Now that summer’s in full swing you’re probably feeling like all you want to do is be outside. After all, Montreal only sees a few months of sun each year. If you’re sick of air conditioning and looking for a way to exercise outdoors that doesn’t involve long, tiring runs, then outdoor yoga may be perfect for you. Several yoga studios in Montreal offer outdoor classes in the summer so you can get toned and flexible whilst hanging out in your favourite park.
Here is a list of yoga studios offering outdoor classes this summer that will keep you fit and full of vitamin D:
What’s better than a rooftop bar? A rooftop yoga studio! Santropol Roulant is hosting rooftop yoga classes all summer, from May 18th until August 4th. Every Saturday there will be two classes, the first from 10 am to 11:30 am aimed at beginners, and the second from 12 pm to 1:30pm for all the intermediate yogis. The courses are run by Montreal-based yoga instructors, Jennifer Krubidos and Justine Romanoff.
Where: 111 Rue Roy Est
Yoga Sante Plus is Montreal’s most underrated yoga studio. Yogasanteplus offers classes for Montrealers of all levels in addition to their personalized yoga classes ranging from prenatal to therapeutic yoga. But the best part about Yogasanteplus are the outdoor classes they offer each summer in Maisonneuve Park. If you’re still not convinced, your first class is free and once you use it up, a class will only cost you $6.
Where: Parc Maisonneuve
Join Nathan for yoga in the park at Parc La Fontaine. Every Sunday, this Montreal yoga instructor will be teaching acro yoga classes from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, and hatha yoga classes from 2:45 pm to 4:15pm. The first class is totally free (or by donation) and classes cost $20 after that. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance, as Nathan’s classes tend to fill up quickly.
Where: Parc La Fontaine, corner of Rue Sherbrooke and Rue Plessis behind the obelisk of Charles De Gaulle
Back for another year, the Lole White Tour is making its way to Montreal on August 18th. Titled “Yoga beneath the setting sun,” this year’s Lole event promises to be full of live music and outdoor yoga. With some of Canada’s top yoga instructors heading to Montreal, this giant yoga class located in Old Port is an event you’re not going to want to miss. Yoga begins at 7:45 pm sharp with the venue opening at 5:30pm. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Where: Old Port, Jacques-Cartier Quay
Head to the south shore for some Sunday morning yoga in the fresh air. Outdoor yoga classes will take place in Parc de la Voie Maritime at 9:30 am and 10:45 am on the following dates: July 17, August 21, and September 18. One class costs $13, and if you really loved practicing yoga in the fresh outdoors, this yoga studio in Saint Lambert continues to offer outdoor yoga classes in the winter – just be sure to bring your mittens.
Where: Parc de la Voie Maritime
Get your yoga on at Parc Jarry this summer. Restorative yoga classes and yin and vinyasa yoga classes are held on several days throughout the week at varying times. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Yoga Bhavana provides you with the opportunity to start or end your day with some outdoor yoga. Outdoor classes are scheduled from June 18 until September 4.
Where: Parc Jarry, meet at Yoga Bhavana (304 Rue Faillon Est) in advance