Stretch it out at beaches and parks
Take a breath of fresh air at yoga classes this summer, as many studios and instructors head outdoors to offer sessions amongst nature. Specialty classes that are only held in the warmer months are popping up at parks and beaches to offer participants the chance to relax and unwind in a more natural setting. Here’s a few places where you can enjoy some peaceful yoga in the beauty of nature.
Beach Yoga Meetup
This meetup.com group offers Saturday morning yoga every week at Jones Beach Field 2 in addition to other classes at varying locations. All levels are welcome, as this class is intended to stretch and open your body with a “gentle hatha flow.” It is recommended that participants bring their own mats and props. Classes range from $5 to $12, and participants must register on meetup.com.
Socrates Sculpture Park Yoga
Do your tree pose among the foliage at this park located in Long Island City. It will host Saturday and Sunday morning Vinyasa Flow yoga classes. The classes are free and are held on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants should bring their own mat or towel.
Yoga in the Gardens
Join professional Kripalu Yoga instructor Lorili Henry every Thursday and Saturday in the Old Westbury Gardens for a peaceful exercise session. Held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., this class moves “students through a dynamic, yet gentle flow of postures and conscious breathing” according to the website. Members pay $8 per session, while non-members pay $18.
Good Life Yoga Beach Summer Series
Look out onto the water at Sunken Meadow Park boardwalk as you’re led through a progression of poses by Good Life Yoga studio. The full summer schedule began June 25, with classes at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Monday, and a Tuesday class at 6:15 p.m. Classes are free, but donations are welcome. Visitors to the park may have to pay a $10 parking fee.
Yoga Nanda Beach Yoga
Walk right off the Long Beach Boardwalk to Magnolia Beach for an hour of morning yoga. Classes are held every other Saturday, as long as six students have pre-registered by noon on Friday—once six people have signed up and class is definitely being held, drop-ins are welcome. You can pay with a credit card online, or drop-ins can use a class card or cash the day of.
Buddha Beach Yoga
Combine yoga with paddleboarding for a fun and relaxing exercise out on the water. This yoga studio based in East Moriches offers rentals and classes for beginners and advanced students alike. To attend, purchase a class or package online and then book a specific class time in the schedule to ensure you have a board reserved. A class and a rental is $40, and a class without a rental is $25. Customers also have the option to register for SUP and Sip, which comes with one beer or wine.
Peaceful Warrior Yoga
Practice all of your yoga moves while out on the water this summer with SUP yoga. Located in Mount Sinai, this studio offers classes that will cater to beginners and experienced paddlers and yogis alike. The instructor will lead the class so that everybody can do what feels comfortable for them, while still getting a relaxing workout. The class is $48 with a board rental, or $28 if you bring your own board.
Crab Meadow Beach Sunset Yoga
Meeting at the Crab Meadow Beach Boardwalk on Sundays and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., this yoga class is taught by Anne Davidson and can be registered for on the Town of Huntington’s website. The cost is $64 for 10 classes.