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Outdoor yoga for the (downward) dog days of summer

Posted by Courtney Hollands  May 31, 2011 12:12 PM

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We're looking forward to the warm summer months ahead to bend, fold, and stretch with these alfresco yoga options around the city. Most of the classes are free.

- The Liberty Hotel hosts both guests and locals at their courtyard yoga class every Saturday. The sessions, led by Equinox instructors, run all summer long (the class is held indoors during cooler months). It's BYOM — bring your own mat. 10 a.m.; free

[Stretching my soul, not my wallet / Courtesy of the Liberty Hotel]

- The Esplanade Association will again offer a variety of free yoga classes with Bare Bones Yoga’s Karen Fabian. A 45-minute class on one Sunday each month (June 19 is the next one) integrates games and activities — it's perfect for kids of all ages. There's also sunset yoga for the more advanced yogi from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 20 through September. See website for schedule; free.

- Through June 16, the Boston Common Frog Pond is offering morning yoga classes on Thursdays. The power vinyasa classes are led by Kyoungho Koh and are appropriate for all levels. Some mats are available to use. 9-10 a.m.; free

- Branching Out Yoga in Jamaica Plain is bringing a series of their classes outdoors beginning Sunday, June 8, through August. Catch a one-hour hatha yoga class on the first and third Sundays of the month by Dawson Pond at the Arnold Arboretum. 9 a.m.; by donation only

- Finally, the Spa at The InterContinental holds sunrise yoga on the waterfront lawn on Saturday mornings through September 3. Guests, locals, and all skill levels are welcome. 8-9 a.m.; free, mats and balance blocks are available to rent for $10

If you're willing to trek to get your Zen on (why not make a day of it?), try these spots, too:

- Stretch by the sea on the beach at Spectacle Island every Saturday from June 18 to August 27. 10:30 a.m., noon; free

- The North and South Rivers Watershed Association presents "Yoga at the River's Edge" on Saturdays from June 17 to September 10 at various locations. 8:30-10 a.m.; $12, $10 for members

- Sip complimentary coconut water and enjoy live music at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's monthly "Yoga in the Park" series (June 12, July 10, and August 14), co-hosted by Stil Studio in Lincoln. Classes for all ages will be staggered from 10 a.m. to noon; $10 per session, $25 for all three sessions

— Rachel Raczka, Staff

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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