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.
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.
Anjali Power Yoga's instructors elucidate the techniques of Baptiste Power Vinyasa, adapting the dynamic asana sequences for students of all skill levels. After raising temperatures to approximately 90 degrees and boosting the humidity with hundreds of whistling teapots, attentive staff members guide students through 75-minute Power Vinyasa yoga classes, which pair flowing transitions with controlled inhalations and exhalations for a focused, muscle-challenging workout. Sunrise Power sessions meet as early as 6:30 a.m., jolting neurons awake and increasing flexibility with a powerful series of poses that flow together as seamlessly as a shopping list written in iambic pentameter. During each class, instructors help students by offering subtle postural adjustments while pacing atop the studio's gleaming wood floors, which were made in an eco-friendly manner by using reclaimed toothpicks.
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.
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.
Sankhya strives to connect both beginning benders and supple stretchers with the mind-body-spirit trifecta of yoga, with a community-focused study of its traditional principles. When practiced correctly and on a regular basis, yoga can tone limbs, increase all-over flexibility, and give practitioners the ability to catch for the Yankees.