The best ways to practise yoga right now
Have you ever heard of Rainforest yoga? Me neither but I would love to try it.
Of course our cousins across the pond have given me some good ideas, if only Piers Morgan and Donald Trrump would consider it. I seriously would take over and make them, well, at least try a salute to the sun.
You can be more flexible, and…
- muscle strength and tone.
- better respiration, energy and vitality.
- a balanced metabolism.
Luckily Pavillion, Denver, and has opened back up just in time for International Yoga Day. Try yoga with a difference and surround yourself with exotic plants and beautiful butterflies. An hour-long class will provide a nature-centric yoga experience that will rejuvenate your mind and body. No matter your skill level, Rainforest Yoga at Butterfly Pavilion provides a unique opportunity to de-stress, unwind, and revitalise.
Yoga At Altitude – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado
Travelling yoga fans can experience a downward dog at a mile high in one of the USA’s most iconic outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Surrounded by views of Denver and the plains, visitors can join up with others at high altitude for a (literally) breath-taking sunrise yoga session. In addition to the stunning views, research shows that there are great benefits to working out at altitude, it helps improve your body’s ability to deliver oxygen to your muscles and therefore, better prepare you for lower oxygen workouts.
Grab your mat and head into the hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the U.S. most of which provide peaceful settings for a spot of yoga. With over 165 parks, from regional to small neighbourhoods, Schenley Park is by far the largest spanning 456 acres and boasting beautiful views of the city skyline. Frick Park is known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park and visitors should head to Clayton Hill and surround themselves with over 100 species of birds. Finally, Emerald View Park offers yogi’s a wealth of vistas in which to lay down a mat and take up the lotus position while enjoying the view.
Be Luminous Yoga, Seattle
Commemorate International Yoga Day with Be Luminous who are offering fun live online classes, their classes are all-levels, so jump into any class no matter your experience level. Additionally, Be Luminous has free weekly Meditation and Connection events, anyone can join in for a moment of stillness and community. Be Luminous yoga studio also hosts strength training classes which are scheduled on – Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm GMT.
Worship the sun on Florida’s Paradise Coast, Florida
With 30 miles of pristine, white sandy beaches to choose from, beach yoga is a daily pastime for visitors and locals throughout Florida’s Paradise Coast. Marco Island, just south of the hustle and bustle of Naples, is the ideal space to step into and take a moment to yourself. Looking out onto the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Floridian sunshine on your face and the sound of the rolling waves provides the perfect backdrop for mindfulness.
Find your flow in Greater Palm Springs, California
This desert oasis is well renowned for calling those who wish to relax and rejuvenate and seems only fitting to start the day with a sun salutation to a destination that receives over 300 days of sunshine. If you’re looking for a more adventurous yoga experience, why not try aerial and trapeze yoga. Using silk hammocks and straps adds the benefit of gravity to traditional yoga poses for increased strength and flexibility. Open to all levels, this playful practice is offered at Bikram Yoga in Palm Desert and Yoga Bliss in Palm Springs.
Paddleboard yoga in Newport Beach, California
Relax and test your balance on the calm waters of Newport Beach with a Bliss Paddle Yoga session. With no distractions to disturb your inner peace, yogis can practice balancing and breathing with knowledgeable instructors. In a truly glorious Californian setting, this workout will be good for the mind, body and the soul.
Beach yoga in Huntington Beach, California
Listen to the calming sound of waves against the shore with a Sun and Sea Healing yoga class on the sandy beaches in Huntington Beach. Both individual and small group classes are available every evening as the sun sets, allowing attendees to channel their inner Zen in a beautiful setting.
Private yoga, meditation and shaman sessions in the Big Sur forest – Post Ranch Inn, California
Voted as Conde Nast Traveller’s best hotel for design, and Travel + Leisure’s best hotel in California, Post Ranch Inn is one of the world’s leading resorts for luxury, relaxation and ultimate privacy. Located high atop the cliffs of Big Sur, the resort offers organic products, natural healing elements and intuitive healing arts, such as Shaman sessions, fire ceremonies and drum journeys to go alongside private yoga and meditation sessions. The yoga session includes traditional ‘asanas’ (postures), balance poses and ‘pranayama’ (breath work).
LA Rooftop yoga in West Hollywood, California
You can take in another terrific view of the Los Angeles skyline at the Andaz West Hollywood. One Sunday per month, guests and locals meet for a one-hour yoga class on the rooftop panorama lounge. Complimentary Zico coconut water beverages are available and after class yoga attendees receive 20% off a bottomless brunch at Riot House restaurant on the first floor.
Mountain yoga in Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Lakes is nestled into the breathtaking Eastern Sierra mountain range and is the perfect backdrop for you to develop a deeper connection with your practice. Mammoth Yoga Festival (27 – 30 August, 2020) will provide you with accessible yoga for all levels, educational immersions, speaker panels, live music, a yoga market filled with artisanal vendors and more. If you can’t make the festival then you can still make that connection at local studio Mountain Sol Yopa, which offers community meditation sessions, ayurveda, kids yoga, tweens & teens yoga, yoga with your baby and family yoga classes available. Mountain Sol also hosts workshops in yoga, art and other wellness modalities.
Yoga whilst staring at the bottom of South Lake Tahoe, California / Nevada
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is your chance to push your limits in a safe environment and make you feel reinvigorated once you’re done – but can you handle the distraction of doing it over crystal clear water on Lake Tahoe? Rent a paddleboard so you can enjoy yoga like you’ve never done before – looking down through the fresh turquoise water into the bottom of the lake! If you want guidance join a lesson with Lake Tahoe Yoga at Lakeview Commons.
Beer yoga in Sacramento, California
Do you love Yoga and Beer? Or love beer and are curious about Yoga? Check out ‘Beer Yoga’ every Sunday at Big Stump Brew Co. For $25 you get a 1-hour Yoga class and a Big Stump Brew after class. It’s the perfect Sunday Funday, and you can get a good sweat before enjoying your Sunday beer. Alternatively if the sun is out and nature is showing off, you might find a free yoga in the park experience somewhere in the city on.
Practice under the palmtrees in Tahiti, The Islands of Tahiti
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or looking to start practising, Tahiti has something to offer, all set to the backdrop of the island’s tropical flora, waterfalls and pristine beaches. The secluded beaches which surround the island are the perfect setting to work on your flow, and yogi’s can enjoy a post-workout coconut straight from the tree or a refreshing dip in the South Pacific Ocean. Try the Ohana Yoga School Tahiti who offer both classes and full courses.
Practice yoga in a Buddhist temple, Japan
You’ll find yoga studios in every big city, with classes varying from traditional yoga styles to modern variations, such as hot yoga. If you’re looking for something more unusual, it’s also possible to take classes in a Japanese style of yoga known as shin-shin-toitsu-do, translated as the way of mind and body unification. This style dates back to the 1920s but is still relatively unknown outside Japan. For the ultimate detox from modern life, try a yoga retreat held in a Buddhist temple, where you can combine your yoga practice with meditation sessions and other traditional Japanese ceremonies. Many of these are offered with English-language instruction, making sessions accessible to tourists.
Morning yoga by the shore, Hachinohe, Japan
Relax your body and mind with a morning yoga session on the beautiful Tanesashi Coast. Hosted every Saturday morning from 7:00 AM on the Tanesashi Natural Lawn, both beginners and more advanced yoga practitioners can enjoy the experience at their own pace. Part of the Sanriku Fukko National Park, it is known for its contrasting scenery of rich green, blues, and whites. This slice of serene nature is the perfect spot to relax and refresh, take part in one of the country’s most unique yoga experiences.
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