One of the best ways to celebrate summer is by taking your yoga practice outside and into nature. We have such a short few months of nice weather in Minnesota, so it’s natural to want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. Want to learn more about yoga and the different yoga studios around the twin cities? Check out our free local yoga guide to find the right yoga classes and studio for you.
Practicing yoga outside allows you to connect more deeply with the natural elements and engage all of your senses. Feeling the (sometimes lumpy) earth beneath you, the gentle breeze on your skin, the sun on your face, and noticing the scent in the air and the sounds of the birds in the trees.
Being out in nature has a natural calming and healing effect on our nervous systems, so embrace this new landscape. The ground may not be as even as a studio floor, but how can that help you find greater balance? The sounds of the world around you may be distracting, but how can that help you hone your focus?
When the weather hits just right for an outdoor yoga class, it can be the perfect reset for those of us who spend a lot of time indoors and in front of screens.
A few considerations before you go:
- Protect yourself from the sun – depending on the time of day, you may need to wear sunscreen or grab sunglasses.
- Bugs are out! Bring some eco-friendly bug spray or put some on before you leave.
- Bring your own mat – and maybe a blanket to put under your mat, depending on the surface.
- Grab a journal – take some time before or after class to reflect and journal about what’s coming up for you that day
Minneapolis Outdoor Yoga Classes 2022
Thursday Sunset Yoga at The Sculpture Garden – 7:30pm – come for the yoga, stay for the sunset!
Yoga Summer Series at Target Field Station – 10am Saturdays – donation-based classes raise money for community organizations.
Yoga Fika Summer Meditation Series – 7:30am Fridays at Waterworks Park by the River – enjoy movement and mindfulness, along with coffee and community
Outdoor Yoga at Kenwood Park with the Colorful Movement Wellness Club – various days and times throughout the summer.
Outdoor Little Kids Yoga (9 months-4 years old) – Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30am, child attends with parent, at the Lake Nokomis Butterfly Gardens with Blooma
Thursday Flow at Lake Nokomis Butterfly Gardens (starts June 23rd) – 4:30pm on Thursdays with Blooma
Friday Happy Hour Yoga (all levels) at Lake Harriet Peace Gardens – 4:30pm on Fridays with rotating instructors from Blooma
St Paul Outdoor Yoga Classes 2022
Sunday morning yoga at Malcolm Yards – 10am Sundays at Malcolm Yards in St Paul
FREE Wednesday evening yoga at Union Depot – 5:30pm at the North Plaza at Union Depot
FREE Saturday morning yoga at Union Depot – 9am at the North Plaza at Union Depot
Twin Cities Metro Outdoor Yoga Classes 2022
Sunday Morning Yoga in the Vines – 9:45am at St Croix Vineyard – your ticket comes with a complimentary glass of wine after class
Sunday Morning Yoga at the River – 9am in Historic Hastings, presented by MN Yoga + Life Magazine
Wednesday Sunset Yoga in Maple Grove – 7pm at the park at Town Green – FREE class with donations optional
Thursday morning Yoga in the Yard – 8:30am at Lowell Park in Stillwater
We’ve shared the ongoing outdoor yoga series that are happening this summer, but you can also find lots of additional outdoor yoga classes listed on our events page. Share this post with someone you want to do yoga with this summer!