Philadelphia Health Events and Pop-Up Workouts

health events january 2019

Join a yoga buffet at Mind Over Matter, one of the health events happening around Philly the month of January 2019. Photograph courtesy Mind Over Matter.


Now that all of the holiday stress and running around has subsided, it’s time to focus on you. We believe every month offers the chance for new beginnings and trying new things, and this January is no exception. Whether you’re looking to try different yoga styles at a “yoga buffet” at Mind Over Matter or you’re ready to rethink fitness with a free ice skating workout at Dilworth Park, there’s plenty to do to start your year off right. Read on to learn more about all of the January health events and wellness happenings in and around Philly.

Friday, January 4th 

YOGA BUFFET We know that the word “buffet” doesn’t necessarily sound like a healthy activity, but at Mind Over Matter it means sampling some workouts and nutritious food. This hour-long class starts with strengthening yoga sculpt and barre sequences, which are followed by a healthy buffet. Nutritionist Kim Carsia will prepare the meal and give you a few tips on healthy recipes. You can take in the knowledge while sipping on some kombucha and other (slightly) boozier beverages. Get your tickets here. $30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FREE COREFITNESS CLASSES CoreFitness is starting the new year by offering free classes to new clients for the first 10 days of January. All indoor and outdoor classes are free. While you can just show up, pre-registration for the class of your choice is appreciated. Register here. Free, various times.

Saturday, January 5th

FREE GROUNDED KIDS + GROUNDED GROWNUPS Have or know a kid over the age of six with a lot of energy to burn? Take them to Three Queens Yoga on Saturday for a free class. Their Yoga Teacher Trainees, who are learning the basics on how to teach yoga to children and teens, will instruct. The class is free, but sign up here to let them know you’re coming as space is limited. Free, 2:30 p.m.

FREE SANSOM STREET DONUT RUN The Center City Philadelphia Runner store is hosting their first Donut Run of 2019 on this Saturday. The three-mile run is a great way to get out there with a squad (and the Federal Donuts after the run are an added bonus). No pre-registration is required, just show up. Free, 9 a.m.

POUND ROCK OUT WORKOUT If you’re in the market for a workout that’s off the beaten path, this is the event for you. Elite Pole and Fitness is hosting a class that guarantees a full-body workout by using Ripstix (lightly weighted drumsticks designed for exercising). That’s right; instead of just listening to music, you become the music. Sign up here. $20 for non-members, 2 p.m.

POWER OF INTENTION: KEEPING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION Remember that resolution you made on New Year’s Eve? Well, Priya Hot Yoga has a class designed to help you keep your word and follow through. The two-hour workshop goes beyond just getting a good workout as instructor Brittany Policastro guides you on how to keep the commitments you make to yourself in 2019. All you need to bring is a pen, journal, and an open heart. Sign up here. $25, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, January 8th

SHACK TRACK AND FIELD For this event, Shake Shack teams up with Philadelphia Runner for a free community run throughout the city on the second Tuesday of the month. The three-to-five mile run begins at Philadelphia Runner’s Center City location and ends at the Shake Shack in University City. The best part: your first drink at Shake Shack post-run is on them. No pre-registration is required, just show up ready to run. Free, 6:30 p.m.

FREE CENTER CITY FIT Take to the ice to get fit! The Dilworth Park Rothman Rink is offering free weekly classes led by professional trainers every Tuesday from January 8th until February 19th. This is a great way to get moving in a unique way. There is no pre-registration required, just show up. Free, 12 p.m.

Thursday, January 10th

FREE FISHTOWN BEER RUNNERS Join the Fishtown Beer Runners for a run around the city that ends at Gran Caffe L’Aquila. The running club meets every Thursday for three-to-five mile runs followed by a stop at a local pub or restaurant for a drink and some grub. This is a free event with no pre-registration required. Free, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 11th

THE BEYONCE YOGA EXPERIENCE Unleash your inner Yoncé during the Beyoncé Yoga Experience at Priya Hot Yoga. Slay by yourself or invite your girls along to create your own Destiny Child-inspired crew. This hour-and-a-half-long class will guide you through an empowering vinyasa practice to the soundtrack of the Queen Bey. Sign up here. $25, 6:30 P.M.

Saturday, January 12th

FREE YOGA AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER The Discovery Center is committed to taking strides to improve health and wellness in the community. The center has partnered with the Yoga and Movement Sanctuary to bring free yoga classes to an unserved community. The class takes place overlooking a formerly hidden reservoir in East Fairmount Park. No pre-registration is required; just show up. Free, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 20th

CHILLY CHEEKS 11K TRAIL RUN If you want to push yourself to the limits and run along the beautiful trails of Mount Penn, this is the run for you. Pretzel City Sports in Reading is hosting the Chilly Cheeks 11k Trail Run for the tough and rugged. The nearly seven-mile race takes place in snow, rain, or even bitter cold, so dress appropriately if you  dare to join. You can register here. $39, registration opens at 8:45 a.m., race at 10 a.m.

VEGAN ITALIAN DINNER Join Best of Philly winners Namaste Nourish at their “Sunday Gravy” dinner, featuring a five-course vegan dinner party. The meal will take place at the Water Ice Factory in Port Richmond, and it’ll feature a menu of salad, sweet potato gnocci, crisp artichoke, bolognese, and tiramisu — all vegan! Tickets can be purchased here. $70, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 26th

PILATES AND POURS Real Girl Pilates is teaming up with Eclipse Brewing to bring you a unique experience they rightfully call Pilates and Pours. The hour-long Pilates class will provide a stellar workout that will be followed by your choice of one pour or a flight of beer. We know everyone isn’t into beer, but Eclipse also offers non-beer options in a cool atmosphere where you can hang post-sweat. Get your ticket here. $20, 10:30 a.m.

FREE MIND OVER MATTER GRAND OPENING Celebrate the grand opening of Old City’s newest yoga and barre studio, Mind Over Matter, with this full-day, free open house. The morning will start at 9 a.m. with 30 minutes of coffee and snacks, followed by a Mind Over Matter signature class at 9:30 a.m. You can also hop into a Vigorous Vinyasa class at 11 a.m., or join a Barre Bootcamp at 1 p.m. or a Bliss Yoga session at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here. Free, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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