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Take Yoga OUTSIDE in NYC!

By Hannah Tice

Whether you’re visiting the Big Apple or you call the concrete jungle your home, experience the benefits of yoga while taking in the view … from outside. That’s right. Skip the crowded yoga studios for a breath of fresh air.

Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village
Though you’ll get your fare share of NYU students here, Greenwich Village is home to Washington Square Park.  Sacred Sounds Yoga will host vinyasa classes led by instructor Caprice Abowitt on Garibaldi Plaza. FREE, June–August, Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.,www.sacredsoundsyoga.com

14th Street Park, Meatpacking District
Meatpacking is known for its shopping and nightlife, but soon it will have a more peaceful vibe. This June, Yogamaya will bring vinyasa and music to Tenth Avenue for its summer series with Hudson River Park. FREE, June 4–August 20, Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., www.yogamayanewyork.com  

The James Hotel, Soho
Serene welcomes ladies only  to this gorgeous hotel rooftop for a special yoga experience. Instructor Brigitte Bourdeau leads the weekly poolside vinyasa classes. Enjoy  the panoramic skyline views. No mat? No problem. Mats and water are covered under the entry fee. $25, May–September, Thursdays 8:00 a.m.,www.serenesocial.com


Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo

Watch the peaceful morning sun highlight the city and Manhattan bridge from Dumbo. Dodge YMCA will hold FREE Monday morning yoga classes on Pier 6. Follow your session with a freshly pressed juice from Forager’s (must try the beet blend).  June 30–August 18, Mondays 7:30 a.m., www.brooklynbridgepark.org

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The man who designed Central Park, Frederick Law Olmstead,  admitted that Prospect park was his true masterpiece. We have to agree. Head to this Brooklyn destination for some evening yoga and beautiful scenery.  Bend & Bloom and  lululemon Brooklyn offer open-level classes in Prospect Park at the Grand Army Plaza entrance. BYOM (Bring your own mat). FREE, May 29th—September 25th, Thursdays 7-8pm www.bendandbloom.com

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City

Get exercise and culture all in one by taking a Kripalu yoga classes among art installations. Afterwards, check out the nearby farmer’s market for some fresh produce and summer fare. FREE, May 10–September 27, Saturdays 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.,www.socratessculpturepark.org

Z Hotel NYC, Long Island City

Bring yoga to another level at Z Hotel’s rooftop. The trendy hotel offers vinyasa yoga classes with views of the river and Manhattan skyline. Live it up with complimentary cocktails and small bites at the hotel’s rooftop bar then end your evening with a complimentary shuttle service to Manhattan. Girl’s night out? We think YES.  $25, June–September, first Tuesday of the month 7:30 p.m. www.zhotelny.com

Hannah Tice-Autoimmune Ally

Photo: The James Hotel

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