The Area's Best Yoga Instructors

Corina Benner
Corina Benner
Why she’s great: “Corina’s such a warm, gentle spirit. The way she explains things and applies it to everyday life is so great. She’s humble, accessible, knowledgeable. She’s the inspiration for my practice.” — Keri Smotrich, 26, Princeton, New Jersey.

Her street cred: Corina Benner opened Wake Up Yoga in 2002, 20 years after experiencing her first yoga class. Having always been athletic, she first turned to yoga to get away from competitiveness and to find a sense of silence and harmony. Yoga also helped her work through a mild case of depression. Benner’s teaching initially began in NYC after she obtained a certification from Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center. Upon a move to Philadelphia, she opened Wake Up Yoga, where’s she’s been directing and teaching ever since.

Why you’ll love her: Benner offers a variety of classes for all levels. Take her Vigorous Vinyasa class if you’re up for a challenge and are looking to sweat while moving through strength-building sequences. Or try out Yin Yoga, which will really force you to center yourself in the present moment as you hold poses for up to five minutes at a time.

Where to find her: Wake Up Yoga Fairmount, 2329 Parrish Street, 215-235-1228, Wake Up Yoga West, 4916 Baltimore Avenue, Wake Up Yoga South, 1839 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-235-1228

Class times: Tuesday: 6:00-7:30 p.m. at West branch: Wednesday: 9:00-10:30 a.m., 5:45-7:15 p.m. at Fairmount branch; Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at South branch, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at West branch; Two once-a-month classes offered Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Immersion class) and 7:30-9:00 p.m. (Restorative Yoga) at Fairmount branch.


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