Yoga seems to be everywhere these days, including our very own backyard. PopUp Yoga Philly is partnering with TAra Yoga to offer a special glow and flow class on May 19, 2016 at the fountains outside of the MARKET at the FAREWAY a local produce, farmers, and prepared foods Market in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
Other places you’ll see yoga happening include the airport and the water. Many people do yoga to relieve anxiety and aches and pains that occur on travel days. According to Yoga Journal, JetBlue recently held free one-hour yoga classes at JFK International Airport. Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Burlington international airports have added dedicated yoga spaces to their departure areas and a complimentary mat is included. In addition, the Albuquerque and San Diego airports offer meditation spaces. If your airport doesn’t have a dedicated space for yoga, have no fear; you can still do a move or two. Sucirandhrasana, also called “Eye of the Needle” posture is great to stretch your hip rotators and relieve lower back tightness and you can do this while seated. You can also stretch your hamstrings while waiting for luggage by doing a modified Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) by putting one foot on the baggage carousel.
Another new place where you may see more yoga practice happening is the water. Why is doing yoga in the water good for you? Again, according to Yoga Journal, doing yoga in the water makes you more buoyant, taking weight off of your joints. Also, water helps a person to heal because it releases pain, stimulates your lymph system, and encourages a person to “go with the flow”. Some water poses include: “North Star Pose” (stand with feet greater than hip-width apart and point your hands like a triangle overhead), “Warrior II Pose” (bend right leg and stretch arms wide open when moving from North Star Pose), and “Sugar Cane” pose (Breathe deeply and shift your weight into your front foot. Stand to balance letting your back leg float effortlessly in the water coming into “Half Moon Pose”. Reach back and take your lifted foot into your hand.)
If you haven’t joined the yoga revolution, now is your chance. Join the class at the MARKET on May 19, 2016. Consider these fun facts about yoga to inspire you. Americans spend $2.5 Billion annually on yoga instruction. Vinyasa (fast-paced yoga, a.k.a. “power yoga” that is ideal for weight loss) is everyone’s favorite yoga style. The top three reasons people practice yoga include wellness, peace/calm, and health. Happy Yoga’ing!