East Falls local Justine Bacon’s flow-driven practice brings fun, happy yoga to Street & Curb art gallery on Conrad & Sunnyside every Saturday morning — no sign-ups, just ten bucks a pop. All ages, body types, experience levels. Justine’s a living ray of sunshine, we dare you to watch our interview clips without smiling. 2018 UPDATE: Justine is opening her own studio on Conrad this September! Follow @YogaBrain for updates.
So if you’re like us, a little bit of you fell in love with the idea of pop-up yoga classes in Street & Curb’s bright, sunny, colorful space on Conrad & Sunnyside (the historic old Hohenadel office building, btw).
Also if you’re like us, another little part of you will kinda fall in love again when you meet Justine Bacon, the bright, sunny, colorful instructor who guides students of all levels through an uplifting practice here every Saturday morning from 10 to 11.
Justine’s my favorite kind of yoga instructor: warm, sincere, fitness-oriented but still in touch with the “hippie” parts of yoga that embrace going with the flow, being present, opening up, and just being happy where you are. Right on!
She also makes it way easy to start your yoga practice: no sign-ups, no pre-pay — she doesn’t even try to sell you mats (class is BYOM, by the way). Ya just show up with $10 when class starts at 10 am, and off you go. Class is an hour long, with a focus on deep relaxation in the “yin yoga” style.
Justine teaches a fusion of yin and what’s known as “vinyasa” yoga (where one pose flows into the next to build up heat in the body). She’s been practicing yoga for years, but only in the last 4 years or so she’s really gotten serious about her practice. She’s excited about how much she’s grown through yoga: physically, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually.
She’s also a big fan of the neighborhood. After chatting with her at Street & Curb, we wrapped up via email, where she shed some more light on her yoga classes, and also shared some love for her new home, East Falls. Enjoy!
I currently teach for Priya Hot Yoga, Philly Yoga Factory (a non-profit that I co-founded), Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, and I will be teaching for Core Power Yoga in Center City (opening this Fall). I also teach private lessons at various apartment complexes as well as in-home sessions. I’ve even done yoga for bridal parties (super fun).
My specialty in teaching is what I like to call “YINyasa for Cyclists & Runners.” It is a fusion of 2 opposite and yet very complimentary styles, Vinyasa and Yin, targeting trouble areas for athletes and pleasure runners and riders of all kinds.
I love collaborating with other teachers as well as other organizations in the business of making people happy and healthy 🙂 Collaboration is one of my favorite things to do!
I came to East Falls last February through a friend of mine who works and lives here. I knew it was an up-and-coming place and it was the PERFECT location for me to be able to move freely in and out of the city, as well as Manayunk. It has the perfect city vibe with some suburban elements (trees and the river!). I adore living here.
My favorite place right now is In Riva — super close, beautiful outdoor area, nice staff, and amazing pizza! There is a whole lot in our little area already. I would love to have a small healthy food market that I could walk to!
“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” — Mahatma Gandhi
YOGA AT STREET & CURB GALLERY
EVERY SATURDAY 10 am to 11 am
Conrad & Sunnyside, $10 at the door
CONTACT JUSTINE (email is best): JustineBaconYoga@gmail.com or check out her website justinebaconyoga.com