If you live in Los Angeles and you do yoga, you probably already have a favorite yoga studio, a favorite instructor, and a favorite class. But why limit yourself to one vaguely sweat-scented indoor studio? Now that it’s warming up outside, try your tree pose in a local park or move your mountain pose to the mountains.
From stretching on the sand in Santa Monica to an evening flow on a WeHo rooftop, outdoor yoga is a chance to relax and take in the beauty of your Southern California surroundings. Some of these classes have been held in the same location for years, and others are just around for the season.
Check the related links for details—and weather-related cancellations—before you head to class, and don’t forget your mat. Most outdoor yoga classes don’t provide them.
Every Saturday and Sunday morning, from 10:30 to noon, if you follow Marine Street in Santa Monica all the way to the water, you’ll find a Beach Yoga with Brad class. After 10 years of teaching beach yoga near lifeguard station 29, Brad Keimach only has a few classes left (May 19, 26, and 27) before he retires. He’s passing the beach yoga torch to Vee Gomez, who plans to expand the class schedule. Check the Facebook page for updates. $15 cash per class.
Marina del Rey
A few miles south, another beach yoga class is held weekly on Saturdays at 10 a.m. According to the Yoga Bunny, aka Bunok Kravitz, the class has been going for 28 years, and she started teaching it about nine years ago. Classes are held where Hurricane Street meets the sand.
Kravitz says, “Class is $10, but no one is ever turned away if they cannot afford to come.”
Marina del Rey
A yoga class held on stand-up paddleboards in Marina del Rey’s harbor might sound challenging, but YOGAqua founder Sarah Tiefenthaler says it’s not as hard as people think.
“Everyone feels a little shaky at first, but being on the water feels more and more natural every minute you’re out there,” she says, emphasizing that the water in the harbor is very calm.
The 90-minute classes are held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and the first 30 minutes focus on learning to use a paddleboard. The $44 price includes equipment. (It’s $30 if you bring your own board.) Register on the YOGAqua website.
Want to do yoga with a view of the ocean, but avoid getting your mat all sandy? Check out Yogalution’s Free Yoga on the Bluff. Classes are held on the grassy bluff at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue in Long Beach daily from 11 a.m. to noon all year long; seasonal classes are held Monday through Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. Founder Dharma Shakti, who teaches the weekend classes, suggests checking the @yogalutiononthebluff Instagram for updates.
Every second Saturday of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m., Isabelle Royer teaches a free yoga class on the octagon at the Redondo Beach Pier (500 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach, below Kincaid’s).
The series is organized by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach as a way to promote health, fitness, goodwill, and awareness of the free services they provide to cancer patients and their supporters. Check Royer’s Instagram for updates.
This summer, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund is sponsoring a series of seven free yoga classes taught by Jennifer Elliott. The first one will be held Sunday, June 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills (30000 Mulholland Highway).
The class is free, but registration is required, because space is limited to about 50 people. Come early or stay late to get in a hike while you’re there.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia (301 North Baldwin Avenue) holds yoga classes in their garden from April to June. The Arboretum is a wildlife sanctuary, so expect to see migratory birds and other species—including their famous peafowl. (Technically, only the males are called peacocks.)
Yoga is held Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Brie Wakeland leads the classes, which start with a warm-up stroll. The $15 class fee includes Arboretum admission.
Opportunities to do yoga with goats are popping up everywhere these days, but yoga with goats and beer? That’s special. Golden Road Brewing (5410 San Fernando Road) and Hello Critter Goat Yoga teamed up to offer a series of classes on brewery’s Astroturf “lawn,” and the $30 price includes an hour of yoga, a beer, and a meet and greet with the goats.
A representative for Golden Road says, “You can fully expect the goats to be climbing all over you throughout the practice. Downward dog, cat/cow, and tabletop position are all perfect opportunities for goats to hop on.” A tip: Wear a shirt that covers your back, because the hooves can sometimes scratch. View the schedule on Golden Road’s website.
Start your Sunday morning in style with an 8:30 a.m. yoga class in the Malibu Hills. Malibu Wines holds the classes, taught by Emily Paige, twice a month at their outdoor tasting room. After class, they serve everyone a glass of the Saddlerock Sparkling Brut Mimosa. Upcoming classes are June 10 and June 24. Reserve your spot online, and bring $20 cash for the class. Park at 32111 Mulholland Highway, and take the complimentary shuttle.
Hollywood Hills West
Yoga classes are held every day at 10:30 a.m. at the Fuller Avenue entrance to Runyon Canyon Park. Daniel Overberger, who teaches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, says, “We are the longest running donation-based outdoor yoga class in SoCal. All of our teachers have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of teaching experience, and we each have our own style.”
Beginners are welcome. Check the Facebook page for updates.
A donation-based yoga class (suggested donation $10) is held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at the Fern Dell entrance to Griffith Park, near the bear statue. Jewel Greenberg and Gretchen Stoll take turns teaching the classes, which are all posted on the group’s Meetup page. After yoga, swing by the nearby Trails Café for an outdoor snack.
Pershing Square’s recreational programs include free yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. The beginner-friendly class, taught by Aubrey Last, is held in the community room in the winter and moves to the lawn in spring and summer. Check the instructor’s Facebook page for updates.
The Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown (899 Francisco Street) has partnered with Yogis on the Move for a series of yoga classes on the pool deck. In June, they’re holding pride-themed yoga with colorful body paint and music from LGBTQ artists. In July, try Speakeasy Yoga featuring music from the Prohibition Era. Classes are Sundays at 10 a.m. and cost $15.
If you’re heading to the open-air Smorgasburg food market at ROW DTLA for Sunday brunch, try a rooftop Silent Disco yoga class while you’re there. The 75-minute classes start at 10:30 a.m. and cost $25 ($20 if you buy in advance).
Justin Henderson, founder of Bender, the company that organizes the rooftop yoga, can often be found in the DJ booth. He says, “Sound Off headphones help by blocking out distractions, giving a sense of personal space, and letting you hear both the music and the teacher’s voice at the perfect level.” Advance signup is recommended, because space is limited.
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jake Ferree leads yoga classes on the roof of the Palihouse West Hollywood hotel (8465 Holloway Drive). The season kicks off with a Vinyasa & Violin class on Wednesday, May 23, and runs through October. Classes are $20, or $15 if you sign up online at least 24 hours in advance.
Ferree says, “I try to make the classes more ‘event’ oriented so we usually encourage people to stay after for dinner. The restaurants at the hotel give rooftop yogis a discount.”
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