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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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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Free Yoga and Vita Coco This Sunday on Kelly Drive

Head over to Kelly Drive on Sunday afternoon for a free pop-up yoga class with Philly instructor Stacia Nero and Vita Coco. In addition to the hourlong, bring-your-own-mat class, which starts at noon, they’ll be raffling off yoga mats and giving away free coconut water. The class will take place in the grass along Kelly Drive at the Girard Avenue bridge, near the boulder tunnel. Look for the Vita Coco tent.

If you want to sneak in some extra fitness, run to the meet-up spot from the Art Museum; you’ll cover two miles, total, round trip.

FREE, June 30th from noon to 1 p.m., Kelly Drive and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia.

Manduka Releases New 40-Square-Foot Yoga Mat

Okay, okay, so perhaps my powers of visualization are a tad off base, but when I heard about Manduka’s new 40-square-foot yoga mat, I imagined something akin to a football-field-sized surface that could win a Guinness World Record title for Largest Yoga Mat In the History of Humankind. Or something. While it’s not quiiiite so impressively huge, the PRO Squared yoga mat is still noteworthy, in that the 6.5-foot-by-6.5-foot non-slip surface is meant to turn your living room (or, well, a corner of your living room) into an insta yoga studio, with mat space for least two people.

The just-released mat goes for $360 and is available for pre-order. They’re slated to ship on July 10th.

I Tried It: Outdoor Yoga Atop a 45-Story Building in Center City

The view from the sundeck!

Outdoor yoga on the beach, outdoor yoga at the park, outdoor yoga on the patio

Yes, folks, outdoor yoga classes are all the rage this summer. But here’s one sun-drenched spot you may not have thought to look for a yoga class: 45 floors up on the sundeck of 1500 Locust apartments. And—lucky me!—I got to try it out last weekend.

The apartment complex happens to be home to Nawrocki Fitness, a boutique-style fitness studio that opened up about three years ago. Owners Marlene and Ed Nawrocki offer private training as well as oversee various fitness classes, many on the sundeck, including yoga.

On Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., Megan Duncan comes in to teach a very casual, happy-go-lucky Vinyasa-style class for about 45 minutes. She gets cool points for being a Fox 29 producer by weekday and yoga teacher in her free time.

Now, I’m not new to yoga, but this was the first time I did a class outside, right in the direct sunlight during the summer heat. There are a few things I advise:
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This Summer’s Hottest Workout: Stand-up Paddleboarding

The only thing I really knew about stand-up paddleboarding, before trying it in May, was that Matthew McConaughey loves it. Given that he has the body of a Greek god—and that, well, I do not—I wondered: Would I even be able to do it?

“Anyone can paddleboard,” Stacey Marchel, owner of Stacey’s Surf & Paddle in Margate, told me when I called. Unlike surfing, SUP—that’s “stand-up paddleboard” for short—is instantly gratifying, in that you don’t have to spend hours learning how to get on your feet. Perfecting the paddling technique takes some time—arms straight, twist at the waist, pull the board toward the paddle, repeat—but once you do, stand-up paddleboarding can be one helluva workout.

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