Outdoor Yoga, Where to Go for the Flow

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Summer is in full swing, and that means everything from workouts to weddings have been moved outdoors. So why not do the same with your yoga practice? As a follow-up to 5 Reasons to Take Your Practice Outdoors, here is a list of open-air yoga classes offered across the country. From beaches to rooftops, the options are as varied as the practice itself. Slather on the sunscreen, grab your mat, and let's flow!

New York City
1. Spot Yoga - If you're looking for select rooftop spaces with panoramic views of NYC, this is the perfect class for you. With a variety of locations available, you can decide which part of the city you want as a backdrop while flowing through your vinyasa. Classes are an hour long and run year round. Mats and towels are provided.


2. Bryant Park Yoga - It's best to arrive early if you want a spot at one of the popular yoga classes offered in this midtown park. Sponsored by Athleta, sessions take place Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, and are held through September 24th.

3. Bend and Bloom in Prospect Park - If you're based in Brooklyn and love free yoga, head over to Prospect Park for an hour of open-level flow every Thursday night. Better move quickly though, classes end after September 10th.

Los Angeles
4. Runyan Canyon Yoga -This popular Hollywood hiking spot is also host to numerous yoga classes every day of the week. The views are scenic, the vibe is welcoming, and the practice is for all levels. Donations are welcome but not required.

5. Beach Yoga - If you're looking to flow on the renown beaches of L.A., this oceanfront class takes place in Santa Monica every Sunday morning. The sessions are open-level, donation-based, and run year round.

6. One Yoga Foundation - This not-for-profit organization offers outdoor yoga at a variety of parks located throughout South Florida. Pembroke Pines, Coconut Grove, Downtown Miami, and South Beach are just some of the spots you can catch their popular donation-based classes.

7. Lake Worth Beach Yoga - The Atlantic Ocean provides the perfect scenery and soundtrack for the sessions that take place here three mornings a week. Classes are open to all levels, run year long, and are held rain or shine.


8. Yoga at the Zoo - Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of yoga classes on their scenic Nature Boardwalk. There's even a class geared for toddlers, where parents get to connect with their little ones, and toddlers get to practice fun animal yoga poses. Sessions run through September.


9. Millennium Park - Yoga is just one of the free classes offered on this landmark park's Great Lawn every Sunday morning (Tai Chi, Pilates, and Zumba are the others.) Sessions are 45 minutes long and take place through early September.

10. Yoga in the Park - If you're in the Houston area, this hour-long class meets every Sunday morning at the South Lake Village Recreation Park in Katy. All levels are welcome, and classes are held year round.

11. Austin Park Yoga - Free sessions are offered in five different parks throughout the Austin area. Each park has its own schedule, so be sure to check the calendar before heading over.

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