Yoga with a View: Pop-Up Yoga at Fairmount Water Works Tomorrow

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Photo via Instagram

You should know by now that we at Be Well Philly are huge fans of outdoor yoga. The fresh air and natural light just add a little something extra special to your practice. And sometimes, you even get a great view: Tomorrow, July 9th, Priya Hot Yoga is hosting a pop-up class at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works, overlooking the Schuylkill.

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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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Lemon Hill’s New Saturday-Morning Yoga Series Starts This Weekend

Yoga Mala at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

Yoga Mala at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

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.

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Do Yoga Outside of Independence Hall to Celebrate Fourth of July

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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.

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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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Two of Philly’s Biggest Outdoor Yoga Events Aren’t Happening This Year

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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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Outdoor Yoga in Philadelphia: Where to Do Yoga Outdoors in Philly and the ’Burbs

Outdoor Yoga Philadelphia | Yoga on the Pier

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

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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