Philly’s Best Outdoor Yoga Classes
Elevate Your Practice
Take yourself high above the frustrations of daily life at the Morris Arboretum for four Sundays this summer at Yoga Out on a Limb. Jennifer Schelter leads this high-flying Vinyasa session on a tree canopy 50 feet off the ground, creating “a space of peace, flight, and adventure.” Try it for the first time on June 5 (see additional dates below) and get there early; spots are awarded to the first 30 arrivals. Members, $20 per session; non-members, $25 per session. June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11, 8:30AM – 10AM, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, 215-247-5777.
Unwind after a long workday with Vinyasa yoga in the serene Morris Arboretum gardens with the Yoga Around the Garden: Ten Enchanted Evenings series. Perfect for beginners, the class —also led by Jennifer Schelter – covers the basics of yoga while allowing you to soak in the gardens’ summer scents, warm air and peaceful quiet. Held on 10 Tuesday evenings throughout the season, each class will take place in a different area of the Arboretum. $25, Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9; 7PM – 8:15PM, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-247-5777.
Many new moms struggle to regain their pre-baby bodies, but a regular yoga practice is one of the fastest ways to tighten and tone post-pregnancy. Try it under the great blue sky with Yoga Mamas, a new outdoor class held at Green Lake Park in Western Montgomery County. The class targets areas that suffer during pregnancy and childbirth, like the abdominal wall and back muscles, to improve strength, stamina, and posture. It’s also a great way to relax and have fun with other new moms in your area. $15, Wednesdays starting June 21, 10AM, Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, email@example.com.
A Bird’s-Eye View
As the weather heats up, Marlene and Ed Nawrocki of Narwocki Fitness take their downward dogs to the sundeck at the 1500 Locust Apartment Complex in Rittenhouse. The view of the city’s skyline from 45 stories up is breathtaking, and will quickly pop any stress bubble currently hanging over your head. Bonus: Ed’s a drummer and often sets the rhythm of class with live bongo music. How’s that for a change? $25, May 31, 7:30PM (see calendar for additional offerings), 1500 Locust Street, 215-670-2030.
Wide Open Spaces
Escape from city life with Yoga in Nature’s weekly classes set on a 20-acre horse farm in Mullica, New Jersey. First-time yogis should check out the Easy Goes Yoga for Joy Wednesday session for a more gentle, but still invigorating, version of Thursday’s challenging Yoga for Joy class, which incorporates different styles and poses to give you a varied and more advanced workout. Both classes promise to relax and revitalize you, all outside in the fresh evening air. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5:45PM – 7:00PM, 655 Franklinville Road, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, 856-469-7497.