Philadelphia’s Walnut Street CorePower

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Philadelphia is the very first Studio I had traveled to after joining CorePower Yoga in 2016.  My initial experience at the Walnut Street location has always resonated in my head.  I remember the first C2 class I took.  It was taught by their manager Nanci and she definitely put the CORE into CorePower.  Wow.  Had I used a FitBit to track my progress, I would have lost record calories in her class.

This visit was no difference.  Immediately after getting off the airplane from Chicago, I headed straight for my hotel, got checked in and set up my booth at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

The last class at the Walnut Street location was at 5:30, so I needed to hustle with set up to get to CPY on time.  To my luck, the Walnut Street location is just a few blocks from the hotel/convention center.  I got set up and made it to the studio with time to spare.

Studio, classes and amenities

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As with all other CorePower Yoga studios, The Walnut Street CPY has a very nice boutique featuring popular yoga apparel and gear for both men and women.  They offer a nice selection of menswear such as shorts and tee shirts.  Quite often its common to find a small selection of menswear, and more often than none, the selection is XL or L, neither of which fit me.  However the Walnut Street location has a nice diverse section of all sizes from which all men can choose.

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Similar to other CorePower Yoga studios, there are two large rooms for practicing yoga. Each studio has mirrored walls — all of which are in the front of the class and on left sidewall, (if you’re facing the front of the class).

In true CPY fashion, the studios are very clean.

They provide both blocks and straps, in addition to weights that can be used for the sculpt classes.

The studio also contains two different spray bottles to spray on your towel to help provide a better grip.  One bottle is plain water; the other is infused with essential oils.  The studio also provides orange oil spray to help prevent an odorous towel from disrupting your practice.

Studio 1 is smaller of the two, however is a hotter room in general.  I am a heat seeker, so I like studio 1 the best.  Nearly every “spot” in this studio provides for a pleasant practice.  However, I have been told the front center is hottest.

Studio 2 on the other hand is the larger of the 2 and as such takes longer to heat up and isn’t as hot as studio 1.  However, it is larger and does fit nearly two times the amount of students as studio 1 can hold.

I was not able to find any specific locations that were hotter than others.  I even practiced under the humidifier.  Like I said, I am a heat junkie.  I like it nice and swampy.

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Classes

The Walnut Street location offers a wide variety of classes, most of which are vinyasa style classes, in which poses flow with the practitioner’s breath to movement.

  • C1 (a 60 minute non heated class)
  • C2 (an intermediate 60 minute heated vinyasa class)
  • Yoga Sculpt (a 60 min, lightly heated cardio class, utilizing a variety of small weights while holding common yoga postures)
  • Hot Power Fusion (a 60 minute intermediate hot yoga class.  The hottest class available).

Locker rooms

The studio offers very clean locker rooms for both men and women.  In the men’s locker room there are roughly 3 to 4 dozen lockers 4 showers where one is for handicapped practitioners. Within each shower they provide all the necessities, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner.  They are filled nearly everyday.  The locker room also has 2 sinks with toiletries, such as cotton swabs, mouthwash, lotion, and soap.  There are also 2 urinals and an enclosed toilet stall.

I have never seen the women’s locker room, but my assumption is they are similar to the men’s locker, but cater to the needs of women.

Address

1616 Walnut Street.  Philadelphia, PA

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