Photo Recap: The Very First Class of Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow

Be Well Philly's Summer Yoga Flow | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow | Photo by Susan Nam

A big round of applause to everyone who came out to the very first sweat session of Be Well Philly’s Summer’s Yoga Flow, our free summer yoga series, at the Comcast Center Outdoor Plaza last night! (And a big thank you to the weather gods for not raining all over our yoga mats, too.) We can’t think of a better way to end a workday than with downward dogs in the sunshine, and we’re glad you all feel the same.

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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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