Have you jumped on the yoga train? It might be a practice dating thousands of years, but yoga is hotter and trendier than ever. For those who take the practice seriously, whether for exercise or a relaxation technique, there are plenty of places throughout Miami where you don't have to fork over your entire paycheck to exercise -- wouldn't that make it more stressful anyway?
At Bayfront Park, volunteers have hosted classes for thousands of yogis in the last few years, allowing everyone to go into Downward Dog with the view of Biscayne Bay before them. The Free Yoga Foundaton offers free classes in multiple parks. And if you're OK with a $5 donation for a class (compared to more than $15 at most studios), there are even more options.
Yoga with a View
Where: <a href="http://www.bayfrontparkmiami.com/pages/yoga.html" target="_hplink">Tina Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park</a> When: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Saturdays 9 to 10:15 a.m. Three times a week, get your vinyasa on with the view of beautiful Biscayne Bay. If the weather doesn't comply, the class will be moved into the Bayfront Park office. All yogis 18 and older of all levels are welcome to join the classes on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget your mat, water and a towel. For the less flexible, consider a yoga block as well.
Start Your Week Right
Where: <a href="http://www.freeyogafoundation.org/parks/suniland.html" target="_hplink">Suniland Park in Pinecrest</a> When: Mondays at 7 p.m. Dragging your feet at the beginning of the week? Calm your body and mind with yoga. Classes meet at the atrium near the park's main entrance. Text 786-290-8616 for class confirmation.
Where: <a href="http://www.freeyogafoundation.org/parks/south-pointe.html" target="_hplink">South Pointe in Miami Beach</a> When: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Wind down your day with yoga in the park. The class is conducted in the middle of the park, facing the channel. Text 786-267-2615 to confirm the class.
Out in the Open
Where: <a href="http://www.freeyogafoundation.org/parks/north-shore.html" target="_hplink">North Shore in Miami Beach</a> When: Sundays at 10 a.m. Conduct your yoga practice in the middle of nature. The class meets next to the Nirvana Spa entrance at the northern end of the park. Text 786-326-6621 to get confirmations on the class.
Work Your Asana
Where: <a href="http://www.lululemon.com/miami/miami/" target="_hplink">Lululemon in South Miami</a> When: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. This store walks the walk when it comes to healthy living, with the athletic clothing store turning into a yoga studio Sunday mornings.
Yoga in the Shade
Where: <a href="http://www.dailyofferingyoga.com/daily_offering_yoga/Welcome.html" target="_hplink">Legion Park in Miami</a> When: Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Join instructor Anamargret as she leads classes through Hatha flow under the trees. All levels of experience are welcome to join the practice. Don't forget your mat and towel!
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