Ohm Everywhere: Step Outside the Studio for Outdoor Yoga This Summer

After a winter of being cooped up indoors for classes, it always feels great to get a little more vitamin D when spring comes around. The lakefront path becomes more vibrant as soon as May hits and runners, walkers and bikers seem to come out of hibernation.

This summer, I’m adding a new item to my “get outdoors” initiative: yoga. It just seems so fitting to be connected to nature while doing a tree pose, right?

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From studios moving their mats outdoors to park district offerings, there’s more than a few ways to get your ohm on outside this summer. Below I list a few of my findings – but keep in mind that this list is growing. If you know of other spots to practice this summer, let us know in the comments!

Outdoor yoga around the city

    • Millenium Park Summer Workouts: June 3rd – September 2nd. Yoga is offered on Saturday mornings at 8 am and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 am – 8:30 am. Price: Free!
    • Yoga at the Zoo: June 3rd – September 3rd. Yoga is offered on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 – 10 am. Price: You can drop-in for $20 or buy packages for discounts.
    • VIBEUP Yoga at Navy Pier: On select Sundays throughout the summer, Yoga is offered from 10 – 11 am on Sunday mornings. Price: Free!

Outdoor yoga by the lake

  • Sun and Moon Beach Yoga: Starting the season on May 26th and go through Labor Day weekend, there are various offerings throughout the week in the summer.
    Pricing: pre-season packages available at $95 for 10 classes or $150 for unlimited classes this summer. Check the schedule and sign up here.
  • Chicago S.U.P. Yoga: Get your yoga on … on a stand-up paddle board (why not?) at Montrose Beach this summer. Single classes cost $50 for 1.5 hours, with discounted multiple-class packages available. Check out the schedule here.

Rainy Day: Indoor Yoga Outside the Studio

Don’t let a rainy day stop you from getting outside the studio to get your ohm on. Here are a few unique spots to practice if you want to mix it up.

  • The Pilsen Yoga Tribe puts on yoga classes in this beautiful venue on Sunday mornings at 10:30, only asking for a charity donation.

And look out for outdoor yoga here:

These studios have a history of adding outdoor yoga classes to their schedules. Stay tuned!

        • BareFeet Power Yoga in the park on Saturdays (see schedule here)
  • CorePower Yoga in Old Town offering yoga at the Chicago History Museum (see schedule here)
  • Yoga Six summer fun run and 60-minute deep stretch (see schedule here)


What did we miss? Let us know!

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About Cass Gunderson

Cass hails from the southwest suburbs as a proud White Sox fan and a graduate of University of Illinois. By day, Cass is a full-time student at the University of Chicago's Booth Graduate Business School. Before deciding to throw away all her money to go back to school, Cass worked for a private equity firm that buys technology companies. Raised as the youngest in a family of older brothers, Cass grew up a tomboy and remains active in sports. To her mother’s satisfaction, Cass learned how to embrace her feminine side in college and has developed an interest for fitness activities that require spandex as opposed to knee-length basketball shorts. In her spare time, she runs a lot because it is cheaper than paying for real therapy. Cass has completed four marathons and one ultramarathon (she claims she'll never do this to herself again, but that's TBD). She can still be found on the basketball courts in Lincoln Park wearing knee-length basketball shorts.