Get excited, everyone: The Oval, which takes over Eakins Oval every summer, is bringing back Wellness Wednesdays this month. And you know what that means: Free workouts galore! (In case you don’t already have enough outdoor workouts penciled into your calendar.)
I am reaaaaally bad at keeping secrets. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you: I’m the worst. So, me holding this information in for the past few months and resisting the urge to scream it from the rooftops required Olympic-level mental strength, if I do say so myself. (Why yes, I am patting myself on the back right now.) But now I FINALLY get to share it with you guys. Here goes: Starting Tuesday, July 11th, we are teaming up with the wonderful folks from Queen Village’s Three Queens Yoga to put on a free weekly outdoor yoga series — Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow — at Dilworth Park.
Say it with me: YESSSSSSS.
Believe it or not, the sun is slated to start reaaallly peeking its head out from behind the clouds next week (we’re talking high 80s and sunny), meaning it will be warm enough — nay pleasant! — to roll your yoga mat out outdoors on the regular.
As relaxing as a yoga studio can be, there’s something especially calming about doing your sun salutations actually under the sun. That’s why we’ve rounded up over 30 regularly scheduled (and some pop-up) outdoor yoga classes in Philadelphia and the suburbs. Take note, then start filling in your calendar.
UPDATE 6/6/2016, 1:18 p.m.: Due to a rainy forecast, the start date for Bok’s rooftop hip-hop yoga series has been moved to next Tuesday, June 13th. You can sign up here.
ORIGINAL: WAAAHOOOO! It’s that time of year: Time to get your tree pose on — above the trees— on top of South Philly’s Bok building (1901 South 9th Street) for their summer rooftop yoga series. This summer, they’re hosting a pay-what-you-wish bi-monthly hip-hop yoga series, taught by a slew of instructors like Katie Gould, owner of KG Strong in the Bok building, Adriana Adelé of Three Queens Yoga — you might’ve caught her NamaSLAY workshop at this Saturday’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp — and more fabulous local yogis. Read more »
Guys, warm weather fiiiiiiiinally seems to be headed our way, with the forecast calling for temperatures in the high 70s and 80s this week. Say it with us: YESSSSSSSSSS. And if you’ve been feeling just as sun-deprived as we have, you’ll be very pleased to hear about two rooftop yoga classes, being led by KG Strong’s Katie Gould, where you can soak up some serious vitamin D this week.
There are two things that signal to me that spring really is a comin’: 1) People preemptively donning shorts to go to brunch in 38-degree weather and 2) the announcement of when Yoga on the Pier will start up again. And we, my friends, have spotted both of these signs in the past few days. (Dear fellow humans of the world, please — I beg you — put on a pair of pants. There is SNOW on the ground.)
So, about Yoga on the Pier: In case you aren’t familiar with what it is, Yoga on the Pier is the beloved free yoga series (though donations are always very much welcome and appreciated) held at Race Street Pier in the warmer months, helmed by local yoga instructor Malik Wilson and made possible by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The views of the Ben Franklin Bridge from savasana are amazing. You can bring your (well-behaved) dog. You can bring your kid. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. And this year, they’ve added even MORE programming than they offered last year.
This morning, I had to wait at the Girard El stop in 27-degree weather for upward of 20 minutes, watching three packed-like-sardines trains pass before one came that I could squeeze into. By the time I pushed my way onto the car — some days, you just have to be that person — I could not feel my toes anymore.
That said, it’s kind of hard to believe that outdoor workout season, and all of the awesome free fitness that pops up around town along with it, is right around the corner. But it is! And here’s proof: The Center City Parks District has announced the lineup for Spring Training at Dilworth Park, their annual series of free spring workouts hosted at the park. Go ahead and bust out your calendars, people!
Fact: Mondays are hard. But next Monday will be different — really! Because next Monday, my friends, is National Relaxation Day. And wait! Before you start stressing out, wondering how on EARTH you are going to relax, note that The Logan has already planned your day for you. And the icing on the cake: It won’t cost you a dime.