We love the changing seasons (that’s a requirement living in Michigan, right?), but nothing beats a beautiful summer day. And what makes summer even better – you guessed it – outdoor yoga. In this neck of the woods, it’s a real gift to get outdoors and practice yoga with friends. Fresh air and mindfulness works wonders on the soul, and here are the top outdoor yoga classes happening this summer in Grand Rapids. Add them to your calendar and start unrolling that new yoga mat – here we go!
Yoga on the Green with MVP
Dates: Every Wednesday Evening from June 13th – August 15th
Location: MVP Athletic Club, Crahen (115 Crahen Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Well, this is the best thing ever. Join MVP every Wednesday evening this summer for a free outdoor yoga class open to the public at MVP Athletic Club, from 7-8pm. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. No pre-registration required, just show up!
BYOM (Bring your own mat.)
Yoga at Meijer Gardens with Dean Jeffery
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Dates: June 19th, July 24th, August 21st, and September 15th
Cost: $7.00 per session for members, $17.00 for non-members
Location: Fredrick Meijer Sculpture Park
Meet up with friends at Fredrick Meijer Gardens for a refreshing and meditative session of yoga with well-known instructor, Dean Jeffery. Each class will feature a different outdoor location at Meijer Gardens including Michigan’s Farm Garden, The Sculpture Park, and the Japanese Garden. Open to all levels and ages, bring a yoga mat and get ready for some fun! Pre-register online here.
Free Outdoor Yoga Series with Grand Rapids Parks & Downtown GR Inc.
Dates: Throughout the summer
Locations: Across the city!
Grand Rapids Parks and Downtown GR Inc. are teaming up to offer a free outdoor yoga series at participating parks below. Find the nearest location to you and join in!
Heartside Park – Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm, throughout the summer
Look Out Park – Thursdays, 7:00 – 7:45 pm, throughout the summer
Grand Central Station – Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm, throughout the summer
6th Street Park – Mondays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm, throughout the summer
Blue Bridge – Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 6:15pm, throughout the summer
Funky Buddha Yoga Summer Series
Photo Credit | @funkybuddhayoga Instagram
Dates: Sundays, June 3rd – August 26th
Two locations: Centennial Park in Holland (5:30-6:30) and Wilcox Park in Eastown (6:30-7:30)
Come join fellow yogis and Funky Buddha aficionados every Sunday in Holland or Grand Rapids for some power flow and fun! All classes are free to attend and are taught by Funky Buddha’s excellent staff and trainees. All ages are welcomes (family friendly!) and no pre-registration is required. Get the whole family outdoors to stretch, sweat, and breathe.
AM Yoga Summer Series at Donkey
Photo Credit | @donkeytaqueria Instagram
Dates: One class per month starting 6/10/18
Cost: Donation based
Location: Donkey Taqueria (665 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Start summer right with AM Yoga and Donkey Taqueria. They are here to show you that yoga and tacos make for the perfect combination. Offering one class a month (starting June 10th at 8:30 am) AM Yoga is offering a donation-based yoga sweat session on the patio of Donkey. Bring a towel, mat, water bottle, and a friend! They are kicking it up a notch this year with raffles for Donkey and AM Yoga swag at each session – see you there.
Waterfront Yoga at Reed’s Lake with Seva Yoga
Dates: Thursdays throughout the summer (9:00 – 10:00 am)
Cost: Regular class rates for Mind Body apply
Location: John Collins Park on Reed’s Lake
Join Melissa from Seva Yoga for awesome outdoor morning flow sessions at John Collins park every Thursday morning throughout the summer. Pre-register with Seva and sign up early – only 15 people can attend each class!
Yoga at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market
Photo Photo Credit | @fultonstmarket Instagram
Dates: Every Tuesday at 10:00 am throughout the summer
Cost: Donation based
Location: Fulton Street Farmer’s Market
Have your veggies and yoga too! Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is offering donation-based yoga classes on the Market plaza all summer long. These sessions are suitable for all levels and take place every Tuesday at 10:00 am starting June 5 and ending August 28. There are a number of different local yoga studios and teachers donating their time to lead these sessions, so you’ll get to experience a fun variety of yoga styles and instruction!
Yoga Flow & Trail Run at Robinettes
Date: Saturday, June 23rd 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Create the perfect marriage of yoga and trail running! Join Yoga Fever for a 40 minute all levels yoga flow followed by a 2-mile trail run at Robinettes. The yoga class will be on the front lawn of the apple orchard, bring your yoga mat and your best running pal to join in the combo fun!
Yoga in the Park with Yoga Blue Studio
Photo Photo Credit | @yoga.blue.studio Instagram
Dates: Tuesday’s at 7:15 pm
Location: Heritage Park (4264 Canal Ave. SW, Grandville, MI)
Join Grandville stretch staple, Yoga Blue Studio, for an awesome outdoor yoga session at Heritage Park every Tuesday throughout the summer. Bring your family, friends, your mat and a water bottle. There’s no cost associated, but donations are accepted.
Did we miss an outdoor yoga event you’re looking forward to? Please tell us about it by commenting below!