An overwhelming number of yoga poses involve saluting the sun. It only makes sense then, that we take our yoga classes outdoors. From sandy beaches and rooftop sessions to sprawling vineyards and blooming gardens, these sunny spots have everything you need to engage your inner yogi in the open air.
ON A SEASIDE DOCK
Wake up your body and clear your mind while overlooking Newport Harbor at Newport Shipyard's dock. You'll flow through breath-centered poses that target core strength, balance, and flexibility, all while making a connection to mind, body, breath and nature. Classes are led by instructors from Newport Community Yoga every Wednesday at 5:15 PM. Don't forget your mat and water. $5 per person.
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 of $10, 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.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
- Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 7:30 AM
Note: Park in the old "Navy Lot" across from the beach. Bring a big beach sheet, hat, sunglasses, sweatshirt; no yoga mat.
Awaken your mind, body and spirit by the sea, sun and sky at First Beach with Innerlight Yoga. Classes an hour and all levels, and cost $15 for drop-in or $50 for a 5 Class Beach Yoga Pass. Bring a towel in place of your yoga mat. Held June 17 - September 23, 2017.
- Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
- Saturdays & Sundays: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
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.
ON A FARM SURROUNDED BY GOATS
The goat yoga trend began last spring in Oregon, and has since swept the nation, making its way to the East Coast. Intrigued? Simmons Organic Farm in Middletown hosts Goat Yoga every Tuesday and Friday at 6:00 PM and Thursdays at 11:00 AM. The serene farmstead lends itself to a relaxing session of yoga, with rolling green lawns and a scenic view of the ocean. Not to mention, you'll be surrounded by a gaggle of baby goats. Tickets are $20.
ON THE SUNNY DECK OF A BOUTIQUE HOTEL
On the third Thursday of each month, The Attwater will open its doors for yoga from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on their sunny back deck, followed by an hour-long pop-up shop featuring notable local makers in The Attwater café. The weekly yoga series will continue through September 29. Taught by Emily Moyer from Newport’s Community Yoga Center for Wellness, the Vinyasa-style yoga classes will cost $15 for On a Lark Club members, and $20 per class for hotel and community guests.
- Thursday, July 20: Balance on Thames
- Thursday, August 17: Gather Apothecary + Tea Bar
- Thursday, September 21: Newport Sea Foam Trading Co.
ON A HARBOR-SIDE ROOFTOP
Focus on integrating movement, breath, body and mind through meditation during guided vinyasa flow classes overlooking Newport Harbor on the rooftop of Vanderbilt Grace. Instructor Emily Lawrence likes to have fun in her classes and encourages students to play in experimenting with arm balances and coming up against a growing edge both physically and mentally. The all-levels class is held every Sunday at 9:00 AM. 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 to 10:30 AM through September 29. 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. Bathing suits & yoga mats required.
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, restore and relax yoga where you'll center your body and breath to accept de-stress, aided by the use of yoga props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps and more!), and more.
Prefer to stay outdoors? Shrine Studio hosts Yoga by the Sea at Warren Town Beach every Sunday from 7:00 - 8:00 AM. Classes are free and begin June 25.
ON A SPRAWLING VINEYARD
Un-wine-d with a yoga class amid the rolling grape vines at Newport Vineyards. Presented by Thames Street Yoga and Shunya Studio, embark on a 1 hour and 15 minute yoga class followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Class is held Tuesday, August 29 from 5:45 - 7:00 PM. Don't forget your mat! Purchase tickets.
IN A PLUSH COURTYARD
Th manicured garden at Forty 1 North offers a breathtaking view of Newport Harbor, proving the perfect place to rest and unwind with a little yoga. Sessions are held every Saturday at 8:30 AM. $10 per person.
IN A QUIET PARK
Find inner peace and balance during Firefly Yoga Festival at Glen Park on Saturday, September 16. Enjoy outdoor yoga classes, live music, local vendors and food trucks. The festival takes place 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
ON A LUSH SEASIDE LAWN
Salute the sun with The Chanler on their Woodland Lawn, their most upper lawn overlooking Easton's Beach, every Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM through September 2. (Note: There will be no class August 12). Class is complimentary for all Chanler guests, and $10 for the public (Additional $5 charge to rent the mat and two blocks.) Taught by yoga instructor, Missy Horgan-Capodilupo, the class is all levels and the perfect way to begin a weekend of inner peace and serenity.