Spring is often touted as the season for broadening horizons, but it can be argued that fall is an even better chance to jump on that thing you’ve been meaning to try. Fall offers us the opportunity to close the year outright, and what better way to do that than by celebrating National Yoga Month? There’s plenty of yoga events to explore and participate in right here in Philly if you’re looking to pick up your newest hobby.
Katie Gould started the rooftop yoga program at the Bok Building in 2015, and it’s only grown more popular since. Every second and fourth Tuesday through September, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city while you practice your warrior poses. Gould even added a post-class happy hour at Bok Bar, inviting other yoga instructors to teach. Think Mariel Freeman of Three Queens and Justicia DeClue of Maha Yoga—all included in this year’s lineup. In September, the money collected will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 1901 S. Ninth St., 6 PM, Tickets $15, kgstrongtraining.com
Hosted by Yoga Hive Philly, the Unconventional Wellness Festival on September 7th features Vinyasa flow yoga, which aims to synchronize movement with breath. After you’re done relaxing those muscles, munch on food from the local vendors like Ole Tapas food truck and Zazou Teas and Tinctures. You can then attend a seminar led by Dr. Sidney Cohen, psychologist and author of Your Self-Sabotaging Inner Bully: Standing Up To It Once and For All. There’s even an exclusive workout led by P.volve Fitness, which aims to have you master precise movements that activate hard-to-reach muscles. Roxborough YMCA, 12-3PM, Tickets $30, yogahivephilly.com
The Bourse Food Hall is getting even better with their new yoga series, offered every Saturday during the summer, now through Labor Day. After you’re done with the class led by Sweat Fitness instructors, you can sip on complimentary bloody marys or dine on a breakfast sandwich courtesy of Grubhouse. Plus—100 percent of the proceeds go to local charities such as Morris Animal Refuge and Broad Street Ministry. 111 S. Independence Mall E., 9 AM, Tickets $5, theboursephilly.com.
For the sixth season, the Delaware River Waterfront and yoga instructor Malik Wilson are partnering up to offer Philly residents and tourists alike a chance to practice yoga right on the edge of the river. In addition to their regular classes, Yoga on the Pier holds special events on holidays where classes will feature special exercises that day only. After, visit all the waterfront has to offer from the food in Spruce Street Harbor Park or the ferris wheel at the Blue Cross Riverrink. Race Street Pier, Class times vary, free, delawareriverwaterfront.com
Photography by: Bok Bar photo by Chris Kendig; Unconventional Wellness photo by Yoga Hive Philly; Yoga at the Bourse photo courtesy of Erin Murphy; Race Street Pier photo by Matt Stanley