Hey runners, we’re thinking this is the perfect incentive to get you running hills every week: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting a weekly yoga series on Lemon Hill every Saturday from June 27th through September 19th (except for July 4th), starting this weekend. Meaning: After you get your hills in, you can get your well-earned Savasana on. See? Incentive.
UPDATE 6/25: Due to permit issues, the location of the event has been changed. You can keep up with where you’ll find Keli on July 4th over on the Facebook event page here.
ORIGINAL: Fourth of July is right around the corner, guys! And you know what that means: parades, barbecues, fireworks, relaxing with family and friends, and … yoga? That’s right! This year, jumpstart your holiday relaxation with Fourth of July Freedom Flow Yoga, a donation-based class hosted by Keli Engleson, Philly yoga instructor and wellness blogger at Yoga Peach.
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!
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!
When we were on the hunt, trying to build up our giant annual guide to outdoor yoga in Philly, we realized that neither Wanderlust in the City — the huge, day-long, outdoor yoga festival that’s prompted yogis from all over the city to flock to the Piazza for the past few years — or Urban Yoga Philly, the super-popular outdoor summer series Lululemon usually hosts, were popping up on our radar. And bad news, folks: That’s because they’re not happening this year.
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Philly-area yogis will be mighty busy (and tan!) with this summer’s lineup of outdoor yoga classes. From waterfront options in the city to wine-and-yoga events in the ‘burbs to on-the-sand classes down the Shore, we’ve got plenty of al freso yoga options to keep you more than occupied.
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Let’s all start doing our anti-rain dance for tomorrow because Philly Power Yoga is hosting a free outdoor yoga class at Dilworth Park during your lunch break. Read more »
Hallelujah, spring has arrived — am I right? If you need solid proof (because, you know, it’s still pretty darn cold out there), I give you this: news of the arrival of this year’s Yoga on the Banks outdoor yoga series, set to return to the Schuylkill Banks on April 18th. Read more »
In case you haven’t checked the weather forecast today, we’re in for temperatures in the low 60s. The sixties, people! To celebrate the warmer — and way more outdoor-workout-friendly — weather, a couple of Philly studios are offering free (!!) outdoor workouts tonight. Check ‘em out below. Read more »
For all the people out there who spend most of winter sitting in front of sun lamps and dreaming of days that don’t require two layers of gloves, we’ve got some good news: It won’t be freezing cold forever. You want proof, you say? Here you go: The dates for free outdoor yoga at Race Street Pier have been announced. Meaning, in just a few months, we’ll all be getting our Savasana on outside in the warmth of spring. Only a few more months, people.
The free classes, run, as always, by Malik Wilson of Dhyana yoga, will kick off on Saturday, April 11th. And this year, they’re giving us all even more chances to get our downward dog on for free. They’ve got a whopping 11 classes on the roster each week—up from six classes last year. How awesome is that?