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.
Practice Vinyasa (flow-style) and Yin (passive) yoga at Wake Up Yoga’s cute, low-key, one-room studio situated on a leafy residential street in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood. True to its name, Wake Up Yoga has plenty of morning classes to invigorate the start of the day, including a 6:30 a.m. option on Tuesdays and Thursdays for true early birds. For everyone else, grab an afternoon or evening class, with levels running from beginner to advanced. With its laid-back attitude, Wake Up Yoga offers drop-in pricing with no registration, or customers can pay ahead for a future full of flowy yoga sessions. Workshops and teacher training are also offered for folks looking to take their poses and breathing to the next level.
Fountain of Yoga's staff focuses on motivating its clients toward complete wellness through yoga, and tension- and pain-relieving therapies. In calming, subdued lighting, the instructors lead students through Vinyasa yoga classes in which they synchronize deep breathing to a quick, flowing series of poses. In each session, students can perform more challenging or easier movements based on their abilities, and the instructors walk around the classroom to offer slight modifications to help them to perfect their technique. Furthering their relaxation services, instructors soothe clients and assuage their aches with massage and reiki services by appointment.
The variety of classes and comforting environment at the studio earned it a nod for the Best Yoga Studio in the area on CityVoter. There are classes for beginners as well as sessions for more advanced enthusiasts. Start your week with an empowering Monday Success session, or end your week with the relaxing, deep-breathing Thank God It's Friday class. A variety of other classes are offered in between and outside these weekly bookends. Check the schedule for the complete details, dates, and times of upcoming classes. Stop by 30 minutes before class time to meet and greet with the instructors and to barter your family recipes and beaver pelts for their insider yoga tips.
One Yoga Philly trains bodies and minds toward inner peace with personalized instruction for students of all levels. Designed primarily for home use and all levels of experience, the 21-day meditation program encourages serenity seekers to meditate for at least 21 minutes a day for 21 consecutive days. An astute instructor prescribes a meditation guide to students, complete with worksheets that help them integrate meditation into their day-to-day lives. One Yoga Philly also delivers fresh inspiration to inboxes and brain-implanted phones via a daily email packed with tips and additional brief exercises. Augment at-home meditations with four one-hour sessions in One Yoga Philly’s studio or outdoor urban zen garden, depending on weather and layout of the class, where yogis may respire in unison and commit to their practice together. For studio sessions, One Yoga Philly provides mats and all necessary equipment.
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.