Guys, the weekend is near (thank goodness!), and there is so much good stuff on the roster for the next few days, from an Empire-themed spin class (yes, you read that correctly) to a Michael Jackson versus Bruno Mars dance-off class and more. Take your pick, below.
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!
First we brought you guys the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List and now, a bucket list made just for summertime. The 15 things we think every Philly fitness lover needs to experience — and don’t worry, you don’t have to cross ‘em all off this summer. But if you do, you’ll totally earn bragging rights.
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!
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.
Free yoga is always sweet, but free wine, too? That’s jump-up-and-down awesome. And get ready to jump up and down, because that’s exactly what you’ll get at the new weekly summer yoga series, Vino and Vinyasa, launching tomorrow.
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Hey, Broad Streeters: I’m guessing the last thing you want to do for a workout today is go for another run — am I right? And thanks to Athleta, you don’t have to. Tonight, Athleta on Walnut Street is hosting a free post-Broad Street yoga for runners class, and you are invited.
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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?
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 »