our pop-up yoga partners, Philadelphia-based yoga company PLUSgives, are on a mission to provide high-quality yoga mats + materials, while supporting charitable organizations throughout the region—ultimately improving the quality of life for many, not just yogis. We talked with founder Annika Tubito to learn more about what inspired her to pursue such a charitable business model, the designs of the mats + what her plans are moving forward.
Our friends at Trail Creek Outfitters are more than just retailers for your outdoor needs. Consider it a community driven store with top-notch products and a host of events throughout the year that benefit various local charities. Co-founder, Ed Camelli (pictured left) talks us through their 33-year history, the importance of community involvement + how having a supportive, knowledgeable staff alongside the best quality merchandise sets them apart from the big guys and online retailers.
In honor of Work it Out’s 5th birthday (happy birthday, WiO!), we bring you the story behind their in-house developed, totally customizable work out concept. As a gym that's geared towards women (but welcomes men), they've thought of everything from an exclusive retail line and post-workout amenities to vibrant playlists (trust us, we've heard them!) and fun class names. We stopped by their River Street location to get the low down from Founder + Creative Director Noel.
At Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates + Fitness, making everyone feel 'comfortable' is a top priority since many newcomers are intimidated about starting a new workout practice. For Thrive owner, Hally Bayer, that starts before a student arrives. "We strive to make the website warm and inviting; and reflect this sense of warmth and openness again when you walk through the door." The Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates studio spaces are designed to negate the intimidation factor.
Come join us this Sunday May 18th at the Philadelphia Art Museum for Yoga on the Steps! This will be Living Beyond Breast Cancer's 13th year holding this event to educate communities on living healthier lifestyles. They will be raising money and awareness for the LLBC's education and support resources, which are provided to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
The more I pay attention to what goes INTO my body from a food + drink perspective, the more I think about what I DO with my body + mind from a physical and, somewhat, spiritual perspective. Thanks to our neighbor Diana Vitarelli, owner of Dhyana Yoga, the balance of feeling good based on the choices one makes—from what to eat, how to workout, when to meditate—all stem from making that conscious decision to move "forward" in whatever way makes sense for you.
Focusing on personal health and wellness can be difficult with work, friends and family, among other distractions. It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to keep consistent, but I’ll share some tips to help blend wellness into your every day life!