5 Places To Practice Yoga Outdoors In New York City


We're in the last month of summer in New York City, making now our last chance this year to let it go into a forward fold outside the four walls of a yoga studio. New York is a great place to be a yogi because of the wealth of yoga classes offered in parks and other places outdoors. Yoga is all about balancing the mental with the physical through breath. And you can breathe in plenty of fresh air amongst the trees and grass. Here are five places you can practice yoga flows outdoors in New York City.

Yoga in Bryant Park

Every summer, Bryant Park host's yoga classes for free. On Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, classes are held on the grass of this scenic landmark and is presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Bryant Park's yoga in the park flagship series will continue until September 2016.

Yoga in Prospect Park

I've attended a few of these classes and they are a-mazing! Another free series to be enjoyed by beginner and experienced yogis, Bend + Bloom Studio hosts an hour-long yoga practice every Thursday evening at 7pm. This series is scheduled to continue until August 25, 2016. You do have to Rsvp before attending your first class and will need to sign a waiver.

Yoga in Central Park

Take your yoga flow to one of the largest park's in the city with a yoga class hosted by The Yoga Trail team, offering a Vinyasa Yoga for all levels. Instead of meeting on the grass and jumping right into it all, instructors recommend meeting at a central point in the park 15-minutes before practice to walk together to the class location. You can rent a mat if you don't have one or forget yours at home. The fee for classes is $15 and $75 for private classes.

Yoga on the Yo Yoga! Rooftop

If practicing yoga in the park on the grass isn't your thing, then check out Yo Yoga! in Midtown Manhattan. They take the idea of yoga outdoors to a fun level by hosting yoga on their roof deck. The surface is a little uneven to practice on but this is a plus as it offers an extra challenge when balancing yourself in planks or dropping down in chaturangas. Yo Yoga! host's outdoor yoga in weather that's 68 degrees or higher so you can expect to attend roof deck classes until the middle of October. The fee for this class is $20.


Yoga on Brooklyn Grange's Rooftop Farm

Practice tiger pose on one of the world's largest rooftop soil farms in New York City. Brooklyn Grange offers 60 minute asana practices in their Prospect Heights' Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. In addition to yoga poses, you'll work on breathing exercises through meditation. Classes are held come rain or shine every Monday outside at 6:30pm and are offered until September.

Samantha Greaves is a freelance writer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not chronicling her yoga journey via her @fit_in_thecity Instagram account or writing for Parachute, she can be found blogging via her website SamanthaGWrites.com.

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