Knowledgeable, friendly locals enlighten visitors on their city's rich history, art, culture, and dining scene during Philadelphia Urban Adventures' informative walking excursions. Following a philosophy of responsible travel—which aims to support local businesses whenever possible—the guides steer sightseers through intriguing neighborhoods and districts such as Center City, the 9th Street Italian Market, and the campuses of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Along the way, they make pit stops at local pubs, cafés, galleries, and food trucks, working to cultivate an authentic experience for all guests. They also dispense helpful tips, such as how to talk to locals and where to find good views of cheesesteaks in their natural habitat.
The 2000 World Census determined that there's the same number of styles of yoga as there are practitioners (3.7 billion). With today’s Groupon you can sample them all (Chi yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acroyoga, etc): $49 gets you a month of unlimited classes at Dhyana Yoga. With four locations, Dhyana offers more than 100 classes per month covering the gamut of styles—from breathing-based Kundalini yoga to butt-kicking Ashtanga to about six different versions of Vinyasa flow. Because you can hop around to the different locations, you’re sure to find a class that fits your mood, exercise interests, or hairstyle.
Sunlight streams into Urbanfront Pilates through the large, second-story windows, reflects off mirrors that cover entire walls, and illuminates hardworking exercisers tightening core muscles. The purple and green studio is home to eight different group classes, led by expert instructors who believe that a strong core is the foundation for full-body health. They walk customers through how to tighten tummies with various pieces of equipment, such as the Tower class's spring-resistance apparatuses or the Xtend class's ballet barre. In mat classes, students use only body resistance and mental images of the Vitruvian Man's hot cousin to aid in chiseling physiques. Dedicated to fostering community within the studio, Urbanfront Pilates hosts teacher training by Power Pilates–trained professionals who help pupils transform their passion into a livelihood.
Pilates is a low-impact, total-body discipline that focuses on the core torso muscles to help keep the body balanced, toned, and energized. Workouts utilize resistance machines, natural body resistance, stretching, and controlled breathing to build long, lean muscles while promoting physical and mental cohesion so evil slugs can't get between your brain and your ears. During three 30-minute private lessons at Star Pilates, your experienced instructor will meet you at your ability level to ensure that you complete each exercise for maximum safety and benefit. Each session focuses on a different set of classical techniques, teaching you the Pilates basics that will help you meet your goals, especially if your goals are to become better at Pilates or underwater moonwalking. Star's trainer Amy Berger is certified in Pilates by Romana Kryzanowska, the world-renowned protégé of the method's creator, Joseph Pilates.
The dedicated instructors at Yoga Child impart insight into a smorgasbord of yogi styles that improve flexibility and focus. Bolster cores during Restorative Yoga, a class emphasizing basics such as breath, mobility, and knowledge of Yanni's B-sides. Yogis with at least one year of experience can bend through the Vinyasa class, which closely links breath with fluid kinesthesia. Yoga Child's children's classes let the little ones learn yoga basics in fun sessions such as Pajama Yoga, geared for kiddos aged 4–8. The peaceful studio, which is drenched in natural light, invites yogis to amble into classes any day of the week.
Led by seasoned hatha yoga practitioner Valerie Rushmere, Studio 1831 immerses guests in an environment focused on fitness and spiritual health. Also a master belly dancer who performs under the stage name Valarina, Rushmere leads classes that cover the beguilingly, sinuous shimmies of Egyptian and cabaret-style belly dance as well as friendly, open yoga sessions. Body conditioning is another one of the studio's fun, energetic pathways to obtain a toned physique. In addition to classes, Studio 1831 offers Art of Burlesque girls' nights out, wherein groups of up to 20 learn exotic dance moves.