• Apparently, adding a plant to your desk can boost productivity, creativity and all-around well-being at work. And on a Tuesday morning, I’m sure we could all use a little boost in those departments, right? So, what are you waiting for? Go scoop yourself up a sweet succulent, stat. [Huffington Post]
Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival is coming up this weekend, and if the food trucks and vendors aren’t enough of a draw for you, the free workouts just might be.
Priya Hot Yoga is about to become new kid on the block, as far as Philly yoga studios are concerned. The hot yoga studio is set to open next month at 1828 Callowhill Street in Fairmount, just around the corner from Whole Foods Market.
“There’s a lot of great energy in that neighborhood,” says co-owner Katie Sandy. “I think it’s just a very positive neighborhood, and we thought it could use something like this.”
Sandy and her two business partners, Eve D’Onofrio and Kristen King, are all yoga enthusiasts and wanted to bring a yoga studio centered on community to the Fairmount area. To wit: In addition to practice space, Priya will have a front-of-house cafe with packaged snacks and drinks from Pure Fare, Down Dog Healing Cafe, and Inspired Brews kombucha. They’ll have space for lounging before and after class, and a sit-and-eat bar with stools along the front windows.
If you love yourself a yoga selfie (don’t lie—we know you do), I’ve got good news for you: In celebration of National Yoga Month, Kimpton Philadelphia is running a yoga-selfie Instagram contest with prizes including one month of unlimited yoga at Dhyana Yoga, a 10-class yoga card at DIG Yoga and an overnight stay at Hotel Monaco or Hotel Palomar.
All good things must come to an end—including, of course, the free yoga series Urban Yoga Philly, which has been keeping us busy on Saturday mornings since June. Just a quick reminder that September 6th will be the last Urban Yoga Philly class of the season.
Manayunk’s Hotbox Yoga announced this week that it will open a new studio in West Philly; this will be the second location for the three-and-a-half year old hot-yoga studio. Hotbox will be taking over the space at 3527 Lancaster Avenue (pictured above), which was previously home to Power Yoga Works. PYW ended operations at the Philly studio on September 1st.
“After over a decade in University City, we have decided to not renew our lease at our Philadelphia studio,” wrote Power Yoga Works president Bill Raup in a message posted on the studio’s website. “I want to thank you for all your past business and support. We are very thankful and grateful in having you as our customer in Philadelphia. The Malvern studio will remain open for years to come.”
I come bearing two exciting pieces of news, you guys: First, National Yoga Month (yep, that’s a thing!) starts in exactly four days, on September 1st. Eeeee!
Secondly, even though the month has yet to begin, we’re already seeing some perks. In celebration of National Yoga Month, Bee Inspired Yoga in Woodstown, New Jersey, is offering one month of unlimited yoga for just $50 during the month of September. With a month of unlimited yoga going for upwards of $85 at some Philly studios, I’d say that’s a pretty awesome deal.
If you’re sticking around this weekend (me too!), here’s something to add to your calendar: This Friday, Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting is hosting a Summertime Sayonara yoga class-cum-happy hour on its roof deck.