The best outdoor yoga in NYC

Looking for some alfresco yoga in NYC? Find your center and stretch out under the sun at these sessions.
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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

74. Commune with nature in Battery Park
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Battery Park Sunset Yoga

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Head to the harbor at Battery Park for Tejal Patel's small vinyasa-flow classes on Wednesday evenings (6:30–7:30pm). You can also grab a mat, change clothes, and pick up a free water at nearby City Sports on Broadway. tejalrpatel.com$5.

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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Bend & Bloom in Prospect Park

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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.

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Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

BK Runs 2 Yoga at Laughing Lotus

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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.

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Yoga at Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm

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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.

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Yoga at Bryant Park
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Bryant Park Yoga

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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.orgFree.

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Attractions, Parks and gardens

The Yoga Trail in Central Park

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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.

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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Free Yoga at Socrates Sculpture Park

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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.

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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.

Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Yaso Tangbao

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On an unassuming side street in the Fulton Mall district of Downtown Brooklyn, the traditional street food of Shanghai comes alive at Yaso Tangbao. The venerable Chef Zongxing Tu—former executive chef of Joe’s Shanghai—serves as the ‘yaso’ (uncle) to three twenty-something partners from Nanxiang, who sought to bring the chef’s famous xiao laong bao steamed soup dumplings to an area poised for rapid growth. It’s a clear fit, as the casual, counter-order eatery is ideal for the constant stream of workers from the nearby municipal buildings to grab a filling, low-cost lunch. But the word is out among locals, as well; all of the restaurants’ seven long, wooden communal-seating tables were occupied at 7 p.m. on a recent Sunday evening. Chef Zongxing is sort of a big deal among fans of Chinese dumplings, so be sure to start your meal with the blue crab and pork soup dumplings ($6.95), which shimmy on the special spoon provided for their enjoyment. Gently bite off the orange-hued tip, and a fresh burst of briny Maryland blue crab broth rushes onto your palette. Sip it up to get to the ground pork filling. A few seats down, a little blonde girl cries out as some of her succulent broth escapes; she desperately lifts the bamboo steamer over her spoon in an attempt to catch it. Don’t skip the pan fried pork baos ($5.65), tangerine-sized rolls of soft white dough with a juicy pork filling in a tiny reservoir of broth, topped with black sesame seeds and a pleasant sheen of grease. Anothe

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