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:
“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.”
Philly Powered Yoga Classes at Community Schools
Logan (1700 Lindley Ave): Mondays from 4:30pm-5:30pm on 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30
Dobbins (2150 W. Lehigh Ave): Saturdays from 11:00am-12:00n on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12
South Philly HS (2101 S. Broad St.): Wednesdays from 4:45pm-5:45pm on 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16
These classes are FREE and open to anyone! There will be giveaways for participating in the majority of the classes. High school students can participate with a signed parent permission slip.
Weekly Community Class Schedule and Locations
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(For Outside Classes please check the Roots2 Rise Facebook Page for Weather updates and Cancellations!)
Monday: Port Richmond Free Library – (Port Richmond) 6:30-7:30pm – Meghan Kolp – 2987 Almond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134 – Free to Attend
Monday: Palmer Playground – (North East Philadelphia) 6:30-7:30 – Maripat McGlynn – 3035 Comly Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154 – $5 Donation Class
Monday: Hillside Rec. Center – (Roxborough) – 7-8p – Anthony Levering – 201 Fountain St. Philadelphia, PA. 19128 – $5 Donation Class
Tuesday: The Village of Arts and Humanities – (North Philadelphia) 1:30-2:30pm – Jenna Brown – 2544 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19133
Tuesday: DiSilvestro Playground – (Point Breeze/South Philly) – 6:30-7:30pm – Becca Curry- 1701 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 -$5 Donation Class
Tuesday: Francisville Playground – (Fairmount/Francisville) – 7-8pm – Tim Wagner – 1737 Francis St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 -$5 Donation Class RESUMING SUMMER 2018!
Thursday: Kendrick Rec. Center – (Roxborough) – 6:30-7:30pm – Beth Heed – 5822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19128 -$5 Donation Class
Thursday: Kensington Storefront “Porchlight Hub” – (North Kensington, Specific Class for Women) – 11-12am – 2774 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134 – Free to Attend
Friday: Olney Rec. Center – (Olney) – 7-8pm – Shenise Nicole – 100 E. Godfrey Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19120 – $5 Donation Class
Saturday: Cobbs Creek Rec. Center – (West Philadelphia/Cobbs Creek) – 10-11am- Lynn Gallagher – 280 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19139 – $5 Donation Class
Sunday: Manayunk Bridge – 10-11am – Outside, Weather Permitting End of Dupont St, Philadelphia PA 19127 – $5 Donation Class – RESUMING MAY 13th 2018!