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January 07, 2015

Stop stressing in 2015

Start right with 7 relaxing local outings

Events Wellness
Yoga at the PMA Philadelphia Museum of Art/for PhillyVoice

“On a Blue Ceiling, Eight Geometric Figures: Circle, Trapezoid, Parallelogram, Rectangle, Square, Triangle, Right Triangle, X (Wall Drawing No. 351),” 1981, Sol LeWitt.© Sol LeWitt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Taking the stress out of your daily routine is a great New Year’s resolution to make, but it’s a hard one to keep. Get a jump-start on your goal by trying out well-known relaxers like yoga or meditation at events around the region. Not great at sitting still? Join a hiking group or a paint night. Philly has plenty of ways to help you keep calm and carry on.

An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Jefferson University Hospitals is supporting this workshop on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Using meditation and other exercises, the Mindfulness Institute’s Aleezé Sattar Moss, PhD will teach participants how to apply mindfulness to their daily lives to reduce stress.

Wednesday, January 7
5:15-6:45 p.m. | $20
Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
1013 Chestnut St.
(215) 503-6741 

Paint Nite

If you’re not a fan of quiet reflection, here’s an alternative. Grab some friends (or fly solo), learn to paint a simple picture, and have a few drinks while you jam to the sounds of Duel Piano Bar’s dueling house pianists. Creating artwork with instructions this easy -- supplies are included -- is a super fun stress-buster. (Click here for a month's worth of local Paint Nites.)

Thursday, January 8
7 p.m. | $45
Duel Piano Bar
1420 Locust St.
Ages 21 and up 

Amitayus Retreat

This mini-meditation retreat focuses on the practice of Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life. There are four sessions throughout the day, which include chanted prayers and meditation. Go to all four or drop in when you can, no experience required.

Sunday, January 11
8:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. | $5 per session or $15 for four
Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center
1102 Pine St.
(267) 702-3817 

Winter Hike with Erin Bendig and May Dominic

Combine the peacefulness of the outdoors during the winter season with the vigor of exercise in this four-mile hike. Presented by the Friends of Wissahickon group, the walk will travel over a variety of trails through the valley. Dogs and children are welcome.

Sunday, January 11
9 a.m. | Free admission
Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Rd. at Wissahickon
(215) 247-0417 

People of Color Meditation Group

Pamela Freeman and Sara Lomax-Reese started this monthly group which has grown steadily since its founding. On the second Sunday of each month, participants gather for some yoga and meditation to promote health and wellness.

Sunday, January 11
12-1:30 p.m. | Free admission
Springboard Studio
530 Carpenter Ln.
(215) 844-7566 

Yoga at the PMA

Every Wednesday night the PMA fills up with fun activities, including a yoga session among the galleries. The quietude of the museum’s halls makes for a relaxing experience complete with a great view. Get there early, because spots fill up fast.

6 & 7 p.m. | Pay what you wish
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
(215) 763-8100 

Naturalist Walks

Get out of the house and onto Peace Valley’s nature trails. The invigorating walk will refresh your mind, and a little fresh air does wonders for a dreary winter spirit. You might even find some cuddly furry creatures wandering about.

Tuesdays in January and February
1:30 p.m. | Free admission
Peace Valley Nature Center
170 Chapman Road, Doylestown, Pa.
(215) 345-7860