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Welcome to Workout Wednesday, where every hump-day we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
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Now that sunny days have finally arrived in New York City, it's hard to want to do anything but soak up some Vitamin D wherever you can find a bit of solace. Of course, this makes your usual indoor workouts that much tougher to stick with.
But never fear: we've rounded up eleven outdoor yoga options (both free and not, and across the five boroughs) that allow you to do your sun salutations as intended—with a bit of actual sunshine to guide you. —Kiran
1. Sacred Sounds Yoga in Washington Square Park
Sacred Sounds Yoga is a beloved Bleecker Street institution that offers aerial yoga, core yoga, express options, Tai Chi classes, and even prenatal and kids yoga year-round. For the past two summers, they've also offered free weekly outdoor classes.
This year, they'll be hosting free classes on Wednesday mornings at 8:30am for adults, followed by a 10am session for kids, in Washington Square Park, starting on June 4th. Participants must bring their own mats; full schedule details and registration instructions are available on their website.
2. Yoga Works in Bryant Park
For over a decade, Bryant Park has hosted yoga classes during the summer, and this season is no exception. Yoga Works instructors will be guiding one-hour classes on Tuesdays at 10am on the Upper Terrace and on Thursdays at 6pm on the grassy lawn. Classes are free and registration is recommended, though walk-ins will be accepted.
Another nice bonus is that this program is supported by Athleta, they'll be providing free yoga mats for participants to use. They also have a loyalty card with great benefits. Bryant Park also offers free morning Tai Chi classes if that's more your speed; more details on that available here.
3. Summer Solstice in Times Square
The Times Square Alliance is again hosting a mega summer solstice event on June 21st, which features a full day of yoga and introspection amid Times Square's buzz and madness. The event (also sponsored by Athleta) is currently at full capacity, but keep checking their website, as additional spots may be released closer to the event date pending cancellations.
4. Hatha Yoga in Riverside Park
Riverside Park will be offering free sunset hatha yoga classes every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the 66th Street Plaza starting June 2nd. You must bring your own mat, and details for all fitness programs, including Tai Chi and Pilates classes in the park, are available on their website.
5. Daily Yoga Classes in Central Park
The Yoga Trail will be hosting a full daily schedule of yoga classes on the north side of Sheep Meadow in Central Park this summer. They offer both beginner and advanced vinyasa classes. A single class is $15, but the cost decreases if you purchase a package. You can either bring your own mat or rent one for $2. Full schedule and registration details are on their website.
6. Family Yoga at the Target East Harlem Community Garden
South Bronx Yoga will again be hosting free family yoga classes every Saturday at the Target East Harlem Community Garden on East 117th Street as part of its Fit Club program. Mats will be provided for participants' use and full details are on the garden's website.
7. Power Yoga at Staten Island's Midland Beach
While this may not be as obvious a choice as some of the others, there's nothing like experiencing your kundalini against a soundtrack of soothing ocean rhythms. 5 Boro Power Yoga has again teamed up with the Parks Department and others to offer free yoga classes on the beach this summer. So far two dates have been announced—June 21st at 9am and June 30th at 6pm—with more dates to be announced soon. Check out the yoga studio's website for more details.
8. Sunday Morning Yoga in Prospect Park
During the month of July, Yoga Sole will again offer free tree-shaded Sunday morning vinyasa classes in Prospect Park. Bring your own mat; full details here.
9. Yoga with a View at the Wythe Hotel
The skyline views from North Brooklyn are breathtaking, and goodyoga wants you to focus on just that while practicing on the Wythe Hotel's outdoor deck this summer. One hour classes will take place every Sunday morning and registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. (The outdoor yoga option is included in a regular goodyoga membership.) Sign up and more details are here.
10. Pier Side Yoga in Queens
The Yoga Room is offering free yoga accompanied by a view and river breeze in two Queens locations this summer: at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City and Astoria Park. Bring a mat and check out the full summer schedule on their website.
11. Hatha Yoga at Wave Hill
Yoga for Bliss will be hosting outdoor hatha yoga and meditation classes at Wave Hill on weekends this summer. Prices are steeper than other options, though—it's $25 for a non-member and $15 for members—but the instructor is highly qualified and experienced, and the peaceful ambiance is probably worth it. More details on Yoga for Bliss and Wave Hill's websites.
If you're new to outdoor yoga and want some pointers, check out Well+Good's guide to taking an outdoor yoga class. Got any more leads on sunshine soaked yoga? Leave some suggestions in the comments.—Kiran
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