New York City, the city that never sleeps, filled with life every corner you turn. There is happiness and sadness. There are new people everywhere, and with every person we cross, there is a lesson to be learned.
Because of this, New York City is one of the best places to do yoga. With tons of parks (and yoga studios), NYC provides endless opportunities to roll out your mat and connect to nature and other people.
Here are some of my favorite places to just go and enjoy the simplicity of human kind and being alive while practicing asana.
1. Solstice in Times Square
Every summer solstice thousands of yogis gather in Times Square to seal in the new season together; people from all over the world coming together for a purpose. The event runs for 7:00 AM-7:30 PM with free classes for all, with a suggested donation.
Each year charities are supported and worldwide instructors come to offer their love and knowledge to everyone participating. With a new class happening by the hour and new people everywhere you turn, you will leave here with your heart full, connections made, and new friends that will remain in your memory forever.
2. Washington Square Park
Always filled with beauty, stories of struggles, and artists of all ages gathering together here, all with the same intent, passion, and hope. I never fail to fall in love with someone or something in Washington Square Park.
There is a plethora of art to be found here and the air is swarming with a magic that can’t be explained. Beyond that arch you enter into a realm that you never want to leave. So bring your mat, stay a while, and work in a few asanas.
3. Central Park
Central Park, where Holden goes to see where the ducks go! So much park to choose from, and you can end up on different sides of the city. Beautiful no matter what season it is. Art and love in every direction. From Strawberry Fields to Balto and all else that is in between.
There is a beauty to this place that can’t be explained. It has to be lived.
4. Golden Bridge Yoga
Possibly one of the most sacred spaces in all of NYC, I cannot help but immediately experience bliss when I enter this space. A Kundalini yoga center founded by the magnificent Gurmukh and her husband Gurushabd, this place is filled with such experience, power, and knowledge, that you are bound to leave with a great sense of lightness and ease.
Although classes are mainly Kundalini and meditation, they also offer weekly Hatha and Prenatal yoga classes.
5. Dharma Yoga Center
Devoted yogi and owner of Dharma Yoga Center, Sri Dharma Mittra has created the ultimate space. Located on West 23rd Street, this space is filled with devoted practitioners of all levels.
Dharma Yoga Center offers weekly classes with roots from Hatha, Raja, Karma, Kriya, Bhakti, Japa, Laya, and Jnana. With instructors filled with knowledge and passion, the Dharma Yoga Center has a wonderful community that will welcome you and make you feel comfortable the moment you walk in.
This city has an endless opportunity to experience life. There are millions of people to meet, hundreds of yoga studios, thousands of places to experience, and an endless amount of love.
I hope you hop on a subway and take it, just take it, get off at a random stop and take it all in, find a random yoga studio. Come if you’re feeling happy, sad, anxious, you name it! Sit on a bench; take a walk through a park or the streets, take a yoga class, smile at a stranger, for you never know what will come about if you just allow it.
Where do you think are the most beautiful places to do yoga in NYC? Share with us below!