The 12 Most Incredible Places You'll Ever Do Yoga

The 12 Most Incredible Places You'll Ever Do Yoga

When you’re seeking to quiet the mind, there’s no better environment than this magnificent French Gothic-style cathedral in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The weekly yoga class even comes with a bonus: finding your flow on top of a labyrinth. The 75-minute class runs Tuesday nights at 6:15 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10. Two words to the wise: Bring your own yoga mat and dress in layers, as the cathedral can be a little chilly.

You’ve heard of swimming with the dolphins, but how about doing yoga with them? That’s what you’ll experience when you sign up for the Yoga Among the Dolphins class at The Mirage. While you won’t actually be in the water with Flipper, you will be in the underwater viewing area at Dolphin Habitat where you can watch the playful sea mammals swim in front of you. (Hello, dolphin pose!) Classes, which are offered Friday through Sunday, cost $50. 

What do you do when it’s not winter and you can’t heli-ski? Why, you heli-yoga, of course. Just as you probably suspect, a helicopter transports you to a remote place in the Canadian Rockies so you can really connect with your inner yogi. We couldn’t think of a better place to do this than in Banff’s wild alpine landscapes. Book your trip through Icefield Heli Tours.

Hawaii couldn’t be more different from the mainland United States, especially when it comes to its residents’ stress levels. Hawaii was recently ranked the state with the least stressed residents according to a Gallup poll. (Go figure, right?) It’s only fitting then that among the state’s serene settings you can do your crescent moon as the sun sets over Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu. Beach Sunset Yoga Hawaii offers classes ($15) on the palm tree-dotted lawn overlooking the park’s white sand beach on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m.

Doing warrior I will take on new meaning when you take a yoga class in the Cabildo, a building on Jackson Square erected in the late 1700s to house the city council when New Orleans was under Spanish control. Today, this National Historic Landmark is the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum. Catch yoga classes, which are held in a wood-floored gallery that’s bathed in natural light, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings for $12 per class. 

If it’s summer in the Windy City, then it’s time to take your mat (or hotel towel) to the Great Lawn at Millennium Park, one of the city’s most happening parks. The reason? Free yoga classes. The 45-minute workouts take place Saturdays at 8 a.m. from June through August. If you’re feeling really adventurous, come an hour earlier for tai chi or stay later for Pilates and Zumba workouts, all free.

Love contemporary art? Then roll out your mat at Louisville’s hippest hotel, which features rotating exhibits of works by living artists. Just make sure you allow time to explore the hotel’s numerous nooks and crannies; it’s an adventure from the time you walk in the door. The appropriately named Yoga with Art classes, which take place in one of the galleries, run every Sunday for 75 minutes; cost is only $5. 

Even the most off-the-beaten-path destinations have gotten into the yoga movement, and the Tutka Bay Lodge, situated at the head of a seven-mile fjord on Kachemak Bay near Homer, is no exception. Here, you can gaze into the wilderness while taking complimentary daily yoga classes on the outside deck, weather permitting, of course. Go next summer and you’ll experience the deck with its new pergola and heat lamps. 

You’ll get a real high when you do yoga on the open-air Zen Deck at this all-inclusive, five-star wellness resort. The deck extends from the resort’s Tree House, a glass-enclosed fitness studio which towers 25 feet above the ground. Combine that with stunning views of the Caribbean, and you’ll squash all of your stress in seconds flat. 

Think there’s no such thing as free in the Big Apple? You obviously haven’t looked hard enough, especially if you’re in the market for a yoga class. Just head to Bryant Park, one of the city’s best attractions. Not only can you do free yoga classes spring through early fall here, depending on the season, you can also find complimentary Ping-Pong, petanque, tai chi, birding tours, even wifi. Check the park’s web site for the yoga schedule. 

South Beach might be best known for its scantily clad beach-goers and late night party scene, but venture to the beach at Third Street, and you’ll find a group dedicated to finding calm amidst the frenzy. As long as the temperature doesn’t dip below 55 degrees, a rotating team of yoga instructors teaches hour-long yoga classes in the sand every morning and evening. The coolest part, besides, of course, digging your feet in the sand and gazing at the ocean as you nail your poses? Classes are donation-based. Bring a towel or blanket (mats get super sandy) and dress in layers. 

Why do they call one of yoga’s basic asanas mountain pose? You’ll find out—literally—when you head to the top of Aspen Mountain for hour-long yoga classes offered during summer outside on a deck overlooking the mountains. (Classes also run in winter but are held inside; you still have breathtaking views, though.) The three-day-a-week classes are free and mats are provided, but you do have to purchase a ticket to ride the gondola to get there. Or if you’re really ambitious, and want to save some dough while burning extra vacation calories, you can hike or skin up!