10 Coolest Fitness Events in Philly This Month: July 2015

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Getting yourself off the couch let alone outside — far, far away from an air conditioner — to work out when temperatures outside are pushing 100 degrees can be tough. So to help you out, here, our top 10 picks for this month’s worth-getting-off-your-couch-for fitness events. Take your pick and mark your calendars, friends! Read more »

Will Philly’s Cat Cafe Offer Yoga?

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We’re sure you’ve heard the news that Philly could be getting its very own cat cafe, right? In case you’re one of those fascinating people who doesn’t have a Facebook account and therefore missed the cat craze that has taken over every Philly resident’s newsfeed for the past week, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Philly cat lover (er, well, we assume she’s a cat lover) Kristin Eissler is hoping to have Philly’s first cat cafe, Kawaii Kitty Cafe, open by December of this year.

The cafe, which doesn’t yet have a location, will house anywhere from 10 to 15 adoptable cats at a time. I have many questions, most of which revolve around whether latte-foam art featuring cats will be a part of the equation, but the most important question I have is this: Will Philly’s cat cafe offer yoga?

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Yoga with Jake: How to Finally (Finally!) Master Wheel Pose

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Every week, we post a new yoga routine from local instructor Jake Panasevich. Panasevich’s specialty is yoga for men (you can learn more about him on his website here), but these routines works for ladies, as well! So grab your yoga mat and get your downward dog on, friends. 

We all have those poses our bodies just refuse to twist into during a yoga class, and for a lot of folks, Wheel Pose — you know, the one where you make your human body resemble, well, a wheel — is one of ‘em. So if you roll your eyes and let out a not-so-subtle “ughhh” every time the pose comes up in class, you’re going to want to watch this video which walks you through the steps to take to finally (finally) master the dreaded pose. Soon enough, you’ll be wheelin’ it up like nobody’s business.

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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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Greatest News of All Time: Bombay Yoga Company to Start Hosting Early-Morning Yoga-and-Dance Parties (with Breakfast!)

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The other day, my friend and I were discussing our plans for the day when we ran into a dilemma that comes up pretty much every weekend: We wanted to dance but we didn’t want to wait until 11:30 p.m. when we wouldn’t be the only ones on the dance floor — because as much as I love to dance, I would rather be in bed by 11:30 p.m. Some might call me boring. I call myself well-rested.

But it looks like we won’t have to wait until past our bedtimes to get our dance on anymore, because the folks over at Bombay Yoga Company have made our dreams of going to a dance party before the sun sets come true! As owner Kathryn Blessington tells us, the Bella Vista studio is gearing up to start hosting a recurring early-morning yoga-and-dance party called TheGetUp, complete with an hourlong yoga class, a two-hour long dance party, breakfast and performers. Best. News. Ever. Am I right?

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This Philly Photographer Wants to Change the Face of Yoga

How Philly Moves 2014 | Photo by JJ Tiziou

How Philly Moves 2014 | Photo by JJ Tiziou

If the word “yoga” brings to your mind an image of a thin woman twisting her body into a pretzel in Lululemon yoga pants, that’s not too surprising. Oftentimes, those are the kinds of yogis we see in media. But JJ Tiziou, a Philly-based photographer and the guy behind the How Philly Moves photo series, wants to change that — and he needs your help.

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Yoga with Jake: Poses for Tight Hamstrings

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Every week, we post a new yoga routine from local instructor Jake Panasevich. Panasevich’s specialty is yoga for men (you can learn more about him on his website here), but these routines works for ladies, as well! So grab your yoga mat and get your downward dog on, friends. 

There are a bazillion reasons your hamstrings could be feeling tight: A killer Lithe Method class (been there), a long run or, on the flip side, a lack of movement for the past week. Not to fear: Jake is here to help you loosen your legs up with this routine for tight hamstrings.

And, as Jake notes, this routine, which increases flexibility, is also great for beginners who fear they can’t do yoga because they aren’t flexible enough. Now grab your mat and get goin’, folks!

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