Summer 2013: Free Yoga Classes In Boston

*Updated for Summer 2016* 
Take a look at the most current listing of free yoga classes in Boston by clicking here
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Flickr photo: Sarah | lululemon athletica

The arrival of June and hot humid weather also brings free outdoor yoga classes in Boston.  Last year's post was so well received that I decided to do it again. Some classes are indoors, like the classes taking place at branches of the Boston Public Library, but they are free or donation based. Wonder if they focus on Tree Pose at the branches? : )

Ahem. Also, some classes are year-round, but they move outdoors for the summer.  It's a potpourri of yoga listings! If you click on the added links, you may also find other fun free outdoor activities are offered as well, but I'm focusing on yoga. For a listing of other free fitness classes around the city, see Boston on Budget's article Free Fitness Classes and Events in Boston for Summer 2013!

Fort Point Fitness has three free yoga classes, among other activities this summer, but not on a weekly basis.

Lululemon has pop-up yoga classes every once in a while, so look at their Facebook pages for Newbury Street and Prudential Center for more information.

Like last year, this post will be updated as needed. Some of the information was available on websites. Other information I called to confirm. If you hear about any places that I've missed, please let me know and I may add them as well.

Hopefully this list will prove helpful to those of you in the Boston area and also those of you living elsewhere, but planning to visit Boston. Staying at a hotel that offers free yoga seems like a nice perk to consider.

A few places have yoga classes a few times a week at different times to fit your schedule. So you could possibly take free classes all summer. Right now, Thursday seems to be the only day without any classes.

On that note, I do have a final point, that I've been thinking about quite a bit. With our new economy, sometimes it seems like a race to the bottom when it comes to what people will pay for products and services. For many of us, myself included, incomes are often stagnant or lower than they once were because of this. I don't want to contribute to the problem with this list. How do you compete with free?

Free classes are great, but yoga teachers have valuable skills and need to make a living. Hopefully many who attend these free class will tip well and take some paid classes too. Namaste!
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Norman B. Leventhal Park (Financial District, Boston)
P.O. Fitness is a series of free fitness classes on the lawn with weekday classes starting June 3rd and going through the end of August. Yoga classes are 7:15am - 8:15am.


Boston Common Frog Pond (Downtown Boston)
Yoga class is held on the lawn next to the the Frog Pond carousel, 6pm - 7:15pm, June 4 – August 27. Limited mats and blocks are available to borrow, but bring your own if you can. Rain Dates: Thursdays within the same week, depending on cooperative weather and staff availability. Wednesday, July 3rd will be the rain date for July 2nd. Weather related cancellations will be posted on the website by 4:30pm on the day of class.

Boston Public Library (West End Branch, Boston)
Chair Yoga For Seniors is an ongoing free year-round class. Donations are welcomed, but not required. Classes are generally held 2:45pm - 3:45pm, but you might want to call and confirm the time before you go. Phone number is (617) 523-3957.

Boston Public Library (Fields Corner Branch, Boston)
Hatha Yoga is taught mostly year-round at this branch with a few breaks between sessions.  All the classes are free from 6:30 pm - 8pm and the 8-week summer session begins on June 18th.


Norman B. Leventhal Park (Financial District, Boston) ~ P.O. Fitness yoga class is 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

The Esplanade (Arthur Fiedler Memorial Head, Boston)
"Sunset Yoga" class at 6pm lets you enjoy the end of the day with a beautiful view of Boston's beloved Charles River. Classes start July 9th and last through the end of August.

Wharf District Park (Financial District, Boston)
Waterfront Yoga is being offered on the Greenway between High Street and India Street  6:30pm - 7:30pm through September 25th or as long as the weather cooperates. These Vinyasa flow classes are free. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water.

Athleta (Back Bay, Boston)
Based on the June calendar, the store has free yoga classes on most Wednesday nights, but not all, from 8pm - 9pm. Check their website or call the store (617) 587-9830 to confirm.


Norman B. Leventhal Park (Financial District, Boston) ~ P.O. Fitness yin yoga class is 7:15am - 8:15am.


Roslindale Village Farmer's Market (Adams Park, Roslindale)
Here's a winning and healthy combination! Get your fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and enjoy a free yoga class! From 9am - 10am, each Saturday from June 29 to August 17, with the exception of August 10th, Branching Out Yoga will offer free yoga classes.

Athleta (Back Bay, Boston)
Based on the June calendar, the store has free yoga classes on most Saturday mornings,  but not all, from 9am - 10am. Check their website or call the store (617) 587-9830 to confirm.

InterContinental Boston (Waterfront - Financial District, Boston)
"Sunrise Yoga" classes takes place 9:30am - 10:30am from June 8th through August 31st. These Vinyasa flow classes are free, open to the public as well as guests of the hotel and held on the hotel's waterfront lawn, weather permitting.

Liberty Hotel (Beacon Hill, Boston)
Yoga in the courtyard starts today, June 1st, and will stay outdoors as weather permits through the end of August. From 10am - 11am complimentary yoga is provided by Equinox year-round, but they bring it outdoors to the courtyard when warm weather arrives. The class is free to everyone, but if you are not a guest at the hotel, please do bring your own yoga mat.

Boston Harbor Islands (Spectacle Island, Boston)
"Island Yoga" lets you practice yoga while looking out over Boston Harbor from a vantage point that you would not normally see. There are two yoga classes each day. One starting at 10:30am and another 12:00pm to get your afternoon started on the right foot. Classes begin on June 22nd and last through August 31st. Look at the website for more information. To get to Spectacle Island, unless you have your own boat, you will be taking a ferry from Long Wharf. 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.


Arnold Arboretum (Forest Hills, Boston)
Yoga classes by donation are provided by Branching Out Yoga and take place near Dawson Pond. Classes are on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9am - 10am.

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Jennifer said…
Thank you for including me on your list! Hope to see you one Sunday in the arboretum!
Lisa Johnson said…
jennifer - You're welcome! Hope to stop by! : )
Can-Can said…
Thanks for sharing and congrats about The Arc success.
Lisa Johnson said…
can-can - Thank you!

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