Relaxing should be an essential part of every person’s self-care routine. Despite Philadelphia’s reputation as a busy east-coast city, there are plenty of places where you can escape from the hecticness. Connect to your mental well being, take a much-needed rest and check in with yourself by visiting the places below.

Vitality Meditation

Meditation can be intimidating for those who are just beginning to practice or those who have been involved for years and just want to meet other like-minded individuals. These guided meditation classes focus on different points of well-being. Vitality is proudly black-owned by two sisters who grew up in Philadelphia.

John F Collins Park

Tucked away in a quiet corner in one of the city’s busiest shopping street John F Collins park is easy to miss. But if you get a chance to visit, you’ll experience a tranquil retreat that almost feels a world away. Open all year long, the park features greenery, seating and water fountains. In the summer, you can catch string musicians playing tunes during lunchtime.

Studio 34

This yoga studio is a staple in the West Philly community. There are a wide variety of classes from a faster paced, aerial yoga class, to a Slow Flow and Rest. This studio also boasts a number of $5 community classes including a weekly people of color-only yoga session.

Philadelphia Community Acupuncture

A non-profit, Philadelphia Community Acupuncture’s goal is to make the technique accessible and affordable for all. Instead of a private session, sessions are done in a community setting. There is also a sliding scale option for payment and your treatment can last as long as you want it.

The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop

Located in the Spring Garden neighborhood, it’s easy to unwind with one of their countless tea options. This location is one of the few coffee shops that serves Kava, a bitter tea that is known to ease anxiety, stress and restlessness. The outdoor courtyard is perfect to think, sit or even journal.


This post was written by Debora Charmelus.

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