Yoga is a necessary part of the stressful, fast-paced lifestyles that Angelenos lead. When the weather is irresistible, ditch the confines of the indoors and take a class under the sun, where you can truly connect with yourself and be one with nature. Taking your asana flow outdoors offers fresh air, inspiring views and the chance to take your practice to new levels.
Lunchtime Yoga reTREAT in Grand Park
Grand Park’s Performance Lawn
(Between Grand Ave. and Hill St.)
Los Angeles, CA. 90037
Do you work amidst the towering high rises in the urban jungle we call Downtown Los Angeles? Every Wednesday and Fridays from now through March 8 at 12:15 to 1 p.m., head out to enjoy free yoga sessions in the new Grand Park. This vibrant urban oasis is a fantastic place to commune to get your ohm on, with sweeping views extending from the Music Center to City Hall. Mats are available if you forget to bring your own.
Beach Yoga With Brad
Marine St & Water’s Edge
Santa Monica, CA. 90405
There is something incredibly healing when you can practice yoga near water and connect with the soothing surroundings. Brad leads yoga classes every weekend from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the water’s edge by lifeguard station No. 29 for a minimum donation of $10. Bring a large towel, mat, sunscreen and be prepared to get your zen on! Many students gush about watching the waves crash as they are in down dog, gazing upside-down at the ocean. Sounds relaxing, right? If you come to a Sunday class, walk to the Farmer’s Market on Main Street and Ocean Park after class for some healthy noshing. For more details about Brad and class updates, check out his Facebook page.
4101 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a fish out of water, attempting the perfect warrior pose? At this innovative concept, the ocean is your yoga studio. YOGAqua merges yoga with the sport of SUP (stand-up paddle) Boarding. Students experience all the benefits of yoga with the added challenge to the core for stability, while practicing under the rays of the sun in the picturesque, calm water in Marina Del Rey.
YOGAqua founder Sarah Tiefenthaler says, “We live in an amazing city, where we can go surfing in the morning, hiking in the afternoon, yoga at any of the various studios available to us, but what about combining those elements into one? Get outside, soak up the sun, laugh in the water, and practice your yoga!”
2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
For those who like to multitask, weekend morning yoga at Griffith Park combines vigorous hikes with your practice. Groups meet at the tall statue in front of the observatory. Expect a mix of hiking terrains with yoga poses interspersed throughout the hike. Head out on a beautiful day and be surrounded by a community of supportive energy with a great instructor who guides you through your practice on natural ground. Class season resumes in February until the week before Thanksgiving each year. To view the schedule, click on the sign up button on their website.
Runyon Canyon Yoga
2001 N Fuller Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Donation yoga classes meet at the Fuller Avenue entrance of the ever-popular Runyon Canyon. All you have to do is bring a mat or a towel to participate in an outdoor yoga class with a casual vibe that is welcoming to everyone. Classes are offered year-round, Monday through Friday at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Weekend classes are held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
These beloved yoga classes are host to a group of regular devotees, some of whom have been practicing for more than 10 years. The instructors are highly regarded for their abilities as well as for donating their time to lead these classes. Rest assured, students come to the hill in all shapes, fitness levels and ages, illustrating the beautiful diversity our city represents. Check out their Facebook page for class updates and additional information.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Her fitness articles can be found on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.