Exciting news, yogis. A new studio called Yoga Home is setting up shop in Conshohocken, with a rough opening date pegged for late February 2014. It will be located at 424 East Elm Street.
Yoga Home is the brainchild of former Be Well contributor and longtime Philly-area yoga instructor Maura Manzo and her business partner/fellow yogi Kerri Hanlon. ”A big point of distinction between ours and other studios is that we are creating a community space where people can grab a fresh juice, green smoothie or cup of tea and connect with other students before or after class,” says Manzo. Hence, you know, the whole “home” thing.
The studio will offer everything from vinyasa to yin to kid’s yoga, as well as meditation classes. Right now, Manzo and Hanlon are gauging interest in specific classes so they can nail down a schedule. If you’d like to weigh in, take their survey here.
Demo and construction on the space is already underway.
Let’s count how many yoga-etiquette rules are broken here, shall we? Aaaaand, go.
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So there’s this new page on Facebook called My Real Yoga Body. I found it by way of internationally known yogi Kathryn Budig, who seems to have just discovered the page herself. It launched on October 28th and is basically a feed of user-submitted photos of “real” yoga bodies—i.e. normal people, of all shapes and sizes, practicing yoga.
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Diana Vitarelli // Photo via Instagram
Editor’s note from Emily Leaman: Between all the turkey eating and pie devouring last week, I managed to find time to catch up on my blog reading. I stumbled on to a recent post on Dhyana Yoga’s website, written by Diana Vitarelli, entitled: “We Don’t Care What You Wear.” The piece is a long, detailed confessional from Diana, who co-owns Dhyana’s four Philly-area studios with her husband, John, all about why she and John decided to call it quits as official “ambassadors” for Lululemon Athletica.
If you’re unfamiliar with Lulu’s ambassador program, it’s basically a reciprocal yoga sponsorship, whereby local Lululemon stores partner with a handful of yoga instructors in the community and give them free clothing, merch, and promotion in exchange for their teaching free classes, teaming up on Lulu events, and, of course, wearing Lulu clothes while they teach you yoga. After a year in the program, Diana and John wanted out, and her post explains why.
With her permission, I’ve reposted Diana’s post below. Read it in full, then share your thoughts and opinions in the comments. Emphasis and opinion are the writer’s own.
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If you’re planning on taking part in the madness that is Black Friday (Side note: You are a person I will never understand), consider heading to Lululemon in the King of Prussia Mall for a crack-of-dawn yoga class before the holiday-shopping insanity begins. Or you can use it as a way to wind down after your all-night shopping spree, since some stores at KOP will be open starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.
Either way, Lulu will open at 5 a.m. for a one-hour class, ending with a much-needed mind-clearing savasana. Yogis who participate will then be able to so shop before the masses from 6 to 7 a.m.
They’ve got the deets on their Facebook page.
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Okay, so track with me on this one. Tomorrow night Allie Conover and Nicole Cucinotta are hosting a yoga class/rock concert as part of YogaRocksLive, their yoga/live music mashup initiative that raises money for local charities. The event includes an all-levels power vinyasa class and a double-header show with New Orleans-based band the Revivalists and Connecticut-based band Kung Fu—all at the Blockley. The bar will be open (natch) and serving up Vitacoco cocktails.
Tickets are $30 and a portion of proceeds go to Girls Rock Philly, an organization that leverages music as a means for mentorship. Get your tickets here.
$30, November 23rd at 6 p.m., The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut Street, West Philly.
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Yoga can be relaxing, invigorating, exciting, exhausting and so much more. And then there are those times when it’s just dreadful. Because we at Be Well Philly have our own least favorite yoga poses (Curse you, Camel Pose!), we thought it would be interesting to hear about asana angst from an instructor—or in this case, five instructors.
Below, we convinced five of Philly’s top yoga instructors to cop to their least favorite yoga poses. You know, the ones that make them go, “Uuuugh!” Here’s what they had to say. Read more »
It’s better to bend than to break—so the proverb goes. But what if the bending causes the breakage?
Earlier this month the New York Times reported on a problem within the yoga community: the rise of a condition called femoroacetabluar impingement (FAI). Because of their naturally greater flexibility, female yogis are much more prone to developing this painful condition, in which the bones and cartilage of the hip joint become damaged or inflamed. In severe cases, women’s hips must be surgically repaired, or even replaced.
One of the best ways to prevent FAI and ensure years of fruitful yoga practice is to strengthen the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the hip joint: the glutes (butt muscles), abductors (top-of-the-butt muscles) and adductors (inner thigh muscles), to name a few.
And believe it or not, a simple resistance-training program will not only prevent hip injury, it will also make you more flexible, since flexibility is often limited not by the pliability of the stretched muscle, but by the strength of the opposing muscle to safely hold the end range of motion. In other words, if you’re not building strength, your body will simply not allow you to achieve a position that it doesn’t have the strength to support.
To build real-world strength, you have to use real-world weight. Here are three moves you can use to strengthen your hips and build muscle. But don’t worry—this program won’t make you bulk up. It’ll complement the lithe physique you get from a regular yoga practice.
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Yogi Power Yoga, a studio just across the Walt Whitman in Washington Township, New Jersey, will celebrate its two-year anniversary this weekend, with three free classes on Saturday to celebrate. The 8:30 a.m. class will last an hour, while the other two—at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—are slightly longer at 75 minutes. Expect flowing Vinyasa sequences in a heated studio. Translation: Get ready to sweat.
Sign up for classes here.
279 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township.