A large number of yoga poses involve saluting the sun. From mountain pose to upward facing dog, even the most basic of poses help yogis create the perfect flow of movement to improve breathing, flexibility and concentration all while pointing towards the warmth of the sun. And despite this, yoga is often carried out indoors.
Fortunately, this summer brings a wealth of unique spots to get your sirsasana on outdoors. From sandy beaches and rooftop sessions to sprawling vineyards and blooming gardens, these locales have everything you need to unwind, whether you're ready to master the firefly pose, or you're still trying to conquer the warrior pose (guilty as charged).
IN A CHARMING, SEASIDE STATE PARK
Colt State Park in Bristol tours more than 464 acres of lawns, stone walls and curving drives along some of the state’s most beautiful shorelines, making it the perfect place to find your inner peace and balance. This summer, Lulu Lemon hosts their summer yoga series with a 90 minute class in this charming state park on Sunday, July 24. The series also features a class in Providence and Misquamicut. Purchase tickets to all 3 classes for $30, or a single class for $20.
ON THE BEACH
Island Yoga is heading out to Third Beach for a mixture of sun and salutations. The community class is free, with a suggested donation, and is held five days per week for one hour. Reduce tension, increase strength and flexibility, and find inner peace among the sound of the waves. The schedule:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
- Wednesdays and Fridays: 7:00 - 8:00 AM
- Saturdays: 7:30 - 7:30 PM.
Awaken your mind, body and spirit by the sea, sun and sky at First Beach with Innerlight Yoga. Classes are $15 for a drop-in or $50 for a 5 Class Beach Yoga Pass, for 75 minutes, all-levels. Note: Parking is free in Lot 2, however a $10 fee will be collected at the gate and returned when students exit the parking lot after class. Bring a towel in place of your yoga mat!
- Saturdays: 8:30 AM - 9:45 PM
- Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
ON A HARBOR-SIDE ROOFTOP
Focus on integrating movement, breath, body and mind through meditation during guided flow classes overlooking Newport Harbor on the rooftop of Vanderbilt Grace. The all-levels class is held every Saturday through September 24 at 9:00 AM. $15 per person. Reservations required.
IN AN AWARD-WINNING GARDEN
A canopy of trees, blooming flora and an ocean view are your inspiration for tranquility during Bristol Yoga Studio's outdoor series presented at Bithewold Mansion's award winning garden. Classes are held each Friday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM through September 2. Drop ins are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
Ultimate R&R Package Deal: Experience Flow & Float, a 1 hour vinyasa flow class in the Bodhi Spa zen garden, followed by a 1-hour water journey session in the spa. The yoga & water journey is held every Saturday at 8:00 AM. $40 per person.
IN A HAIR SALON
Yes, you heard us right. Part hair salon, part yoga studio, Shrine Salon & Yoga aims to blend inner peace and outer beauty. Classes include hot power yoga, sweet slow flow featuring classic posture, alignment and discovery in the body while learning to embrace and accept the present moment, or a warm rise and shine class.
Prefer to stay outdoors? Shrine Studio is hosting Yoga by the Sea at Warren Town Beach every Sunday from 7:00 - 8:00 AM. Classes are free and begin July 3 through August 21.
IN A QUIET PARK
Get your head out of the books and join the Newport Public Library for a free yoga classes in Aquidneck Park, located next to the library.
- Thursday, June 30: 9:00 AM - 9:45 PM - A Hatha Style class that is slow, gentle and involves deep stretching. Intructed by Tenth Gate Yoga.
- Tuesday, August 9: 5:30- 6:15 PM - A Vinyasa flow and creative movement style yoga for adults and kids instructed by Mahatma Yoga
- Tuesday, August 16: 5:30 - 6:15 PM - A Vinyasa flow class focusing on breath, awareness and intention. Instructed by Thames Street Yoga.
AT A VINEYARD
“Un-wine-d” with a yoga class at Newport Vineyards featuring a 75-minute vinyasa class presented by Thames Street Yoga and Shunya Studio. Bonus: the class is followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting amid the sprawling vines. Classes are $26 per person.
- Thursday, July 14: 5:45 - 7:00 PM - Yoga; 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Wine tasting
- Thursday, August 25: 5:45 - 7:00 PM - Yoga; 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Wine tasting
- Thursday, September 29: 5:45 - 7:00 PM - Yoga; 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Wine tasting
ON A HISTORIC FARM
Bristol's second annual Bristol Summer Yoga Fest returns to Coggeshall Farm Museum, a historic farm museum that allows visitors to experience first-hand how families lived on a tenant farm in the 1790's. The all-day, free yoga fest, presented by Bristol Yoga Studio and East Bay Bikram Yoga, features yoga classes for all levels, Z Food Truck and local arts and crafts vendors. The event is free, with suggested donations for the museum and/or a non-perishable donation for the East Bay Food Pantry.
Pro Tip: Use code "Summer16" to get 16% off your registration fee. Registration.
- 10:30 AM: Family Yoga
- Noon: Bikram Yoga
- 1:30 PM: Vinyasa Yoga