Free Yoga Boston: Summer 2020

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This summer is like no other. So this 8th Annual listing of free yoga classes is unique for sure. Updates may occur more often than usual, because none of us really has any idea how different things will be a month from now. The pandemic continues and the virus makes the rules.

Right now, classes are a mix of virtual and outdoor classes. In person classes have size limits, social distancing, and may require face masks. Whether virtual or outdoors, both types of yoga classes usually require registration in advance.

Click the links to confirm dates, requirements and check for weather cancellations. Most instructors accept donations, so please donate if you can.

Make sure to check the Free Yoga Boston Facebook Group in addition to the Free Yoga Boston Facebook page. The group is private, but you can request to join. Members share information and there are additional classes and events listed.

Many of the free classes that I find are on Eventbrite and Eventful, so give them a look. There are classes on Meetup that I generally do not include in my listings, but NamaStay Sober has many free online classes that are open to everyone. Also check out Third Space Chi Yoga, Home Yoga for Beginners and donation based classes in Dedham, Yoga for the Spine.

If you know other classes that are missing, let me know!

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MONDAY

#YogaLemonade (Ongoing) Virtual
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Seaport Sweat – Flow (July 13 – September 28) Virtual
6:30pm – 7:30pm

TUESDAY

Yoga In The Park (July 7 – August 27)
(Cushman Park, Green Street, Fairhaven, MA)
8:30am – 9:30am

Yoga and Mindfulness (July 7 – July 28)  Mixed Virtual & Outdoors
(Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA )
2pm – 3pm

Weekly Meditation (July 14 – August 25) Virtual
7pm – 8pm

WEDNESDAY

Mindful Minis – For children ages 6-12 (July 22, July 29, August 5) Virtual
2pm – 3pm

Complimentary Yoga (Ongoing) – Virtual & Possibly Live
(The Yoga Room at SP, 12 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA)
6pm – 7pm

Seaport Sweat – Vinyasa Yoga (July 15 – September 30) Virtual
6:30pm – 7:30pm

THURSDAY

Boston Parks Fitness Chair Yoga (July 16 – October 1) Virtual
11am – 12pm

Lunchtime Flow (July 16 – July 30)
(The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Park, Boston, MA)
1pm – 2pm

FRIDAY

Seaport Sweat – Align n’ Flow (July 10 – October 2) Virtual
12pm – 1pm

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga (July 10 – August 28) Virtual
4pm – 5pm

SATURDAY

Yoga In The Park (July 11 – August 29)
(Schoolmaster Hill (Franklin Park), 1 Circuit Drive, Boston, MA)
9am – 10:15pm

SUNDAY

Yoga At Jamaica Pond (July 19 – September 6)
(Pinebank Promontory, Perkins Street and Jamaicaway, Boston, MA)
11am – 12pm

Boston Parks Fitness Restorative Yoga (July 12 – September 27)
(Marcella Playground, 260 Highland Street, Roxbury, MA)
1pm – 2pm

Afro Flow Yoga (July 12 – August 30) Virtual
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Boston Parks Fitness Live Yoga (July 12 – September 27) Virtual
6pm – 7pm

Starting a Home Yoga Practice

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Most of us in the United States are home now in some sort of self-quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19. If we go out, we are practicing social distancing. All of this in order to flatten the curve and not overwhelm the health system.

Right now, things are quite dire in New York and cases of coronavirus illness and related deaths are growing all over the country. It’s one of the scariest times that many of us have ever experienced.

Most brick and mortar businesses are currently closed. Yoga studios have gone virtual in order to continue teaching students. Following along with online yoga classes is a great way to continue your yoga practice. During this uncertain moment in time, we especially need to find ways to practice self-care.

Yoga has been shown to help fight stress, so if you’ve never practiced before, this is a great time to try. If you normally attend yoga classes, continuing your practice at home may be helpful. If you haven’t been active at all recently, before starting a new exercise regimen, take due care and you may want to consult a doctor.

So once you decide to start a home yoga practice, how do you actually do it? I emailed and spoke with six Boston area yoga instructors to give us some tips. Hopefully you can takeaway a few of these suggestions and put them to good use!

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Ali Singer, Founder: Yoga Hub  (Boston, MA)

Make sure you’re doing something that you want to do. That it’s not a chore.

Pick a time of day that you can commit to so you won’t skip it.

Do the exact same postures or sequences every time. It gives you a framework for measurement. Otherwise you have no means of measuring yourself on a day to day basis. This way you can see how you change. Ashtanga yoga is the same series of poses over and over. Some people stay on this same series their whole life.

You can use a mirror to see that you’re stacking your joints correctly, but it can become a distraction if you’re looking for validation. It’s better to use video, so you can see if you are where you think you are in space.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Connect with yoga teachers that you may follow online. If you notice something on their social media feed and have a question, reach out and comment.

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For more yoga pointers from Ali, check out her free online course, which will be happening soon and will be updated here.

Ginette Mayas Samwel (Framingham, MA)

Clear space, clear mind. You need to project clarity in your thoughts, actions and space. It doesn’t have to be a big space at all, just clear.

Margie Kirstein, Founder: Yoga For The Spine (Dedham, MA)

I think people still need personal attention when starting a home yoga practice. One recommendation is to reach out to the studio where they were practicing to find out what style of yoga they were doing, if they want to keep doing that style. They could ask for suggestions if they want to try something different.

Also consider asking a yoga teacher to make up a sequence for them, taking into account their preferences. I sent my students a Yoga for the Spine home sequence that would be familiar and not too challenging. I also included links to yoga pose dictionaries.

Yogic Way of Life Yoga Asanas

Pocket Yoga Poses

Yoga Journal Pose Finder

Finally, if they can have a yoga buddy, that’s so helpful.

Malaika Bonafide of Ms. Bonafide Creations & Yoga with Malaika (Cambridge, MA)

Some of the tools I find helpful in my home practice are yoga blocks, which offer support. Think of the blocks as an extension of your reach. They can be used in downward facing dog under your hands or feet to bring the ground closer to you.

I also use a yoga strap, but an old tie will do the trick as well. You can use the tie in a seated forward fold as an extension of your hands as you reach for your feet/foot. Lasso the strap around your feet/foot pulling you closer.

Two face cloths or hand towels are helpful for padding under your knees if you tend to have knee pain or discomfort in your knees.

Be sure to listen to your body and know that everyday is different. And most importantly that yoga is a practice and most helpful if you practice as often as possible.

If you’re able to dedicate a space in your home to your practice, that’s awesome. If not, make sure that whatever space you do end up using for that moment is clean and free of clutter and work related items.

Turn off or silence distractions. Really dedicate this time to your self and your practice.

Meghan “Meg” Gaucher, Founder: Sweet Squeeze Events (Boston, MA)

There IS a home practice for everyone. Routine is important. The time you get on your mat matters. It will set you up for a good behavior to find your mat.

The space you set up is important. Find a quiet place where you can roll out your mat. Nothing fancy — just quiet and big enough to move up, down and around on your mat.

Susan Lovett, Founder: Hands To Heart Center (Boston, MA)

Don’t feel as if you have to do a daily 75-minute yoga class.

Maybe you’ll find 30 minutes or 20 or even 10 to move your body and breathe intentionally. Even a few minutes a day makes a difference, especially if you’re currently doing a lot of sitting or lying down. Sometimes, you’ll find that, once you start, you have more energy than you initially thought and you’ll want to keep going. Or not, Just do what you can.

Forget about setting up a perfect home yoga studio.

If you can clear a place on the floor and stand on something that’s not slippery, you’re good to go. It’s also a possibility to do some chair yoga. So, instead of stressing about having an immaculate, lovely setting,  just get started. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not bumping into any furniture – or anyone else’s body – but if you have some room to move, you’ll be fine.

Find an online teacher who’s a good fit for you.

There’s so much free, online yoga right now that you’ll have a lot of choices. If you start with one teacher and don’t feel inspired, you can choose someone else. You might not find your perfect match, but you’re likely to find someone whose voice and teaching style are appealing to you. I like Yoga with Adrienne and she has free online classes!

You can be your own teacher.

You might start seated with some breathing and grounding. Then, you could choose any ways to move your body that are useful and/or interesting to you. Don’t worry if you’re not doing “classical yoga poses” or seamless sequences. The essence of yoga is breath, movement and stillness, focused attention and deep rest. Be curious about what sensations you may feel in your body. Know that it doesn’t matter what your yoga looks like and focus, instead, on what you’re able to notice.

Don’t judge yourself.

In a home practice, you may feel less self-conscious than you might in a studio. Take advantage of making any sounds that would feel right to you. Give yourself permission to be goofy awkward, messy. Wear your most comfortable pajamas, if that’s your mood. It’s YOUR yoga, do what works for you.

Free Yoga Boston: Summer 2019

Outdoor free yoga classes are all over Boston this summer.Here is the 7th Annual listing of free yoga classes for the summer! There are close to more than 40 classes, so there should be something for just about everyone.

Take a look at the Introduction to the 2017 list, for general information and suggestions for taking free yoga classes.

Click the links for details to confirm dates, to see if you need to register, for weather cancellations, etc.

Many branches of the Boston Public Library have free yoga classes on different days. Take a look at the website for details. Many classes, especially without dates, are ongoing.

As always, this list is a work in progress that will have changes and updates. Because I’m trying to get this post up sooner rather than later, it might change a bit more than usual.

Please let me know if you have any questions, corrections and/or tips! Enjoy!

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MONDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28 (No class September 2)
(Yoga, Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners, Dorchester)
6:30pm

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(BPL Charlestown Branch, 179 Main Street)
1:30pm – 2:30pm

FREE/By-Donation Yoga in the Park: July 8 – August 26
(Boarding House Park, 40 French Street, Lowell)
6pm – 7pm

Seaport Sweat: May 28 – September 28
(Vinyasa Yoga, Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston)
6:30pm – 7:30pm

TUESDAY

P.O. Fitness: June 25 – August 31
(Chill Flow Yoga, Post Office Square, Downtown Boston)
7:30am – 8:30am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Chair Yoga, Symphony Park, Fenway)
10am

Seaport Sweat: May 28 – September 28
(Vinyasa Yoga, Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston)
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Yoga with Laura: July 2 – September 10
(The Anchor of Hull, 7 Hadassah Way, Hull)
6pm – 7pm

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(Union Capital Boston, aka UCB Building, 1544 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury)
6pm – 7pm

Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
(Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
6pm – 7:15pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, Medal of Honor Park, M Street, South Boston)
6pm

Patagonia Yoga Tuesdays: (Free class through October 31, 2019)
(346 Newbury Street, Boston)
7:30pm – 8:30pm

WEDNESDAY

P.O. Fitness: June 25 – August 31
(Yoga For Athletes, Post Office Square, Downtown Boston)
7:30am – 8:30am

Donation Based Outdoor Summer Yoga: July 10 – August 7
(Slocum’s River Reserve, 283 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth)
8:30am – 9:30am

Summer Yoga: (July 24, August 7, August 21)
(Fuller Room, 7 Temple Street, YWCA Cambridge)
12pm

Greenway Fitness: July 10th – August 28
(Lunchtime Vinyasa, Oliver + Atlantic Streets, Downtown Boston)
12:15pm – 1:15pm

P.O. Fitness: June 25 – August 31
(Stretch & Strengthen Yoga , Post Office Square, Downtown Boston)
5:30pm – 6:30pm

YogaHub Yoga & Meditation
(1 Avenue de Lafayette, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Boston)
5:45pm – 6:45pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, Brighton Common, Brighton)
6pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, Adams Park, Roslindale)
6:30pm

HarborFit: Old Ironsides Yoga: July 3 – August 28
(Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, Boston)
6:30pm – 7:45pm

THURSDAY

Greenway Fitness: May 26 – September 23 (No class July 4th)
(Yoga-Lates, Hanover + Cross Streets, North End Park, Boston)
10:30am – 11:30am

 Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
(Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
4:30pm – 6pm

P.O. Fitness: June 25 – August 31 (No class July 4)
(Vinyasa Yoga , Post Office Square, Downtown Boston)
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28 (No class July 4)
(Summer Yoga, Boston Common near Frog Pond Carousel)
6pm

Sunset Yoga: July 18 – September 5
(Fiedler Field – Charles River Esplanade, Boston)
6pm

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(BPL Mattapan Branch, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue)
6:30pm – 7:30pm

 FRIDAY

P.O. Fitness: June 25 – August 31 (No class July 5)
(Restorative Yoga , Post Office Square, Downtown Boston)
7:30am – 8:30am

SeaportSweat: May 28 – September 28
(Hip-Hop Yoga, Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston)
12pm – 1pm

SATURDAY

Borealis Community Yoga: Starting July 13
(Wright’s Pond, Medford)
8am – 9am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, School Master Hill, Franklin Park, Dorchester)
9am – 10:15am

Yoga in The Park: May 4 – September 28
(Assembly Row, Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, Somerville)
9am – 10am

Free Yoga Medford: June 1 – August 24 (No class July 6)
(Condon Shell Park, Medford)
9:30am – 10:30am

HarborFit: Island Yoga on Spectacle Island: July 6 – August 31
(Take 9am ferry from Long Wharf to Spectacle Island, Boston)
9:45am – 11am

Saturday Seasonal Yoga
(The Liberty Hotel, Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston)
10am

HarborFit: Castle Island Yoga: July 6 – August 31
(Near the information sign at Fort Independence, Castle Island, Boston)
10:15am -11:15am

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(Level Ground, 527 Columbia Road, Uphams Corner, Dorchester)
11am – 12pm

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People: July 13 and every other Saturday after.
(Family Yoga, BPL Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester)
1pm – 2pm

SUNDAY

Free Outdoor Yoga: July 14 – August 25
(Winthrop Square/Minot Rose Garden, Brookline)
8am – 9am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, Winthrop Square, Charlestown)
9am

Free Yoga Arlington: June 2 – August 25
(June: Magnolia Park, July: McClennan Park, August: Spy Pond Park in Arlington)
9:30am – 10:30am

Yoga with lululemon: June 2 – September 29
(The Street, Chestnut Hill, 33 Boylston Street, Newton)
9:30am – 10:30am

Yoga at the Pru
(lululemon, 776 Boylston Street, Space 6B, Boston)
10am – 10:50am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: June  3 – September 28
(Yoga, Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain)
2pm

Yoga For Runners Community Class
(Marathon Sports, Norwell)
6:15pm – 7:15pm

Free Yoga Boston (October 2018 – May 2019)

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There aren’t as many free yoga classes in the Boston area during the fall, winter and spring. But there are still quite a few!

Since this list covers so many months, it will be updated as I have more information. The current list has classes that are year round and for the winter. Please let me know if you have any corrections and/or tips!

Click the links for details about current dates, etc. The Marathon Sports Sunday classes seem to not happen each week. The lululemon Sunday classes may not be yoga every week.

Many branches of the Boston Public Library have free yoga classes on different days. Take a look at the website for details. The Hands to Heart Center classes listed below are ongoing.

Enjoy!

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MONDAY

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(BPL Charlestown Branch, 179 Main Street)
1:30pm – 2:30pm

TUESDAY

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(Union Capital Boston, aka UCB Building, 1544 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury)
6pm – 7pm

Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
(Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
6pm – 7:15pm

WEDNESDAY

Good Vibes Yoga
(Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Boston)
5:45pm – 6:45pm

THURSDAY

 Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
(Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
4:30pm – 6pm

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(BPL Mattapan Branch, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue)
6:30pm – 7:30pm

FRIDAY

None that I know of at the moment.

SATURDAY

Saturday Seasonal Yoga
(The Liberty Hotel, Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston)
10am

Hands to Heart Center/Yoga For The People
(Level Ground, 527 Columbia Road, Uphams Corner, Dorchester)
11am – 12pm

SUNDAY

Yoga at the Pru
lululemon (776 Boylston Street, Space 6B, Boston)
10am – 10:50am

Yoga For Runners Community Class
(Marathon Sports, Norwell)
6:15pm – 7:15pm

Summer 2018: Free Yoga Boston

*9/21/2018*
The list has been updated to remove some classes that have ended. Many classes continue through the end of September and beyond. Click on the links and then look up future dates.

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Hopefully better late than never! Here is the 6th Annual listing of free yoga classes for the summer.

Take a look at the Introduction to the 2017 list, for general information and suggestions for taking free yoga classes.

This list is streamlined, so click on the links for more detailed information about dates, etc. Some classes will be ending soon and dates can vary. Enjoy!

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MONDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners, Dorchester)
6:30pm

TUESDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Chair Yoga
(Symphony Park, Fenway)
10am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Medal of Honor Park, M Street, South Boston)
6pm

Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building (830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
6pm – 7:15pm

Patagonia Yoga Tuesdays
(346 Newbury Street, Boston)
7:30pm – 8:30pm

WEDNESDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Chair Yoga
(Elliot Norton Park, Chinatown)
10am

Complimentary Yoga at Hyatt Regency Boston by YogaHub
(Downtown Boston, 1 Avenue de Lafayette)
5:45pm – 6:45pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Brighton Common, Brighton)
6pm

Seaport Sweat
Yoga with Jenna (Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston)
6:30pm – 7:30pm

THURSDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Gentle Yoga
(Christopher Columbus Park, North End)
10am

Yoga Classes at Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building (830 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
4:30pm – 6pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Boston Common, Beacon Hill)
6pm

Free Summer Yoga
Boston Common Frog Pond (Downtown Boston)
6pm – 7:15pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Marcella Playground, Roxbury)
6pm

FRIDAY

Seaport Sweat
Yoga with Jenna (Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston)
12pm – 1pm

SATURDAY

Complimentary Yoga at Hyatt Regency Boston by YogaHub
(Downtown Boston, 1 Avenue de Lafayette)
8:30am – 9:30am

Yoga with Linda Wellness Warrior
Franklin Park Coalition (School Master Hill, Franklin Park)
9am – 10:15am

Island Om: Yoga on Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands (Spectacle Island, Boston)
9:45am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Healy Playground, Roslindale)
10am

Saturday Seasonal Yoga
The Liberty Hotel (Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston)
10am

Castle Island Yoga (Castle Island, Boston)
10:15am – 11:30am

SUNDAY

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Kids Yoga
(Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain)
11am

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Winthrop Square, Charlestown)
12:30pm

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series ~ Yoga
(Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain)
2pm