Relaxing in Gotham can be a tough call, which is why we love these outdoor yoga classes—many of which take place in the calming environs of leafy spots like Prospect Park. For those looking to work up a serious sweat, head to our roundup of outdoor fitness classes, but if you're more into breathing deeply in a beautiful space and finding some inner peace, check out our picks of the best fresh air yoga sessions below. Pack a mat, grab the sunscreen, and we'll see you on the grass!
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Best outdoor yoga in NYC
The green Park Slope yoga studio Bend & Bloom, known for its wind-generated electricity and gratis postclass organic tea, is back with its annual vinyasa series on the park’s expansive Long Meadow. “It’s so rewarding to be out in the open, under the sky,” says manager TJ Halliday. “It opens the senses.” bendandbloom.com. Free.
This super cool offering has yogis meeting at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in Brooklyn at 8am on Saturdays to run across the Williamsburg Bridge together, followed by cold-pressed juice and a restorative-yoga session back at the studio. A zingy way to start your day. nyc.laughinglotus.com. $22.
Work on your sun salutations while taking in the actual sunset at the rooftop farm's Monday evening yoga series at 6.30pm. Bring your own mat and head up to the open-air patio, where Sarah Schumann, owner of Shambhala Yoga & Dance in Prospect Heights, leads you through a 60-minute, all-levels asana practice. brooklyngrangefarm.com. $16, six classes $75.
Stake out a spot and set up your mat early if you want to get in on Manhattan’s most wildly popular outdoor yoga event, hosted by Athleta. You can take your pick of either Tuesday mornings on the upper terrace or Thursday evenings on the lawn. bryantpark.org. Free.
Central Park’s bucolic Sheep Meadow is an official park Quiet Zone, and as such the perfect place for yoga. Silvia Neri leads weekday evening classes (Mon–Thu 6:30–7:45pm), and morning classes at the weekends (10:30–11:45am). theyogatrail.com. Class $15, mat rental $4.
Instructors Yojaida Estrella and Monique Schubert rely on the meditation-heavy system Kripalu, a branch of hatha yoga, during these beginner-friendly classes. And the setting is apropos: Situated on a knoll between the waterfront and the park’s sculptures, it’s a perfect spot for contemplating the harmonious balance between nature and art. socratessculpturepark.org. Free.
Roofdeck Yoga at Yo Yoga!
Want to perfect your lotus pose without wasting a beautiful day in the city? Head to this Midtown East studio where you can keep up your hatha or vinyasa practice in Yo Yoga!'s outdoor sessions on its private roof deck, whose slightly uneven surface creates an extra challenge for your planks and chaturungas. yoyoganyc.com. $20.