Rooftop Yoga Is Back at South Philly’s Bok — With Expanded Schedule! 

Photo by Abby Mayer

Photo by Abby Mayer

If you never got around to getting your downward dog on at the rooftop of South Philly’s Bok building, formerly Bok Technical High School, last summer, you can wipe away your tears now. Katie Gould, the yoga teacher behind last year’s awesome rooftop classes at Bok, just let us know the rooftop classes will officially be making a comeback this Sunday, July 31st. AND they’ve added weeknight classes to the schedule, too!

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The Checkup: One Major Reason to Choose Hot Coffee Over Iced Coffee

• As someone who’s been drinking coffee since I was old enough to ride the school bus, having a cup of joe in the morning isn’t just an option; it’s a serious must. And when I’m running out the door, tight on time, I will scoop up a cup from the closest shop, and if it’s hot out, you better believe I am going for an iced coffee. But it looks like, if caffeine is my goal (and it is), this choice is one that could cost me in the pick-me-up department. The way iced coffee is brewed could mean less caffeine. NOOOOOO. [Science of Us] Read more »

The Checkup: The Unexpected Food That’s Packed With Post-Workout Powers

• Sometimes, when my family eats out, a plate will be garnished with a flower and my mom will swallow it right down with the rest of her meal. “Mom, it’s for decoration, you don’t eat it … ” we all say. But perhaps she’s onto something. (Mom’s are always right, aren’t they?) Perhaps flowers are more than a beautiful decoration. According to science, edible flowers offer a whole host of health benefits including some serious post-workout anti-inflammatory powers. [Runner’s World] Read more »

Hotel Palomar Now Has Happy Hour Yoga (With Free Wine!) Every Monday

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Photo via Paul Gelsobello

Yoga at Kimpton Hotel | Photo by Paul Gelsobello

So it seems the folks over at Kimpton Hotels can’t get enough of giving us cheap fitness and we are not complaining. You may remember a few weeks ago when Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco held a day full of $7 fitness classes to benefit Back on My Feet Philadelphia. Well now, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse has partnered with Philly Yoga Factory to create a weekly yoga program they called Asanas and Aperitifs. And it’s basically the happiest happy hour ever.  Read more »

Beer Garden Yoga: Parks on Tap Hosting Pay-What-You-Wish Yoga All Summer

Parks on Tap | Photo via Facebook

Parks on Tap | Photo via Facebook

Calling all yogis! We have the perfect Saturday plans for you for the rest of the summer (you’re welcome). We just learned that the folks over Rittenhouse’s Maha Yoga are hosting pay-what-you-wish yoga classes every Saturday at Parks on Tap, the floating beer garden that’s popping up at Philly parks all summer long.

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MORE Free Fitness?! Wellness Wednesdays at The Oval Kick Off Next Week

Yoga at The Oval | Photo via Facebook

Yoga at The Oval | Photo via Facebook

Good news, people: Wellness Wednesdays at The Oval — their weekly day of free fitness programming — are about to make a BIG comeback. With everything from evening power yoga classes with Fairmount’s Yoga Habit to Cardio Kickboxing with Rittenhouse’s CKO Kickboxing to cardio dance classes put on by Philly Dance Fitness, there is something for everyone — and it won’t cost you a penny. Read more »

10 YouTube Yoga Videos You Should Have Bookmarked

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PeopleImages/iStock.com

We all have those days: Maybe you hit the snooze button one too many times, or maybe you had to stay at work late to hit a deadline. Whatever the reason is, you missed your favorite yoga class: Noooooooo. But before you freak out, note: there’s no need for you to forego your daily yoga sesh just because life got in the way — the Internet, per usual, is here to save the day.

After doing some digging, we’ve rounded up 10 the awesome YouTube yoga videos to help you get your zen on even when you miss your favorite class. From yoga for core strength to yoga for weight loss to energizing morning yoga, there’s a video to meet every yogi’s needs. I’m going to go ahead and say you’re welcome in advance.  Read more »

YES: These Public Pools Will Host Free Yoga and Water Workouts All Summer  

Poolside yoga at Francisville pop-up pool | Photo via Instagram.

Poolside yoga at Francisville pop-up pool | Photo via Instagram.

You know what’s better than doing outdoor yoga in the summertime? Doing outdoor yoga next to a pool that you can dip your toes in afterward. And lucky for you, Swim Philly, the city initiative responsible for revamping four of the city’s public pools this year, just announced a schedule of free fitness happening at those pools along with the Francisville pop-up pool all summer long. And yes: Said schedule DOES include poolside yoga.

I could honestly cry tears of joy right now. Read more »

6 Wake-Up Yoga Poses to Boost Energy and Jump-Start Digestion

Coffee. Oh, beloved coffee. Many of us are lost without it. But — while we wouldn’t dare urge you to abandon your caffeine addiction altogether — it is worth noting that there are other ways to wake up your brain and body.

Case in point: Here, Maura Manzo, co-founder of Conshohocken’s Yoga Home (you may recognize her from this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp) walks us through six very doable (read: beginner-friendly) yoga poses that will help give you a dose of caffeine-free energy when you wake up (or when you need a 2 p.m. energy boost), along with jump-starting your digestion and gearing you up for a day spent at a desk. Check ’em out below.
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The Checkup: The Weird Probiotic-Packed Food You Should Be Adding to Your Smoothies

• Maybe I’m just behind on the times but for me, sauerkraut has always strictly been a delicious dinner side. Apparently, though, the probiotic-heavy food can be so much more. From a tangy smoothie add-in to avocado stuffer, the fermented cabbage is way more versatile than you (and I) may have initially assumed. [Well + Good]
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