I Tried It: A 20-Year-Old Guy’s Very First Yoga Class

“Just relax your leg!” the doctor said with a smirk while shaking my suspended limb back and forth. “My leg is relaxed, it just refuses to bend!” I responded with a hint of frustration and embarrassment in my voice.

I was 13 years old when my pediatrician sent me to St. Christopher’s Hospital to get tested for scoliosis. This was probably my fourth visit in as many years. He was hell-bent in his belief my spine was developing a curve and every visit I feared I’d actually be diagnosed this time. Little did I know I was about to become a medical enigma for a completely different reason.

Part of the test, for reasons unknown to me, involved checking the flexibility of my hamstrings. The doctor’s assistant was the first to take on the challenge of pushing my leg to my chest. I just laid on the examination table watching this poor lady attempt to find a trace of flexibility in my leg. The assistant, after laughing with my mom about the situation – which definitely made me feel normal — left to grab the orthopedic doctor. His efforts were also wasted. After pushing and pulling my leg like a stick shift, the resistance left him stunned. While the test for scoliosis came back negative, I left St. Christopher’s scarred with the memory of the wrestling match between my legs and their staff.

Clearly, flexibility and my name have no business being in the same sentence. But as the intern for Be Well Philly, I felt it was my duty to experience yoga for myself. Plus, I love a challenge and I’m no stranger to making a fool of myself. So when my editor suggested I try a class at CorePower Yoga on Walnut Street, I accepted with enthusiasm but feared the worst. Surely enough, my fears came true. And then some. Read more »

The Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day Yoga Classes in Philly

Trying to think of a great Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone? Here’s a pro tip (please note I use the term “pro” loosely): Skip the cliché gifts (ahem, chocolate) and treat them to a Valentine’s yoga class. You’ll get to spend some quality time with your partner — and some of these classes will even teach you how to give a proper Thai massage, a gift that keeps on giving!

Below, our Valentine’s Day gift to you: 18 Valentine’s Day yoga classes in both the city and the ‘burbs. And if Cupid’s arrow has missed you recently – his aim can be questionable at times — don’t worry, there are some classes on the list for you, too. Read more »

Double-Duty: CorePower Yoga Launches New Yoga-and-Run Club

Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga

Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga

Calling all overachievers: We’ve got the perfect running club for you. CorePower Yoga’s Walnut Street location just launched a new run club that meets at 6 p.m. on Mondays for a roughly 45-minute-long run — but it doesn’t end there. After the run, the group heads to CorePower’s 7 p.m. Yoga Sculpt class, a killer hourlong heated yoga class that works in weights. See? Told you this was perfect for the overachievers out there.
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Be Well Philly Underground Recap: Throwback Hip-Hop Yoga (With a DJ!) 

Be Well Philly Underground Throwback Hip-Hop Yoga | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground Throwback Hip-Hop Yoga | Photo by Susan Nam

You probably remember Friday as the day hysteria took over the city while that gnarly blizzard, Jonas, moved in on us. I, however, remember Friday as the day I got my downward dog on to Ja Rule, TLC and Biggie in our Be Well Philly Underground throwback hip-hop yoga class, complete with a DJ. Jealous? I would be too. Read more »

Three Queens Yoga Has Tons of Free Classes This Weekend 

Three Queens Yoga | Photo via Facebook

Three Queens Yoga | Photo via Facebook

Will you trudge through the snow for a workout you have to pay 20 bucks for this weekend? Probably not. But Three Queens Yoga at 410 Monroe Street is putting on an open house this Saturday that just might get you to strap on your snow boots and leave the house: They have a whopping seven free yoga and fitness classes on the schedule Saturday. Aaaaand there will be free Sip-N-Glo juice on deck. Yes, please! Read more »

The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary: New Yoga Studio Opening in Brewerytown

The view from the not-yet-finished Yoga and Movement Sanctuary

The view from the not-yet-finished Yoga and Movement Sanctuary

The first time I took a yoga class with Emile Sorger at Amrita Yoga & Wellness in Fishtown, he told a joke in the middle of the class that involved a penguin and a highway, if I recall correctly, and he closed out the class with an Imagine Dragons song. In other words, he’s not your typical yoga teacher — so it only makes sense that the yoga studio he’s opening in Brewerytown with fellow Philly yogi Noah Julian won’t be your average yoga studio. Read more »

Aqua Vida Bringing SUP Yoga Classes to an Indoor Pool in Philly This Winter  

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

If you never got a chance to make it to one of Aqua Vida’s SUP Yoga classes at Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer — that’s yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, if you didn’t know — all is not lost: The lovely ladies from Aqua Vida just gave us the very good news that, starting in February, they’ll be teaching SUP Yoga indoors at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center Pool at 33rd and Market streets. Yippeeee! Read more »

PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground’s Candlelight Sunrise Yoga at Lululemon 

Candlelight sunrise yoga at Lululemon | Photo by Susan Nam

Candlelight sunrise yoga at Lululemon | Photo by Susan Nam

The really sad thing about today is that I already know it’s not going to be as good as yesterday, because yesterday, my morning started off bright and early (er, well, dark and early, actually) with candlelight sunrise yoga at Lululemon’s gorgeous, brand spankin’ new Walnut Street store. For our very first Be Well Philly Underground event of the year, we teamed up with Lululemon Walnut Street, along with Stripp’d Juice and Pure Fare for a morning that was kind of unbeatable. Read more »

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