It’s a stressful time in the world right now, what with a Brexit shaking up the world economy and a somber Pride weekend kicking off, not to mention the overstuffed man suit alien Men in Black currently running for president as a Republican. On top of all that, you have your job, which maybe doesn’t give you as much outside or active time as you’d like to have this summer.
The good news is you can de-stress yourself for free before, after and during work all summer long thanks to a big selection of free yoga classes around Brooklyn, most of them outdoors too. You can get up early to do a lotus pose in Prospect Park, pop by BRIC for a free lunch stretch accompanied by music or check out the Navy Yard’s new boardwalk/landscape to do some downward facing dog after you clock out. Here’s how to do free yoga nearly every day of the week this summer.
Sunrise: Abhaya Yoga
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6
7:30am through July 25
Join Sunrise Abhaya Yoga for a yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. BYO mat (a limited number will be available to borrow); registration begins at 7am.
Free yoga at the Navy Yard
On the new boardwalk at the Naval Cemetery Landscape
Williamsburg Street West
The class draws from the Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga traditions and will use breath and movement to achieve meditation and relaxation. Led by instructor Bill Loundy, founder of The Yoke, a yoga-focused tech startup. Suitable for all experience levels. RSVP.
goodyoga at North 5th Pier
North 5th Street at the river, Williamsburg
6:30pm-7:30pm, through Sept. 4
Free Fresh Air Yoga
Prospect Park in the Long Meadow
Every Thursday night through Sept. 10, Bend & Bloom and Lululemon are teaming up with the Prospect Park Alliance to offer an open-level outdoor class. Enter through Grand Army Plaza and look for the group in the North End of Long Meadow; BYO mat.
BRIC’s Lunchtime Yoga + Live Music series
BRIC House Gallery, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
1-2pm, July 8-Aug. 12
Bend + Bloom and BRIC Arts are bringing back their annual lunchtime yoga series, giving you a chance to attend a free group glass while checking out BRIC’s art gallery and hearing live music. See the full schedule of musicians here.
goodyoga at Transmitter Park
Greenpoint Avenue at the river, Greenpoint
7pm-8pm, Through Sept. 4
The free classes are an accessible Vinyasa flow, good for every level of practice. Look for the teacher in the red goodyoga shirt. BYO mat! FREE outdoor classes!