express emotional states. Teagan Schweitzer, an instructor at Maha Yoga and Parisian trained chef , will host a yoga class and food tasting carefully designed to explore all nine “rasas” on July 21st.

This workshop on Sunday afternoon will include a two-hour (whoa, now we are breaking a sweat) yoga class followed by a seasonal vegan lunch prepared by Teagan herself. The lunch will feature “the five primary tastes on our tongues.” The sample menu sounds pretty scrumptious: arugula salad, fingerling potatoes, a plum crumble. Register here (click the Workshops tab).

$50 after, July 21st, 1 to 4 p.m., Maha Yoga, 1700 Sansom Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia.

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Namas Day Yoga Festival Is Back This Fall

First Wanderlust, now Namas Day—yogis, you’ve got a lot of great events coming up!

Philly Area Yoga’s second annual one-day yoga fest will make an appearance on October 6th at the Wayne Art Center. It includes a jam-packed day of classes and workshops, including yoga sessions, meditation workshops and lectures on a range of topics, from healthy eating to Reiki. The sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Early registration is open now for a discounted fee of $85. After August 7th, the price jumps to $110. More info is here.

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