When summer hits the Big Apple, New Yorkers swap their snow boots for yoga mats and embrace the city’s enviable offering of outdoor yoga sessions. From Brooklyn to Manhattan and beyond you can salute the sun in small groups on a rooftop or partake in record-breaking gatherings that compete with yellow cabs for real estate in Times Square.
Here is Health Bird‘s top five outdoor yoga workouts to hit this season – in NYC and beyond.
1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Waterfront Workouts
Abhaya Yoga are offering Brooklynites and their neighbours the chance to escape the city and bend, flex and burn on the grass under the iconic bridge as the sun comes up. The classes are part of a larger program of unbeatable outdoor activities including Pilates, yoga, ballet barre, dance and more.
2. Secret Sounds Yoga in Washington Square Park
Join the downtowners for some chanting in this famous park where musicians mingle with skaters and office workers. The Bleeker Street studio, who offer aerial, core and kids yoga year-round are hosting free sessions (starting June 4th) in Washington Square Park on Wednesday mornings at 8.30am for big kids and 10am for little kids. BYO mat.
3. The Yoga Trail in Central Park
Need to get back to nature but not miss out on all the Manhattan skyline has to offer? New York-based The Yoga Trail is hosting daily yoga classes in Central Park that will reconnect you with Mother Earth without having to leave the city. The restorative practice is perfect for beginners and intermediate yogis and visitors to New York who want to sightsee while developing the downward dog.
4. Solstice in Times Square
Join the masses in celebrating the summer solstice and International Day of Yoga this Sunday, when every headstander and their mat will decend upon the bustling, bright-lighted Times Square for a group sun salutation. Several classes are scheduled for June 21st. While classes are free, The Times Square Alliance supports three of their favorite yoga charities, Bent on Learning, Exhale to Inhale and Urban Zen so feel free to donate.
5. Rooftop Yoga at The James Hotel
It wouldn’t be summer in New York without some rooftop workout time. That’s why the James Hotel hosts girls-only yoga classes on the rooftop of the Soho hotspot. Lead by Serene Social Weekly, pool-side vinyasa sessions run from May through September. Mats and water are provided for $25.