We thought this month couldn’t get any better when it came to yoga classes with bombtastic playlists — after all, we’ve already got NamaSLAY at Three Queens Yoga and an old school hip-hop class at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique — but it just got better: On Sunday, December 18th, Namasdrake, a Drake-themed yoga shindig, is making its way to Philly.
’Tis the season for holiday EVERYTHING, folks — including holiday-themed fitness. So naturally, many of this month’s top picks for fitness and foodie events encourage ugly Christmas sweaters and reindeer antlers as gear. Take your pick!
Thanksgiving is officially behind us, which can only mean one thing: The rest of the holidays — and holiday gatherings — are right around the corner. Some readers (the ones with non-probing family members) may be screaming “HOORAY!” while others dread the unwanted queries that come along with seeing family all over again (you know the ones: “I thought you two broke up?” “When’s the wedding?” “What’s Tinder?”). Just thinking about it can be stressful. Trust us: We know. And we’ve got the perfect (free!) way for you to de-stress. For two full weeks of December, Manayunk’s The Wall, which recently added yoga to their offerings, will be offering folks the chance to try a bunch of their yoga classes for free.
Yesterday, we gave you guys an inside look at the holiday wish lists of Philly healthy foodies. Now, it’s time to take a cue from the wish lists of Philly yogis.
To make it easier for you to holiday shop for the yogis in your life, we asked a bunch of Philly yoga studio owners and teachers to tell us what gifts they’re asking for this holiday season. Two things to note: A bunch of them are dying to get a float therapy session come Christmas (more than we’ve included on this list) and a good chunk of them mentioned the Queen Village boutique Moon and Arrow as one of their favorite shopping spots. So you already know where to start your shopping hunt.
Now below, 13 gifts Philly yogis are hoping to get this holiday season. Read up, then steal an idea or two to for the yogi in your life.
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The thing about mommy-and-me yoga is that there’s often a little more to it than just squeezing in a workout. Sometimes you just want to get out of the house with that baby. Sometimes you have a toddler who needs to work out some wiggles. Sometimes exercising with your kid attached to you is the only way you’ll get any exercise at all. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 excellent options for mom-friendly yoga of all sorts, whether you’re looking for a serious sweat session or just a little postnatal support. There’s truly something for everyone (including the moms who want to drop that kid off for an hour).
Picture this: It’s Wednesday, November 30th. You come home from a long, hectic workday looking for the perfect way to unwind. You turn on the TV and start clicking through the channels only to realize you really don’t feel like forcing yourself to watch yet another round of Jeopardy! You then go to the fridge for a glass of wine, knowing THIS will surely be the remedy to your woes, only to remember you and your best friend drank the entire box of Franzia during last weekend (then you begin to question why you still drink Franzia, even though you graduated from college three years ago).
Suddenly, you remember that you were reading Be Well Philly during your lunch break last week (we won’t tell your boss) and there just so happens to be a pop-up yoga event tonight at Reading Terminal Market. Insert you jumping for joy here.
• To help quell everyone’s post-election hangovers, the folks over at Science of Us put together a guide to surviving the workday with a hangover — and for many of us, that starts with a hangover-fighting breakfast. According to them, you’re going to want to reach for some eggs, which contain cysteine, a substance that helps us metabolize harmful chemicals (hi, alcohol), some vitamin C, which may help you process alcohol more efficiently, a banana to help with dehydration (thanks, potassium) and something carb-y to up your blood sugar. [Science of Us]
• There are two types of humans in this world: The disciplined humans who never, ever read spoilers before watching The Walking Dead and wait out painful pimples, because they know popping pimples can have gnarly affects on skin, and then there are the rest of us. If you’re in the second camp, here’s a five-step approach straight from an aesthetician’s mouth to help you pop pimples without destroying your skin (because you’re going to do it anyway, right?). [Well + Good]
I’ve got good news for everyone who hangs out in Cherry Hill or North Wales on the regular: CorePower Yoga, the national boutique yoga studio with upwards of 150 locations across the country, is bringing new studios your way this winter. CorePower is opening one studio in Cherry Hill and one in North Wales, both slated to open their doors in December, though exact dates have yet to be announced.
Fact: Sober dancing is not for everyone. I get it. But if you are one of the brave yoga-loving souls who isn’t afraid to get your booty pop on without a few pre-booty popping beers, then you’re going to want to go here to tell the folks at Daybreaker that you really (really, really, REALLY) want them to bring one of their early-morning yoga-and-dance parties to Philly.