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The best outdoor yoga in NYC

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

Written by
Jennifer Picht
&
Sophie Harris
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Relaxing in Gotham can be a tough call, which is why we love these outdoor yoga classes in NYC—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 best gyms and fitness centers, 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

  • Sports and fitness
  • Yoga & Pilates

Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a noob searching for vinyasa, folks of all fitness levels are welcome to find Zen beneath the trees at Bryant Park through the end of August. The outdoor hub is hosting its 17th season in partnership with Health magazine. Instructors from yoga studios all over the city teach you how to perfect the poses while you focus on deep breathing. Classes are held at Upper Terrace on Tuesdays morning and the on the Lawn every Thursday evening. Wellness brand Gaiam donates 1,200 mats for folks to use during the class in addition to fitness giveaways. bryantpark.org. Free. 

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Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Astoria

Instructor Yojaida Estrella relies 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. In addition to working with Estrella on Sundays at 10am, take a free class with Jennifer Batson at 9:30am or at 11am with Morgan Miller on Saturdays. One-hour classes begin May 18 and occur every weekend through September 15. socratessculpturepark.org. Free.

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Roofdeck Yoga at Yo Yoga!

7. 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. $25. 

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