Where To Find Free Outdoor Yoga In NYC This Summer


There’s nothing quite like downward dogging with the buzz of NYC floating around you–taxis honking, construction sites clanking, and different languages being spoken.  Yep, I’m talking summertime outdoor yoga in in NYC!  And what’s better–there’s many places that offer free, regularly scheduled classes during these warm months!  Can I get a namaste?!

Grab your bestie, your boo, or yourself and head out to one of our five faves:


1. Yoga in Bryant Park

Instructors from Yoga Journal will be guiding free one-hour classes on Tuesdays at 10am on the Upper Terrace and on Thursdays at 6pm on the lawn.  Super bonus: Mats are provided!  Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also save a bit of time by registering ahead of time on their website.

2. Yoga in Washington Square Park

Sacred Sounds Yoga offers free classes on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am for adults in Washington Square Park, starting on June 3rd. You must bring your own mat; more details and registration instructions are available on their website.

3. Yoga in Riverside Park

Riverside Park offers free sunset hatha yoga classes every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm at the 66th Street Plaza starting June 3rd. You must bring your own mat, and can get more details on their website.


4. Yoga in Prospect Park

During the month of July, YogaSole will offer free tree-shaded Sunday morning classes in Prospect Park from 10-11am. Bring your own mat; full details here.


5. Yoga in Socrates Sculpture Park

Every Saturday through late September, free classes are offered from 9:30-10:30am and 11-12pm.  A gorgeous waterfront environment filled with nature and art.  Bring your own mat, full details here.

For more information on where to find free or donation based yoga classes around the city, this is a great guide.  Just make sure to call the studios before heading out to make sure the schedule is still the same!  And if you’re looking for free workout classes besides just yoga, Shape Up NYC hosts classes ranging from zumba to kickboxing to belly dancing in every single borough, every single day–all completely free.

Would love to know…what’s your favorite way to exercise in the summer?  Share below!

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  • I did yoga on the beach in Thailand once and it was almost as relaxing as the massage I got later haha! In a city, though, I’d rather walk around with my camera in tow, not a yoga mat. It’s nice that they are provided for Bryant Park!
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    • Used York City says:

      That’s a huge plus about the Bryant Park yoga! Schlepping as little as possible around the city is ideal;-)

  • Sarah says:

    I went to the Bryant Park one last night with a co-worker. Loved it!

  • I was just in New York over Memorial Day weekend and saw the signs in Bryant Park about yoga classes. What a fantastic setting! I found the park so peaceful and relaxing, it’s the ideal place to practice yoga.

    The weather is a tad more unpredictable here in the UK, but I always love going for long walks in the summer, particularly as the evenings are so light. Weekend bike rides are also one of my favourite ways to exercise in the summer 🙂
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    • Used York City says:

      Evening walks in the summer are glorious! Especially since the sun stays out longer, gotta take advantage!:-)

      Hope you enjoyed your time in NYC!

  • Tamara says:

    While I don’t live near NYC, I love the list! In the summer I love to hike in the woods! But ticks are a problem up here.
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  • How cool is this – I wonder if it exists in London? Not that I’m the most flexible of people but would certainly give it a go. Like the idea of the sculpture park yoga, so you get a cultural fix at the same time
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  • Lydia says:

    Oh this is a great list – the Prospect Park one sounds amaaazing. And it’s also good to know that there’s somewhere that gives you a yoga mat to save you from carting one around the city 🙂
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    • Used York City says:

      Yes, I thought you’d like the Brooklyn one! It’s really so peaceful doing yoga outdoors, so much better than a cramped studio:-)

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