Being outside while getting your "namaste on" (aka outdoor yoga) can be a really refreshing experience. Imagine doing the tree pose underneath the trees, downward-facing dog with the help of your dog or completing a sun salutation while opening your heart to the actual sun above. Nice, right?
In fact, the most memorable yoga class I’ve ever taken happened a few years ago in Piedmont Park, underneath one of the large oaks on the hill along 10th Street. The sun was setting, the breeze rustled and the mind-body-nature connection was the trifecta that helped me stretch deeper and relax more completely. So I highly recommend that you give outdoor yoga a try at least once.
And you’re in luck because, as opportunities to get fit in Atlanta continue to boom, there are more chances than ever to get more creative with your workout routine, including plenty of options for free yoga. So jettison the traditional gym or yoga studio for one session, take advantage of these opportunities and be make sure to BYOM - Bring Your Own Mat.
- Yoga on the Atlanta BeltLine
As we mentioned before, the BeltLine is bursting with free fitness classes year round, so you should definitely browse the calendar for classes such as Trail Yoga and Yoga for Families. The classes are free, but you do have to register. Days, times and locations vary.
- Yoga in Woodruff Park
All levels are welcome to free yoga in downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, available every Wednesday at 6 p.m. through the end of July. This treat is hosted by Central Atlanta Progress and Yoga with Friends. Click here for parking options or ride the free Atlanta Streetcar or MARTA.
- Wellness Wednesdays
Atlantic Station’s partnership with Athleta, a women’s sports fitness brand, means that free yoga classes are offered each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Atlantic Station’s Central Park through the end of September. Capacity tops out around 80 people, so arrive early for space.
- King of Pops Yoga
The popular Atlanta-based frozen treat brand King of Pops offers a sunset opportunity to enjoy yoga outside every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the field beside at the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park.
- Sweet Escape Yoga Classes
Sweet Escape offers free outdoor yoga classes in metro Atlanta parks or galleries in Midtown, Buckhead, Smyrna, Vinings and Marietta. Donations are accepted.
- Pink Barre
Check out Barre in the Park sessions at Pink Barre fitness studio's Emory Point and Buckhead locations.
Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.