Yoga is an amazing mind and body exercise system that’s been practiced for 5,000 years. Yoga vastly improves flexibility and increases strength and muscle tone as well as athletic performance. A consistent practice of yoga will also instill greater balance and improve breathing and oxygen intake.
If you want to get into great shape–perhaps the best shape of your life–then yoga is the workout for you. Fortunately, The City of Brotherly Love has some of the top yoga studios in the country.
Price: monthly unlimited packages start at $100
Yoga Child, located on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, describes itself as “serene and green.” As the name implies, they specialize in prenatal and postpartum classes, as well as child and family programs. The studio also has a special program that prepares expectant mothers for giving birth and moving through labor. The idea is to calm fears women may have regarding delivery and labor and learning breathing techniques. Yoga Child is the recipient of numerous ‘Best of Philly’ awards.
Yoga on Main
Price: monthly unlimited $108
Yoga on Main is located along Philadelphia’s popular Main Street in Manayunk. The philosophy of the studio centers around a holistic and spiritual approach to yoga and life in general. The goal of Yoga on Main is to “deepen your connection to the divine” in your daily living. They also present special international guests from the yoga world, as well as offer training certification classes for aspiring yoga teachers.
Shanti Yoga Shala
Price: $50 for 21 days unlimited
Shanti Yoga Shala is located in Center City, Philadelphia at the corner of 12th and Spruce Streets. The studio offers both Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes with “an emphasis on traditional teaching styles.” Shanti Yoga Shala prides itself on being a yoga community and frequently hosts seasonal parties and events. They also provide workshops on yoga-related disciplines, such as Thai massage, and breathing practices.
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Yoga Schelter can be found in the newly renovated Sherman Mills inside a light-filled studio in Philadelphia’s East Falls section. This studio believes in “the art of being who you are,” and considers itself both a yoga and an art studio. The focus is on Asana, or physical postures, and Dhyana, or meditation. Yoga Schelter’s core goal for its students is a quest towards “creative visualization.” The studio also plays host host to retreats and yoga parties.
Philly Power Yoga
Price: $70 monthly unlimited
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Philly Power Yoga is located in Philadelphia’s Center City along Walnut Street. They focus on the cardiovascular benefits of yoga, and their signature power Vinyasa yoga class is non-stop and combines traditional yoga poses with cardiovascular exercise. They also offer Pilates and nutritional guidance, as well as unique workshops such as “Yoga and Chocolate.”
If you live or work in the Philadelphia area, then you will find everything you need as you embark on your yoga journey. Remember to take it one breath at a time and that yoga just makes you feel great!
Darren Hunter is an author, lecturer, and freelancer covering travel and outdoors around Philadelphia. His third book, The Exile Project, was set in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park at Valley Green. His work can be found at Examiner.com.