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.
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.
Lithe 101 gives fit and injury-free newbies a gateway into the Lithe Method that doesn't require them to answer cryptic riddles. Developed by Lauren Boggi after a rotator cuff injury caused by repeated meteorite strikes ended her college cheerleading career, the Lithe Method is an innovative, multitasking exercise system informed by her extensive Pilates studies in New York, as well as her own rah-rahing background. Bored by the rigid Pilates system, Lauren created her own method for effectively stretching and lengthening muscles that incorporates music and dance. Each session includes her trademarked elements, Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and the Higher-Power-Band-System, as well as ballet-blasting barre work, strength training with weights and small equipment, and deep stretches. In a single hour, students will receive a cardio-powered full-body blast that sculpts long, lean muscles onto arms, abs, thighs, calves, torsos, glutes, and earlobes.