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.
While studying under renowned Ashtanga masters, Mark Nelson, owner of The Yoga Garden, learned that each person receives unique benefits from their yoga practice—be it the calmness felt postclass or the increased physical strength gained from core-centric poses. His roster of instructors, a diversely trained group, teaches with this knowledge in mind. The guiding yogis include a prenatal yoga master, a former philosophy student and martial artist, and a published author who pens poetry when she is not positioned in downward facing dog. The faculty also offers lessons in Pilates and meditation, allowing clients to choose from multiple, mat-paved routes to inner peace.
At Dana Hot Yoga, the path to relaxation is sprinkled with sweat. Within a heated studio, Vinyasa classes—which accommodate both advanced yogis and beginners—mix rigorous sequences with meditative breaks. By varying the pace and intensity, instructors ensure each workout targets almost every muscle while bringing the mind to stillness. And the warmth is an integral part of the experience as well, as it helps loosen up tendons so they flex further and release stored toxins.
Even though the environment is hot, the prevailing attitude is anything but. Teachers stress that students needn't be flexible or have ball bearings installed in their joints before taking their courses. For them, consistent practice and a positive outlook are more important than perfection.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.
Raja Yoga roughly translates as "the royal path," a reference to the full eight branches of the practice sprouting from its Himalayan roots. Beyond simple stretching, yoga in its original incarnation encompassed breathing exercises and philosophical thought. Raja Yoga's yogis explore all aspects of the ancient workout through Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
Philly Power Yoga stretches soul sacks of all skill levels with its selection of limb-limbering classes. Skilled instructors guide students through yogic sessions held in 90-degree heat, which stretches and stimulates muscles and flushes out tension and any remaining subdermal cannon balls. Keep connective tissues happily bonded with their ligament brethren with a yin yoga class, or hone poses and practice breath work in a classical Hatha class. Check the class schedule for class times and dates.