If on January 1st, you vowed that 2017 would be the year you become the next Jillian Michaels, and now — a mere 16 days in — you’ve already fallen off the workout wagon, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is here to swoop in and save you from self-sabotage. On Sunday, January 29th, the hotel is hosting their third annual Resolution Rx event to keep you on track, with tons of $5 fitness classes from studios around the city, mini massages and acupuncture (!!) and healthy grub.
This day is proving to be on the bad side. Case in point here. But we’ve found a sliver of sunshine on this otherwise gloomy day: The folks at Wanderlust 108, the awesome yoga/running/meditation fest that took over the Navy Yard back in October, just clued us into the fact that the fest will, in fact, be coming back to Philly, for the second time, in 2017.
Say it with me: YASSSSSS.
Things we wish were a part of every single day: yoga done to Drake music and fancy — simple syrup-free! — cocktails courtesy of Spirit Forward. Those two wonderful things are exactly what we got at last night’s first Be Well Philly Underground event of the year, and I have to say, it was LOVELY.
Free People’s third annual FP Let’s Move event tour is landing in Philadelphia next Monday, January 16th. And considering the yoga/meditation/food event is only making its way to seven cities across the world, this is pretty sweet news.
Going to go ahead and say I told you so: A few weeks ago, we told you guys you were going to want to start paying attention to the free fitness happenings being organized by the folks over at Lululemon’s new Fishtown outpost. But in case you didn’t take that suggestion to heart, we thought we’d bring their truly awesome January lineup of events to your attention: Over the course of 21 days, which kicked off this Monday, they have a free event of some form or another — from hot yoga classes to Spin sessions to resolution mural workshops and more — on the roster, with events going down at the Frankford Avenue store or at studios in the Fishtown ‘hood. Uhhhhhhh, yes, please!
30th Street Station is sort of the opposite of a yoga studio: it’s generally pretty loud, there are absolutely no candles, and there is always a chance a stranger will run you over with their rolling suitcase in a rush to make their train. So we can’t decide whether doing yoga at 30th Street Station sounds really cool or the opposite of relaxing or a little bit of both. We bring this up because next Wednesday, January 11th, Honeygrow’s hgAthletics and PLUSgives will be teaming up to host a free pop-up yoga session inside the train station. And one thing it will definitely be is a unique experience.
Happy allllmost new year, friends! Here to help you kickstart your health and wellness game as you head into 2017, we’ve got our top picks for fitness and foodie events around Philly this January, from a dog-friendly yoga class (say whaaat?) to a workout streak to a resolution run, and more. Read up, then start filling in the blank spots on your calendars!
You know what beats going H.A.M. on a jumbo-sized bottle of cheap champagne at the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, only to wake up on January 2nd with a splitting headache and the vague recollection of getting into a screaming match with someone dressed as a clown in South Philly the night before? I mean, probably, literally anything beats that (I speak from experience). But doing one of these New Year’s Day runs, workouts or yoga classes around Philly definitely does. We totally support following your sweat session with a champagne toast though. It is still New Year’s Day, after all.
There are few things that give me the kind of joy that watching Beyoncé’s Lemonade for the 3,767th time will certainly give me. Which is why, when I moved into a downward dog position at Queen Village’s Three Queens Yoga last Friday evening, settling into the first few minutes of their NamaSLAY event — a yoga series that always opens with “Formation,” and continues with music from the likes of Ja Rule, JLo and, of course, more Beyoncé — I nearly started screaming “YASSSSS,” before catching myself and reminding myself to be the courteous human my mother raised me to be.
The two-hour long class was the perfect balance of tough (lookin’ at you, goddess squats) and fun, and I left feeling like I’d a) accomplished something on a Friday night (rare) and b) had earned a glass of wine. Wine is usually a given on a Friday night in my house, but it is not always earned. I also left thinking, I wish every savasana was set to Beyoncé’s “All Night.”
And then I realized, when I’m at home, it can be.