Al-fresco yoga? Bring it on!
There’s a tendency during the summer months to do as much as possible outdoors in order to take advantage of the longer days. Now you can add yoga to the list, thanks to a mix of gardens, farmers markets, shopping centers, art museums and adventure outfitters that host classes outdoors between now and Labor Day weekend.
1: Where: Villa Terrace
Positioned on one of the best views of Milwaukee’s lakefront, Villa Terrace turns into a yoga studio every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. From here, you can see Lincoln Memorial Drive and the blue waters of Lake Michigan beyond. A $10 donation is suggested and the classes are taught by a different instructor each week.
➞ When: Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
2: Where: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
This Fox Point nature preserve hugging Lake Michigan offers 75-minute Hatha Yoga Classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., taught by Claire Stillman. If the weather is nice, Stillman coaxes participants to take their mats outdoors.
➞ When: Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
3: Where: “Yoga at the Parks” OmTownYogis
Operating as a pop-up yoga studio—with locations around town—and under the philosophy that everyone should have access to yoga, OmTownYogis invites others to do sun salutations in unison, and outdoors, during the summer. Per the schedule, “Yoga at the Parks” includes Hart Park in Wauwatosa just before “Tosa Tonight” live music (Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.), Atwater Park in Shorewood (Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.), Urban Ecology Center’s Washington Park campus (Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.) and Klode Park in Whitefish Bay (Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.). There’s a suggested $10 donation for each class. Members pay $100 for 10 weeks or $15 per class; non-members’ costs are $120 for 10 weeks or $20 per class.
➞ When: Hart Park: Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.; Atwater Park: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.; Urban Ecology Center’s Washington Park campus: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.; Klode Park in Whitefish Bay: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
4: Where: Bayshore Town Center’s plaza
Picture the perfect Saturday morning: yoga, iced lattes and shopping. That’s the idea behind this Glendale outdoor shopping-center’s yoga classes, held in the square and hosted by Neroli Salon Spa. Each 90-minute class starts at 8:30 a.m.; classes are free.
➞ When: Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
An extension of Healium Hot Yoga’s Bay View studio, a series of Vinyasa classes are held in Cupertino Park—just north of South Shore Park—from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturdays.
Afterward, hit up the farmer’s market in South Shore Park for some waffles or crepes, and a cup of coffee. Pay $90 for the whole summer or $15 per class.
➞ When: Saturdays at 8 a.m
6: Where: “SUP Yoga Summer Series”
Yoga not enough of a thrill for you? Vinyasa-flow yoga is combined with stand-up paddleboarding in this 10-week series at Veterans Park along Lincoln Memorial Drive in downtown Milwaukee, hosted by Milwaukee Power Yoga. Taught by Kate Dean, it’s offered Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Opt to pay $22 per class or $60 for a three-class pack.
➞ When: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
7: Where: Cathedral Square Market
In addition to scoring fresh, good-for-you produce at this farmer’s market Saturday mornings in Milwaukee’s East Town neighborhood, Wisconsin Athletic Club leads free yoga sessions. The class starts at 9 a.m. and participants need to bring their own mats. Chef demos and live music and dance follow.
➞ When: Saturdays at 9 a.m.