Introducing Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow: Our Weekly (Free!) Yoga Series

Be Well Philly Underground yoga class with DIG Yoga | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground yoga class with DIG Yoga | Photo by Susan Nam

You guys, I have been bursting at the seams trying my best not to scream out the news I’m about to tell you to anyone and everyone I see walking down the street in yoga pants. Bursting, people. So to say I’m excited to share this with you right now is probably the greatest understatement ever. Here goes: Starting Tuesday, July 7th, we will be teaming up with the lovely folks over at DIG Yoga to bring you guys a free outdoor yoga class every week — Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow is the name of the series — at the Comcast Center Outdoor Plaza (1701 JFK Boulevard). Eeeeeeeee!

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Six Places to Do 108 Sun Salutations for the Summer Solstice

Yoga Mala at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Yoga Mala | Photo via Facebook

It may already feel like summer, but technically speaking, summer doesn’t actually start until June 21st: the Summer Solstice. For most people, this may just be any old day. But for yogis, it’s a very special day — and we’ll tell you why! Yogis everywhere will be welcoming summer by practicing Yoga Mala, a series of 108 sun salutations broken down into four sets of 27 or nine sets of 12.

Traditional Yoga Mala is done with a string of 108 beads (called a Mala) — one bead for each sun salutation. Why 108, you ask? This number has been considered sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism as long as anyone can remember. Yogis practice 108 sun salutations to honor and appreciate their past accomplishments, as well as re-evaluate their goals and clear their minds. Sounds like a pretty good way to start a new season, right? 

And lucky for you, we’ve rounded up six places where you can take on the challenge of doing 108 sun salutations to celebrate the 2015 Summer Solstice this weekend. We’ve even included three more spots to do yoga if Yoga Mala seems a bit intense for your liking. Happy Summer!

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To Fill the Wanderlust Void: SANKHYA Studio to Host Free Yoga Fest This Summer

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Remember how we told you guys Wanderlust in the City won’t be making its way to Philly this year (or maybe ever again)? Well, you can stop crying now, because the folks over at Northern Liberties’ newly relocated SANKHYA Yoga School and Wellness Center plan on filling the Wanderlust void with Open Heart, an all-day free yoga fest on the books for July. And this day of downward dogging has one up on Wanderlust: It’ll be air conditioned.

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P.S. & Co. to Host Free Outdoor Yoga and Group Runs Starting in May

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UPDATE 4/23: P.S. & Co. will actually be holding their weekly free yoga classes in their outdoor garden, on Schubert’s Alley behind the cafe, instead of in Rittenhouse Square, due to permit issues. Info for the run club and kickboxing classes remains the same.

ORIGINAL: P.S. & Co. isn’t just good for delicious gluten-free, vegan treats: Starting in May, the Rittenhouse cafe will be hosting free yoga in Rittenhouse Square every Wednesday, and they’ll have a free run club (dogs very welcome!) every Thursday. Awesome, right?

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Yoga on the Banks Starts This Weekend (With Free Beer and Milkshakes for All!) 

Yoga on the Banks

Yoga on the Banks

Well, vouchers for free beer and milkshakes that is. Here’s the deal: Yoga on the Banks will kick off their outdoor yoga season at 11 a.m. this Saturday with their first outdoor class of the year. And as if starting your weekend with pay-what-you-can yoga isn’t awesome enough, they’ll also have folks from Shake Shack on deck giving out vouchers to all the yogis for a free post-yoga drink — your pick of beer, wine, soda or a shake — from any Philly Shake Shack location. Pretty sweet, right?  Read more »

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