Money doesn’t grow on your tree pose. Fortunately, major cities across the country host free yoga classes through summer—perfect for traveling warriors who want to avoid the $10 to $25 per-class fee that’s standard at most yoga studios.
Plus, most of these yoga sessions are held outdoors in iconic cosmopolitan settings, which is ideal for travelers who want to combine a little mind-body-spirit TLC with sightseeing.
What: Bryant Park Yoga
Where: Bryant Park
When: Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. and Thursday 6-7 p.m., through Sept. 18, 2014
Work your downward dog under shady trees, surrounded by towering Manhattan skyscrapers in this summer series presented by Athleta. Mats are provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but visitors are encouraged to pre-register online.
What: Summer in the Square
Where: Union Square
When: Thursdays 7-8a.m. (South Plaza) and 7-8 p.m. (North Plaza)
Find solace in one of New York’s great public spaces in the morning or evening. A limited number of mats are provided, so participants are encouraged to bring their own. Families can enjoy Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids from 10-11 a.m.
What: Wanderlust 108
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
The meditation and yoga portion of this bigger “mindful triathlon” event is free for those who register online by Aug. 15, 2014. With celebrated yoga teachers Seane Corn and Elena Brower leading the group, complemented with music by MC Yogi, it’s sure to be an energetic gathering in Brooklyn.
What: Summer Yoga at Frog Pond
Where: The Boston Common Frog Pond
When: Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m., through Aug. 28, 2014
Enjoy an all-levels vinyasa yoga flow in Boston’s most historic park. The class meets behind the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat, and check for weather-related cancelations on the Facebook page.
What: Everybody Free Yoga
Where: Venues all over Chicago
When: Varying times through Sept. 6, 2014
This summer initiative spearheaded by Moksha Yoga Center, Chicago’s largest yoga studio, offers free yoga at parks, beaches and festivals throughout the city. Among the offerings: Saturday morning yoga at Millennium Park and Candlelight Yoga at Foster Beach during full moons. Check the website for a complete schedule.
What: Yoga Rocks the Park
Where: Northside Preparatory High School
When: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Part of a bigger grassroots initiative to bring yoga into parks across the country, the Chicago event is free to those who register online. Sponsored by YOGA SIX, the class will include live music.
What: Yoga in the Park
Where: Dupont Circle
When: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., Through Oct. 1, 2014
Hosted by lululemon Logan Circle, this is an all-level class in the heart of one of DC’s trendiest ‘hoods. Check the Facebook page for weather updates.
What: Yoga in the Park 2014
Where: Meridian Hill Park
When: Sundays, 5-6:30 p.m., Through August
Get your OM on in this gorgeous 12-acre park in the Columbia Heights-Adams Morgan neighborhoods of northwest DC. Hosted by Bikram Yoga Dupont, this all-level class celebrates its 10th summer season.
What: Yoga in the Park
Where: Bayfront Park (Tina Hills Pavilion)
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.; Saturdays, 9-10:15 a.m.
Free yoga is offered year-round at this park overlooking Biscayne Bay and hugged by Miami’s luxurious high-rises and palm trees. Participants should bring their own mats.
What: Blissfully Free Sundays
Where: Barefoot Sanctuary
(located inside Whole Foods Market at Town Square)
When: Sundays at 4:30 p.m., through 2014
After a weekend of partying hard on The Strip, detox with a mellow yoga class suitable for beginners at Barefoot Sanctuary — the only yoga studio on the Las Vegas Strip, inside the Whole Foods Town Square.
What: Sunday Morning Yoga
Where: lululemon, Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall
When: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
lululemon is always a great go-to for free yoga since most stores offer no-cost classes on weekends. The Las Vegas location extends classes to the public on Sunday mornings. Mats are provided, but arrive early to snag a spot.
What: DFW Free Day of Yoga
Where: Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth
When: Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, 2014
If you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth for the Labor Day Weekend, take advantage of free yoga across the city at more than 170 participating studios on Sept, 1. A free group class will also take place at the Fort Worth Water Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m.
Where: Runyon Canyon Park (Fuller Avenue entrance)
When: Everyday, see schedule
It’s tough to find free yoga in Los Angeles. But no-cost classes are offered at Runyon Canyon not just once a week – but several times daily! The classes, which get stellar Yelp reviews, are appropriate for all levels. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
What: Yoga in Golden Gate Park
Where: Golden Gate Park (Big Rec Baseball Field)
When: Sundays at 11 a.m.
Hold your tree pose amidst the trees in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful parks. While the class is technically free, teachers accept donations to benefit the Purusha Seva Project. Sparing a few bucks is good for karma, after all.
Where: Lombardi Sports’ Rooftop
When: Sundays at 11 a.m.
Enjoy yoga under the skies atop a rooftop in San Francisco’s hip Nob Hill neighborhood. Bring your own mat for this 60-minute all-levels class and leave with a smile – plus, a 20-percent-off coupon for in-store merchandise.
What: Gentle Yoga
When: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Through Aug. 20, 2014
Breathe and gently stretch your body in this Hatha yoga class suitable for beginners. Drop-ins are welcome, but bring your own yoga mat.
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park
When: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Through Aug. 25, 2014
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) combines the outdoors with art and yoga for a weekly summer yoga practice in its Olympic Sculpture Park. Bring your own mat and check the Facebook page for more information and weather-related cancelations.