Charla Okewole's lifelong dedication to yoga ignited in one of the most unusual places—a Manhattan conference room. Since discovering asanas against the Big Apple skyline as part of a corporate wellness campaign in 2002, she's studied beneath several yoga and Thai yoga massage experts, including the creator of Yoga Babies, Gail Silver. Charla, a busy mother herself, infuses the unflagging energy of children into her practice, filling sessions with encouragement, laughter, and fun.
She leads a diverse team of instructors who help students of all abilities and experience levels awaken their inner spirits and sing lullabies to their inner demons during Power Yoga classes heavily influenced by the Baptiste tradition. Instead of expecting students to defy their bodily limitations, instructors blend aspects of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga to create custom classes that are both challenging and uplifting. The studio's diverse lineup unsurprisingly includes children's classes, yoga integrated with dance and martial arts, and restorative yin yoga.
Become Yoga's instructors spread the good word beyond the walls and alligator-filled moats of their own yoga studio. They hold weekly community classes, the proceeds of which support local and international charities, including The Africa Yoga Project.
Wake Up Yoga is a Vinyasa (flow-style) and Yin (passive yoga) studio with three locations: in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, and Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. Our spaces are warm and inviting, the walls are the color of butternut squash, the teachers are excellent..
Studio 34's experienced yogis unbundle tightly wound bodies and relieve stresses in a variety of drop-in yoga classes. The gentle Vinyasa session combines meditation and Pranayama to harmonize minds, bodies, and spirit animals, and the yoga Rise and Shine class guides early risers through a series of asanas to promote full-body energy and remove early-morning joint rust. For position posers yet to dabble in body bending, Forrest yoga basics imparts participants of all skill levels with yoga essentials including breathing techniques, fundamental poses, and how to scratch your ear with your big toe. To include even the busiest of bees and people, classes are scheduled every day of the week with convenient times in the evenings and during the weekends.
The “Str8Beasting” workout is geared toward bringing out your inner beast––and failure is not an option. This isn't as nefarious as it sounds. It means that Str8Beasting Fitness takes an integrative approach to fitness. By combining traditional exercises such as calisthenics and cardio with nutritional advice and life counseling, trainers can help improve your overall lifestyle and attitude––and that's how you become a beast.
The eight instructors at Bikram Yoga University City lead students in the hot-yoga style during their 30 weekly classes. During each 90-minute class, they guide students of all ages and skill levels through Bikram's series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises while cranking up the heat to a steamy 105 degrees with 40% humidity. In addition to increasing oxygen uptake in the lungs, the heat loosens sinews and joints for safer, deeper stretching and expelling toxins through sweat. According to Philadelphia magazine, the studio also offers a work-study program, which allows students to take yoga classes in exchange for doing chores, such as washing floors and mirrors or steam cleaning carpets and the instructors.
Built on the top of the building's original roof, the new 5,000-square-foot facility features locker rooms with showers, cubbies, and changing spaces, as well as a spacious yoga studio equipped with antibacterial and antimicrobial carpeting.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.