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.

Wanderlust Yoga Festival Is Coming to Philly

Wanderlust Yoga Festival Is Coming to Philly | Be Well Philly

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Big news, yogis: The Wanderlust Yoga Festival is making a mini pit stop in Philly this fall, with a one-day yoga block party at the Piazza at Schmidt’s. It’s a small taste of the full Wanderlust experience, a four-day yoga and music festival—think Bonnaroo for the yoga set—with upcoming stops in Whistler and California. While we won’t get the whole shebang here, our version offers something better: It’s completely free.

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The Checkup: Would You Try a Co-Ed Naked Yoga Class?

Would You Try a Co-Ed Naked Yoga Class? | Be Well Philly• Here’s a review—that’s completely safe for work, by the way—of a co-ed naked yoga class. Tell me honestly: Would you try it? [Greatist]

• Forward this directly to your boss: five reasons why runners need standing desks. []

• I hope you ate breakfast this morning. If not, prepare to hear your stomach growl. Check out these 18 healthy, energizing breakfast ideas. [Bon Appétit]

Coke-flavored wine is happening, people. I would like to hear your thoughts, please. [NY Mag]

• An on-the-beach workout–in GIFs! [Q by Equinox]


Free Sunday Yoga at Race Street Pier Now Extended Through August

If you build it, they will come. And apparently, if they come, you will build it even bigger. Or something.

I got an email yesterday from the folks at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, who said their free Sunday morning yoga classes at Race Street Pier have been so ridiculously popular that they’ve decided to extend the series through August. The program, which had been slated to run its course by the end of June, is led by Dhyana Yoga instructor Malik Wilson. He’ll continue to helm the classes every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Bring your own mat and water. It’s hot out there.

To Do: Yoga for Dudes at Maha Yoga

Yoga doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being masculine. Women still dominate most classes, and the emphasis on flexibility traditionally has been a turn off to men. But yoga boasts some amazing benefit (i.e. it decreases stress, may reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, etc), and can be a godsend by helping reduce the negative effects that years of sports (and no stretching) can wreak on a man’s body. What’s a guy to do?

Luckily, Maha Yoga has designed a workshop series with dudes in mind. The four-class series will tackle some of the challenges that men face with yoga (goal: touch your toes by the end), and build on the advantages, such as a man’s natural strength. It’s yoga minus the spiritual chanting and intimidating pretzel poses. Register here.

$65 for the series, Saturdays July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 3rd, 5 to 6:15 p.m. Maha Yoga Studio, 1700 Sansom St, 6th Floor, Philadelphia.

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New Pop-up Fitness Classes at Eakins Oval

Move over Rittenhouse Square—ovals are hottest new thing in the Philly park scene. Eakins Oval, better known as the traffic circle in front of the Art Museum, will be a parking lot, no more, as it makes the transition to major programming space this summer. Set to debut on July 17th, the Oval will be the site of a whole host of exciting events ranging from educational to entertaining.

Here’s why you should care, Be Wellers: Every Tuesday (and a few Sundays), the programming will center around wellness, which means that you can expect to find free yoga and Zumba classes, with a hula-hoop dance class—or two—thrown in there for good measure. Rumor has it that there will also be a huge Twister board, so count it as good news for anyone who likes holding awkward positions for extended periods of time as a workout. Because that’s a thing, yes?

Eakins Oval will be bumping every Tuesday through Sunday through August 18th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get info here.

Check out the full fitness-oriented lineup below:

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To Do: Yoga for Back Pain at the Yoga Garden Narberth

I can’t get over these stats! According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the most common reason for missed work, and the second most common reason for a trip to your doctor’s office. Oh yeah, and Americans spend about $50 billion on back pain every year.

For those who want to kiss back pain goodbye (everyone, right?) and want to try a non-medical approach, check out The Yoga Garden’s special two-day workshop on Yoga for Back Care. The workshop will be run by Deborah Wolk, the co-director of Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis in NYC, who will teach how the healing powers of yoga can work magic on your back. The sessions will focus on anatomy basics, classic yoga poses to relieve pain, and asanas to align the spine and limbs. Pain relief without the meds? Sold. To sign up, go here.

$55 for Saturday, $65 for Sunday, $110 for both days, July 13th from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and July 14th from noon to 3:30 p.m., The Yoga Garden, 131 North Narberth Avenue, Narberth

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