These Are The Best Outdoor Yoga Classes In New York City

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When the weather finally gets nice in New York City, it's like New Yorkers get released from a cage. After being sequestered to our apartments all winter, we want to do everything outside, including work out. And while stepping out into the fast-paced city can be invigorating, sometimes you just want to relax and unwind in nature.
New York City parks are some of the best in the country, and there are lots of outdoor yoga classes offered all over the city, all summer long. The key is knowing when and where they're happening, so you don't stumble upon a group of yogis when they're already in Savasana.
Ahead, you'll find a guide to the best outdoor yoga classes to try this summer. Can't you just see your sunset yoga Instagram already?
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Meatpacking District

The Sweat Sessions is a weekly workout meet-up hosted in the Meatpacking District throughout the summer. While the classes are free to attend, they're raising money and awareness for Exhale into Inhale, a nonprofit that helps domestic and sexual violence survivors through trauma-informed yoga.

Good to know: Check their schedule at the start of the week to see when the yoga classes are, because there are other workouts (like bootcamp and Pilates) offered.

Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park, 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. Tuesday, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
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Union Square

Every week at the north end of Union Square, Paragon Sports hosts a free outdoor yoga class. The park is conveniently located by lots of subway lines, so it may be the perfect spot to meet your friends before or after work.

Good to know: They provide 20 mats to use on a first come first serve basis, otherwise you've got to bring your own.

Union Square Park, Manhattan. Free. Thursday, 7am and 7:30pm all summer long.
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Brooklyn Grange

The Insta-famous 2.5-acre rooftop farm in Long Island City Queens hosts weekly sunset yoga classes all summer long. The class is an asana practice, and it's appropriate for all levels.

Good to know: You'll need your own mat for class, and they recommend bringing a light scarf or eye mask in case it gets too sunny.

Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY. $17 for one class, $85 for six classes. Monday, 6:30-7:30pm from June 4 to the end of September.
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Prospect Park

If you need a break from New York City stress and want to escape for an hour, take yoga class at Prospect Park. Class is hosted by the Brooklyn-based yoga studio Bend & Bloom, and takes place in the Long Meadow, which is the longest unbroken meadow in any urban park in the United States. In other words, it's very peaceful.

Good to know: You can bring your dog, so long as they're quiet and able to lay for an hour.

Long Meadow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Free. Thursday, 7 pm from June 1 to August 31.
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Bryant Park

Midtown Manhattan might not seem like the calmest place to come to practice yoga, but the yoga classes held at Bryant Park may change your mind. Each class is taught by a different NYC-based instructor from some of the top studios in the city, so it's a great opportunity to sample different styles for free.

Good to know: If you arrive 30 minutes early, and are one of the first 1,200 people, you can use one of the mats provided by Gaiam.

Bryant Park Lawn, Manhattan. Free. Tuesday at 10am and Thursday at 6pm beginning May 24.
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Riverside Park South

You'll practice mindful breath and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance during this all-levels, full-spectrum yoga class.

Good to know: It's located in Riverside Park South, alongside the Hudson River, so the view is of New Jersey.

Lawn at 74th Street in Riverside Park South, Manhattan. Free. Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm from May 10 to October 25.
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Central Park

In terms of iconic New York City parks, you can't really beat Central Park's Sheep Meadow. There's emphasis on breathing and alignment in this vinyasa yoga class, however you can expect to get in a good workout by the end of the 75-minute practice.

Good to know: You can rent a mat for $2 cash, but it's best to reserve yours ahead of time, because they book up fast.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park. $15 for a group class, $75 for a private. Mondays, Fridays, Saturday, Sunday at noon; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm.
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Randall's Island Park

As you move through your yoga flows gazing at the sunset over the East River, take in the history of Randall's Island. In the 1930s, the Metropolitan Conference on Parks ordered that Randall's Island, which was used as a hospital and site for juvenile delinquents, be cleared and used for recreation only. Nowadays, it's a gorgeous, kind of undiscovered park just off East Harlem.

Good to know: You have to take a bus from the subway to get to Randall's Island, or you can walk there via the footbridge at 103rd Street.

Sunken Meadow Picnic Area, Randall's Island. Free. Tuesdays at 6:30pm beginning May 8.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Catch sweeping views of lower Manhattan at this sunrise yoga class at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Classes are taught by instructors from Abhaya Yoga, a studio in Gowanus and Dumbo.

Good to know: Registration starts at 7am, so this class is best suited for early birds.

Pier 6 Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free. Mondays at 7:30am, from June 4 to July 30.
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Gantry Plaza State Park & Astoria Park

The Yoga Room is a Queens-based yoga studio that offers outdoor classes all summer long. Each week, classes are held either at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City or Astoria Park in Astoria, so be sure to check the schedule to make sure you're going to the right place.

Good to know: You'll be able to see sweeping views of Manhattan from Gantry Plaza State Park, whereas Astoria Park offers views of the RFK-Triborough Bridge — so plan your Instagram accordingly.

Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, and Astoria Park in Queens. Free. Saturday at 12pm and Sunday at 11am.

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