Free Yoga Boston: The New Year

new year yogaHope you’re enjoying the new year so far! Over the last few years, it’s been very exciting watching the expansion of free yoga classes in Boston. As I read about trends taking place all over the United States and the world actually, I share them on the Free Yoga Boston Facebook page. Seeing these trends in other locations, what I’ve found is that it’s only a matter of time before that trend pops up in some form in the Boston area. Sometimes the trend starts here and expands elsewhere.

Offering free yoga classes in different types of spaces is going full steam ahead everywhere. When I first read about classes taking place in libraries and museums, I was wondering when that would happen in Boston. Well, the time is now!

This week starting Tuesday, January 12th, the Boston Public Library’s central location in Copley Square will be offering free yoga classes taught by Rebecca Pacheco! I’ve added the class to the current “Big List” of free yoga classes in Boston, so you can see the time of the class in context with the other classes and plan your schedule accordingly.

Unfortunately, I can’t make it this week, but hope to attend before they end on February 16th. Maybe they will extend the time or pop back up in the summer. These winter classes will take place in the Abbey Room of the McKim Building. It would be really nice to have summer classes in the courtyard. Who knows?

Besides free yoga classes in Boston’s iconic library, the Museum of Fine Arts is going with the free yoga trend in the new year as well. On February 13th, Namaste Saturday with Daniel Max will take place in Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard. The class is free to museum members, but $25.00 for others. From what I know at this point, this class is a one-off event. The event is already sold out, so hopefully the museum will offer more classes in the near future. Based on the trends, I can definitely see this as a possibility. One more reason to become a member!

Another trend that I’ve read about is yoga classes springing up in airports. Airports in Chicago, San Franciso, Dallas/Fort Worth and our New England neighbors in Burlington, Vermont are offering yoga classes to passengers in need of some Zen time.

Wouldn’t it be great if Logan Airport welcomed this trend as well and added some yoga classes? Maybe 2016 will be the year. If so, then you’ll see it here!

Autumn/Winter 2015: Free Yoga Classes in Boston

duo yoga poseSummer is indeed over. But not the free yoga classes! There are many free yoga classes to choose from now that we are into fall and headed toward winter. This is the first year that I have noticed so many. Enough for me to compile a new list. I’ll be trying some of these classes too! There are Meetups in the area to check out.

Hands To Heart Center Yoga – Yoga for the People provides free yoga classes for people living with poverty and trauma in Boston. Check out their website and Twitter for class schedule.

Plus, free pop-up classes seem to be the rage! As this trend continues, I’ll add those classes as I find them to the Facebook page. New posts and listings go up there several times a day, so make sure you keep up!

Like the summer list, and Facebook page, this list will be a work in progress and there will be updates, so keep checking back. Namaste!

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MONDAY

Troops for Fitness Yoga
Ronan Park (Dorchester)
6:15pm

As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is offering free yoga classes with U.S. Army Veteran Roxanne Hope Randall. Classes started at the beginning of October and go through November 30th.

TUESDAY

BPL Yoga: Intelligence for Body, Mind, & Soul
Boston Public Library (Central Library, Copley Square)
12pm – 1pm

Acclaimed yoga teacher, author, and entrepreneur Rebecca Pacheco will lead these yoga classes for an all-levels class to unplug and recharge body, mind, and spirit. You will be surrounded by books, history, and the library’s peaceful hush in the historic Abbey Room of the McKim Building. Classes start on January 12 and are held weekly until February 16. What a great way to start the new year!

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

These yoga classes are not just during the summer and are open to community members in addition to BMC patients and staff. They are held indoors and part of the Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities. Take the elevator or stairs down to the basement. The classes are free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00. Currently there is a flyer online [click here], but it is old. If the online flyer is updated, I will link to it here.

Complete Candlelight Flow
8pm – 9pm
Pop Allston (89 Brighton Ave, Boston)

Yoga Hub, founded by Ali Singer, is offering this class designed for yogis to advance their practice through building a comprehensive understanding of yoga techniques and philosophy. Upon arrival, each student receives a candle as a symbolic token of union with the Self and with others. No experience is necessary. Free mat rental is available. While the class is free, there is a suggested $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY

NTC Yoga
Nike Boston (200 Newbury Street, Boston)
7:04am – 8:04am

Nike+ Training Club offers this athletic vinyasa-style class taught by yoga and Pilates instructor Jacqui Mimno to target often overlooked elements of training. You’ll improve joint mobility, while simultaneously working on upper body and core strength. You need to register each week for the class on their online calendar, which updates on Sunday at 3pm. These classes are held indoors year round, so you can enjoy them even when summer ends!

Troops for Fitness Yoga
Ronan Park (Dorchester)
6:15pm

As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is offering  free yoga classes with U.S. Army Veteran Roxanne Hope Randall. Classes started at the beginning of October and go through November 30th.

THURSDAY

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

These yoga classes are not just during the summer and are open to community members in addition to BMC patients and staff. They are held indoors and part of the Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities. Take the elevator or stairs down to the basement. The classes are free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00. Currently there is a flyer online [click here], but it is old. The Thursday class starts at 4:30pm. If the online flyer is updated, I will link to it here.

FRIDAY

Troops for Fitness Yoga
Ronan Park (Dorchester)
6:15pm

As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is offering  free yoga classes with U.S. Army Veteran Roxanne Hope Randall. Classes started at the beginning of October and go through November 30th.

SATURDAY

Winter Workout
The Liberty Hotel (Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston)
10am

Back in 2009, The Liberty was one of the first hotels in Boston, or anyplace in the area for that matter, to start offering free yoga classes in the summer. They set the trend and still offer free classes in collaboration with Equinox. Guests of the hotel and members of the community are welcome to take the class for free. Classes are year round. In the summer, classes are outside in the courtyard. In the cooler months, they are indoors. Check with the concierge to find the exact class location, since it appears to change.

  SUNDAY

Reggae Flow
9:30am – 10:30am
Pop Allston (89 Brighton Ave, Boston)

Yoga Hub, founded by Ali Singer, is offering this reggae-inspired yoga class. No experience is necessary for this class, where postures build through a progressive sequence, designed to cultivate total harmony in body and mind. Free mat rental is available. While the class is free, there is a suggested $5 donation.

Yoga & Beer; the Key to Happiness
Night Shift Brewing (87 Santilli Highway, Everett)
11am – 12pm

These yoga classes take place at the brewery every so often and there is one coming up on October 18th. Take a look at their event calendar for confirmation before you go.  Kat O’Leary from CorePower Yoga teaches the vinyasa classes.

Yoga For Runners
Boston Marathon adidas Runbase (855 Boylston Street, Boston)
6:30pm

These free vinyasa yoga classes are taught by Liz Vail. A customized yoga flow will bring balance to overworked muscles used when running and will also provide strength to the areas of the body that are needed in order to run more efficiently. All levels of yoga experience are welcome, but it looks like you need to register each week.

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Image Credit: “Yoga Pose” courtesy of lobster20 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Free Yoga Boston: Three Classes Coming Up

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free yoga classes BostonI hope you’ve been enjoying all the free yoga classes this summer. I certainly have, but did not go to all that I hoped. Luckily there is still some time!

One thing that’s nice about these classes is that not all of them end with the summer. Some are indoors and will continue.

If things continue with the trends that I’m seeing, I would not be surprised to see a lot more free yoga classes popping up even through the colder months, but with different themes.

On the Free Yoga Boston Facebook page, I update it several times a day with with news about yoga, wellness and good living. Please “Like” it and make sure you keep up with the news! I’ll let you know about free yoga classes that may pop up here and there.

You can also sign up for the mailing list to get more information about free classes, special events and offers.

There are three free yoga classes coming up that I thought deserved their own separate post. As with most free yoga classes, bring your own mat, towel and water.

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Vinyasa & Vino (lululemon athletica, 337 Newbury Street, Boston)
Thursday, August 27, 2015
6pm – 8pm

Hallie Dumont of OMBE, has been teaching free yoga classes as part of the P.O. Fitness series this summer. She says that recently she was brainstorming about free yoga classes with the community leader at Lululemon and they came up with Vinyasa & Vino! The first people to be let in will be those with Eventbrite tickets. Others are welcome to show up and will be allowed in based on space available. They will try and accommodate everyone. If you can’t make it tomorrow, it’s possible there could be similar ones in the future. Especially since I’ve been noticing a boozy yoga trend.

Yoga on Boston Common (Near the Frog Pond )
Sunday, August 30, 2015
7pm – 8pm

A donation based yoga class will be given by Ali Singer, who taught several free classes this summer, and The Yoga Hub, along with Amanda Light and Georgina Castellucci. This class will be for all skill levels. All donations will be for the Boston Bloggers Jimmy Fund Walk team, raising funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Everyone who makes a donation (via the Eventbrite or in person) will receive an entry for an (out)door prize of over $125 worth of yoga goods from YogaOutlet.com.

Yoga on the Square (Copley Square lawn, near Trinity Church)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:15am – 10am

OMBE is putting on this free outdoor class that is open to all regardless of age or practice level. Students will be led through a series of dynamic postures designed to open the body and calm the mind. The class is sponsored by OMBE partners: Lululemon, Supplet, Hint Water and Boloco. Check the Facebook page for updates in the event of bad weather.

Summer 2015: Free Yoga Classes in Boston

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Are you ready for some free yoga? The 4th Annual Free Yoga Boston listing is here!

This is the fourth year that I’ve compiled a listing of free yoga classes in the Boston area. It took far longer to put together than I expected. But it was great to find so many free yoga classes. The list has grown! While not included as part of the list here, look at Free Yoga Classes Meetups as well.

You can find free yoga classes all over different parts of Boston and beyond. When I first started this listing back in 2012, I wanted the list for myself and decided to share it. So many people used it and gave me great feedback, so I continue sharing.

It’s shocking to me that I still have not attended any of the classes. This year, I hope to change that, because now there are classes available everyday at so many different times and places.

Sometimes mats and props might be available to you, but don’t count on it. If they are available, there may not be enough for everyone. So bringing your own mat, water, towel, etc., is the general rule.

Double check if the weather is bad. Usually the Facebook page and/or website will give an update if the class will be cancelled. Sometimes classes are brought indoors instead.

Most classes start in June and go through the end of summer. By the end of September, most outdoor classes have ended. Based on the sources I found, classes will take place on most days, but some days appear to have gaps in the schedule, so you may want to double check first before you go. Also, most classes last for an hour, but when I wasn’t sure, I did not put an ending time.

There is a whole community of people taking these free yoga classes in Boston, so I’d like to hear more about your experiences and have us all share them. Had a good time? Pointers for newbies? Students and instructors alike, please share your experiences.

“Like” us on Facebook at Free Yoga Boston. Follow us on Instagram @FreeYogaBoston and share your pictures by tagging them #freeyogaboston.

This list is a work in progress as things need to be updated and corrections made. Please click on the links within each listing to bring you to more details about the class.

Hopefully the schedule will help you to find some great free yoga classes and let you explore different parts of the Boston area. Namaste!

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MONDAY

P.O. Fitness Classes ~ Yoga Flow
Norman B. Leventhal Park (Financial District, Boston)
5:30pm – 6:30pm

An all levels class will strengthen the body, unwind the mind and uplift the spirit. Breathe, move, stretch and relax in the sunshine. Start your week off with self-care to feel balanced and refreshed for whatever comes next. Check the Facebook page for updates and cancellations.

 TUESDAY

Yoga on the Harbor
Hyatt Boston Harbor (Near Logan Airport, Boston)
6:30am – 7:30am

Get great harbor views of Boston during the class. Hotel guests and the local community are welcome.

Sunrise Yoga
Silber Way Fitness Park (Charles River Esplanade, Boston)
6:30am – 7:30am

Ali Singer created this class to interrupt mindless patterns in life and to celebrate every day.  She believes that yoga provides a channel for connecting with your true nature and this simple connection brings meaning and value to everything else. Join her for a free and open practice to feed your soul. Check the Facebook page for updates and location details.

Yoga @ The Fens 
Boston Conservatory Building (132 Ipswich Street, Boston)
11am

Joel Chavarria is a new to Boston musician and yoga instructor. The current schedule is good through the end of July, but may change. Check out his Instagram posts and/or email him at jchav019@fiu.edu for more information. Classes are free, but donations are appreciated.

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

These yoga classes are not just during the summer and are open to community members in addition to BMC patients and staff. They are held indoors and part of the Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities. Take the elevator or stairs down to the basement. The classes are free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00. Currently there is a flyer online [click here], but it is old. If the online flyer is updated, I will link to it here.

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series
Jamaica Pond (Pinebank Promontory, Jamaicaway, Boston)
6pm – 7pm

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission have several free yoga classes around the city through the end of August.

Relax and Renew Yoga for Beginners
The Harvard Ed Portal (224 Western Avenue, in Allston)
6pm – 7pm

Celebrate health, wellness and the summer weather with this series of summer yoga classes, which lasts through August. Whether you’re trying yoga for the first time or have been practicing for years, the classes will let you experience mindfulness and relaxation. Classes are open to the public, but you are encouraged to register in advance.

   WEDNESDAY

NTC Yoga
Nike Boston (200 Newbury Street, Boston)
7:04am – 8:04am

Nike+ Training Club offers this athletic vinyasa-style class taught by yoga and Pilates instructor Jacqui Mimno to target often overlooked elements of training. You’ll improve joint mobility, while simultaneously working on upper body and core strength. You need to register each week for the class on their online calendar, which updates on Sunday at 3pm. These classes are held indoors year round, so you can enjoy them even when summer ends!

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series
Harambee Park (43 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester)
10am – 11:15am

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission have several free yoga classes around the city through the end of August.

Yoga Wednesdays
City Hall Plaza (Behind the Bill Russell Statue overlooking Faneuil Hall, Boston)
5:45pm – 6:45pm

Exhale Boston will be teaching these classes every Wednesday for the month of September. The classes are co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza, Essentia Water, the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh. Look at the Eventbrite listing to learn more. Donations of $5.00 to Whole Kids Foundation would be appreciated and will help end childhood obesity in local schools.

Sunset Yoga
The Esplanade (Fiedler Field – Arthur Fiedler Memorial Head, Boston)
6pm

Classes begin on July 15th and allow you to challenge your mind and body while enjoying beautiful river views. Unlike previous years, pre-registration is now required. You must print out the confirmation email and bring it with you as proof that you have read and accepted the photo and liability waiver. Please also bring your own mat. Classes are sponsored by Athleta. Enjoy refreshments provided by Polar Beverages and CLIF. Classes are free, but donations are welcome!

 THURSDAY

Sunrise Yoga with Maura
Community Boating Docks (21 David G. Mugar Way, Boston)
6:30am – 7:30am

Class location is between MGH T stop and the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and is offered in partnership with Athleta on Newbury Street. Please bring your own mat!

P.O. Fitness Classes ~ Morning Stretch and Renew Yoga
Norman B. Leventhal Park (Financial District, Boston)
7:15am – 8:15am

An early morning yoga class taught by Hallie Dumont will encompass stretching and a slow concentrated vinyasa flow. Challenging the body and mind to renew students and prepare for the day ahead. Check the Facebook page for updates and cancellations.

Senior Yoga 
Symphony Park (30 Edgerly Road, The Fenway)
10am – 11am

Part of the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission have several free yoga classes around the city through the end of August.

Yoga @ The Fens 
Boston Conservatory Building (132 Ipswich Street, Boston)
11am

Joel Chavarria is a new to Boston musician and yoga instructor. The current schedule is good through the end of July, but may change. Check out his Instagram posts and/or email him at jchav019@fiu.edu for more information. Classes are free, but donations are appreciated.

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

These yoga classes are not just during the summer and are open to community members in addition to BMC patients and staff. They are held indoors and part of the Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities. Take the elevator or stairs down to the basement. The classes are free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00. Currently there is a flyer online [click here], but it is old. The Thursday class starts at 4:30pm. If the online flyer is updated, I will link to it here.

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

Power vinyasa flow classes will take place through August 27th and is for students of all levels. Tap into the beauty of trees, grass, and water found at Boston’s most historic green space, The Boston Common. Class is held on the lawn next to the Frog Pond Carousel. A limited amount of mats and blocks are available to borrow. Weather related cancellations will be posted on the Frog Pond Facebook page by 4:30pm on the day of class.

Beyond Beginner Yoga
The Harvard Ed Portal (224 Western Avenue, in Allston)
6pm – 7pm

Celebrate health, wellness and the summer weather with this series of summer yoga classes, which lasts through August. Whether you’re trying yoga for the first time or have been practicing for years, the classes will let you experience mindfulness and relaxation. Classes are open to the public, but you are encouraged to register in advance.

 FRIDAY

Yoga at the Welcome Center
Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center (Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Boston)
12pm – 1pm

From July 3rd through August 28th, enjoy an all-levels yoga class with South Boston Yoga. Change up your lunch hour with a 45-minute yoga class. Bring your own mat and practice right on the grassy lawn. Space is limited, so get there early!

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series
Clifford Park (162 Norfolk Avenue, Roxbury)
1pm – 2pm

Starting in July, but the schedule seems to have a few gaps, so check before you go. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission have several free yoga classes around the city through the end of August.

Yoga in the Garden
City Natives (30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan)
6:30pm

Offered by Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and Boston Natural Area Network. These classes were scheduled to run through July 24th, so it looks like they are done. If I hear anything else, I’ll revive this listing!

 SATURDAY

Sunrise Yoga
Anthem Entertainment (Charles River Bistro, Boston)
7am – 8am

Classes are taught by Smooth Vinyasa instructor Mike Massey. Participants meet at the Charles River Bistro underneath the Charles River Bistro sign, directly next to the Fiedler Footbridge and across from the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell at Boston’s Esplanade Park!

Yoga on the Harbor
Hyatt Boston Harbor (Near Logan Airport, Boston)
8am – 9am

Get great harbor views of Boston during the class. Hotel guests and the local community are welcome.

Riverfront Yoga
Baxter Riverfront Park Amphitheater (100 Great River Road, Somerville)
9am – 10am

Relax and restore along the Mystic River with free yoga classes offered to you by Assembly Row and Some.Yoga Studio. You must register each week for one of the 100 spots available. If the class fills up, wait list sign up begins at 8:30am on Saturday for any available spots. Anyone not checked in by 8:55am forfeits their spot and class starts promptly at 9am. Also check the Facebook page for updates.

Yoga in Franklin Park
Schoolmaster Hill (Roxbury/Dorchester, Boston)
9:15am – 10:15am

Breathe, enjoy, activate your body and mind with an all levels yoga. Classes organized by Linda the Wellness Warrior, who will teach with guest yoga instructors throughout September 12th. Look for signs directing you from the main park road. Parking in the small gravel lot across from the Schoolmaster Hill path and the golf course. If it rains, class will be cancelled. Classes are free, but $5 suggested donation to support Hands To Heart Center and Franklin Park Coalition.

Summer Stretch
The Liberty Hotel (Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston)
10am

Back in 2009, The Liberty was one of the first hotels in Boston, or anyplace in the area for that matter, to start offering free yoga classes in the summer. They set the trend and still offer free classes in collaboration with Equinox. Guests of the hotel and members of the community are welcome to take the class for free. Classes continue through August 29th.

Island Yoga
Boston Harbor Islands (Spectacle Island, Boston)
10:15am – 11:30am

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class overlooking Boston Harbor through September 5th. Join an instructor from South Boston Yoga for gentle yoga class on Spectacle Island. Meet at the Spectacle Island Visitor Center. Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Even still, get there early! You might want to make a day of it and go swimming or have a picnic. Just 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island is the highest point in the harbor, with spectacular views of the city and other islands.  To get to Spectacle Island, unless you have your own boat, you will be taking a ferry. Arrive at the wharf half an hour before scheduled departure times to allow for ticketing and boarding. While the classes are free, you will have to pay to take the ferry.

Yoga in the Park
191 Bowdoin Street (Dorchester)
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Enjoy guided meditation, gentle flow and easy stretching. Classes will take place through September 26th. Donations are welcome!

  SUNDAY

Vinyasa Yoga
Winthrop Square/Minot Rose Garden (St. Paul St. and Freeman St., Brookline)
8am – 9am

Classes take place Sundays starting July 12th and last through August 30th. Coolidge Corner Yoga and The Brookline Departments of Health and Parks and Open Space will be co-hosting a free all-levels Vinyasa flow in front of the rose garden. Sign up for classes on the yoga studio website and get updates on their Facebook page.

Yoga by Donation
57 Brookside Ave, #13 (Jamaica Plain, Boston)
9am – 10am

Classes are provided by Branching Out Yoga, which is the brainchild of Jennifer Maniates.  She offers classes on the first and third Sundays of the month. Check the Facebook page for updates.

Yoga on The Green
The Street (Chestnut Hill)
10am – 11am

All levels of experience are welcome at these classes offered by lululemon. Mats are available too!

Yoga For Runners
Asics Newbury (328 Newbury Street, Boston)
10am – 11am

Before the store opens, Ali Singer teaches a class focused on the needs of runners. The class is every other Sunday and she is teaching one this Sunday, July 5th. So you can figure the rest from there!

Yoga & Beer; the Key to Happiness
Night Shift Brewing (87 Santilli Highway, Everett)
11am – 12pm

These yoga classes were taking place at a brewery every other week or so. However, according to their event calendar, the last class was on July 19th. Kat O’Leary from CorePower Yoga taught the vinyasa classes. From what I can tell, the classes have ended for the foreseeable future. I will keep checking and update.

Free Yoga Class
Riverbend Park (Cambridge)
5pm – 6pm

As part of CRC’s Sunday Parkland Games, Karma Yoga Studio offers an hour long yoga class.

Yoga For Runners
Boston Marathon adidas Runbase (855 Boylston Street, Boston)
6:30pm

These free vinyasa yoga classes are taught by Liz Vail. A customized yoga flow will bring balance to overworked muscles used when running and will also provide strength to the areas of the body that are needed in order to run more efficiently. All levels of yoga experience are welcome, but it looks like you need to register each week.

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Image Credit: “Yoga Pose” courtesy of lobster20 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.