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Inspiring Opportunities For Outdoor Yoga In San Francisco

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Updated: 4 January 2017
San Francisco is renowned for its California yoga vibes, and its wealth of studios cater to advanced practitioners and beginner yogis alike. Locals especially prize the city’s even-tempered climate, which allows them to take their yoga practice outside. Check out our top picks for organized outdoor yoga in the city.

Outdoor Yoga SF

Outdoor Yoga SF consists of a team of women dedicated to creating inspiring yoga experiences for locals. They teach a series of vinyasa classes at a variety of outdoor locations, such as Fort Mason Park, Crissy Field, Alta Plaza Park, and Sharon Meadows in Golden Gate Park. They also occasionally host a popular silent disco and yoga event at Baker Beach, as well as a series of retreats, sometimes sticking close to the Bay Area and sometimes traveling to faraway destinations.

Hiking Yoga

At a Hiking Yoga class, you will take a briskly paced hike to a picturesque spot, before dropping your mat to practice in the beautiful outdoors. The all-levels classes, led by certified instructors, are about 90 minutes, and are designed to help attendees connect with their own health, friends, nature, and community. Hiking Yoga leaders pride themselves on their unique ability to provide a more social yoga experience, since the hikes give participants a chance to chat and connect with one another at the start of each class.

Off the Grid Yoga

Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Off the Grid Yoga takes place at the Main Post Lawn in San Francisco’s Presidio district, across from the Walt Disney Family Museum. These donation-based classes in power vinyasa flow last 60 minutes and are led by instructors from Pad Studios. Attendees are asked to register online with MindBody, ClassPass, or Zenrez, and to bring their own mats. As a bonus, participants can pop over to the Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio for a bite to eat after class.

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Tony Eason Iyengar Yoga

Tony Eason has famously offered free outdoor classes in San Francisco for many years. Eason is an acclaimed master of Iyengar Yoga, a type of yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1970s. Eason has received awards including the Best of Bay Yoga Instructor award, and in 2008, he founded the now-popular series of free yoga classes offered weekly at all Sports Basement locations. Check out his yoga calendar for a chance to take part in one of his upcoming classes.

Kundalini in Dolores Park

Expand your ideas about yoga with a donation-based Kundalini Yoga class in Dolores Park. Yoga Journal describes Kundalini as a practice that “incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras… to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.” Take this opportunity to explore something new, taking classes led by a variety of yoga cooperative instructors. Classes take place on the first Sunday of every month. Bring a mat and some water, and look for the large gongs set up in the park.

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