10 Unconventional Summer Yoga Classes
The International Day of Yoga, celebrated on June 21, saw millions of yogis converge for free classes in New York City's Times Square and throughout the world. Disappointed you didn't take advantage? Don't sweat it: Free and cheap classes across the country are taking yoga out of the studio and into the public square this summer.
This event at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver attracts up to 2,000 participants. They breathe in fresh mountain air and enjoy an awe-inspiring view from the tiers of the open-air venue. Classes happen on Saturdays for four weeks beginning July 25. Although they cost $12 each, a season pass is $38 (less than $10 a class).
Can't get enough sun and ocean waves? Practice beach yoga in Santa Monica on Saturday and Sunday mornings all year round. The classes cost $15, but it's a small price to pay compared with high-end studios. LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine have named Beach Yoga with Brad among their "Best of LA."
Millennium Park in Chicago is the site of free yoga classes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the summer, through Sept. 5. In Austin, Texas, instructors from local studios conduct free outdoor classes at four area parks. The options include family yoga at Wooldridge Square Park on Sunday mornings, July 19 and August 16.
Lululemon offers more than just $90 yoga pants. Many stores across the U.S. and Canada host community yoga classes. To see if a location near you is participating, search on the retailer's site by ZIP code and click on community events. In New York, for example, there are weekly classes at the Union Square location on Sunday mornings.
If you live near West Hollywood, join a donation-based yoga class at Runyon Canyon. Yelp reviews rave about the peaceful atmosphere, friendly instructors, and challenging classes. There are three or four every day -- check the Runyon Canyon Yoga Facebook page for updates and a full schedule.