Let's face it. No matter how much we love all the benefits we reap in our mind and body when we take yoga, sometimes our pocketbooks just can't keep up with the price tag of it all. Don't worry though, now that winter is finally thawing, there are many free outdoor yoga sessions being offered as well as some that only request a small donation for a good cause. Check out these upcoming free yoga events and fundraisers.
This Saturday, April 4, you can get an intense power yoga class for a small donation ($20 is suggested) to help support Students Run Philly Style whose mission is to transform students' lives through running and mentorship as they train for a full or half marathon. The fundraiser will be held at Philly Power Yoga on Walnut Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be wine and snacks afterwards.
Free yoga at the Race Street Pier on North Columbus Boulevard will be back on Saturday, April 11 and will continue into early fall. These morning and evening classes are run by Dhyana Yoga and are BYOM (bring your own mat). Donations are welcome.
On Sunday, April 12 from 3p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in King of Prussia, Still Point Yoga is hosting a 90-minute Vinyasa class as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern PA. It is pay-what-you-wish and there will be raffle prizes and refreshments afterwards. This second annual workshop will be led by Dianne Rutstein, a certified yoga teacher and owner of Stillpoint Yoga in King of Prussia.
Another popular hotspot for outdoor yoga is the Schuylkill Banks, at 25th and Locust. These free yoga sessions start back up on Saturday, April 18. Don't forget to bring a mat, water, small towel and sunscreen with you when you come. Classes are pay what you can. (suggested donation $5-15). Go to their Facebook page for frequent updates.
To celebrate its 5 year anniversary, on Saturday, April 25 Lululemon's Wayne store is hosting a free fitness festival at Wilson Farm Park in Wayne. Held between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., there will be free classes in pilates, boot camp, barre, cardio circuit and yoga as well as music from live musicians and from DJ Gregg Nyce. The yoga class will start at 4 p.m.
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