Yoga is a great way to stay balanced physically, mentally and spiritually. The tripod of health indicates that focusing on strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular / aerobic fitness contributes to that balance. Some types of yoga cover all three! There are many styles of yoga that accommodate every fitness level, from gentle beginners to vigorous advanced. If you are new to yoga, or have physical limitations or accommodations to consider, discuss these with your yoga teacher prior to class so they can incorporate appropriate modifications for you. Chances are, you are not the only one, and other students will be grateful to learn several approaches to a pose, so don’t be afraid to speak up!
Tim Wagner, Founder and Executive Director of Roots2Rise, further discusses the benefits of yoga:
Yoga and Mindfulness
In its simplest of forms, yoga is moving your body from shape to shape and breathing while you do so. Your breathing is the most important thing. The movements into shapes (poses) up and down, back and forth, right and left, twist or not to twist are interchangeable and are always sequenced with your inhales and your exhales.
Yoga is movement with breath. Mindfulness is breath with awareness. The combination of the two are magical.
When you slow down and put your attention on your breathing you create awareness of yourself in a new way. Not only do your calm down the activity in your brain, you also begin to understand the physical space that you occupy. It’s about slowing down, pausing to reflect on you, giving yourself time to connect with your body and being aware of who you are and how important your actions are.
The amazing thing about breathing is that you have to do it. It is a requirement for living. You can breathe with awareness in any fitness activity you do. An example? There are lots of them. Biking and mindfully breathing, walking and mindfully breathing, bowling and mindfully breathing. Swimming, basketball, baseball, football, soccer…. all wellness activities have the ability of becoming more personal, more powerful, more connected when you slow down and focus on the air going into your body and the air going out of your body.
Got it? Good! Now all together, take a deep breath in and take a long breath out.
Here is a list of our public community classes. All classes moderate vinyasa (flow) unless otherwise marked.If we have to cancel, which occasionally happens, we post updates on our Facebook page. We also keep the class list up to date on the website, so please check in.
Philadelphia Parks and Rec. Facilities Suggested donation of $5
BYO Mat, however, every center has some mats if you need to borrow one.
Monday: Houston Rec. Center – (Andorra) – 6:30-7:30pm – 900 Grakyn Ln. Philadelphia, PA. 19128 – No Classes in the Summer: Resuming after Labor Day
Monday: Schmidt Playground – (Fairhill) – 6-7pm – 113 W Ontario St, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Tuesday: DiSilvestro Playground – (Point Breeze/South Philly) – 6:30-7:30pm – 1701 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Tuesday: Francisville Playground – (Fairmount/Francisville) – 7-8pm – FREE! – Outside, Weather Permitting! Swim Philly in the summer and continuing in the fall at the Rec. Center! – 1737 Francis St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Wednesday: Towey Rec. Center – (Kensington) – 6-6:50pm – 1832 N. Howard St. Philadelphia, PA 19122
Thursday: Kendrick Rec. Center – (Roxborough) – 6:30-7:30pm GENTLE / LOW IMPACT – 5822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19128
Friday: Simons Rec. Center (East Mt. Airy) – 6-7pm – 7200 Woolston Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Saturday: Venice Island Performing Arts and Rec. Center (Manayunk) 10-11am – Outside, Weather Permitting – 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Sunday: Manayunk Bridge – 10-11am – Outside, Weather Permitting End of Dupont St, Philadelphia PA 19127
Parks on Tap Every Thursday 6:30-7:30 BYO Mat
Suggested donation of $10. Everyone who donates gets a $1 off coupon for use at the beer garden after class.
8/31 – Clivedon Park
9/7 – Mt. Pleasant
9/14 – Pretzel Park
9/21 – Burholme Park
9/28 – Powers Park