Couple doing a yoga pose along the beautiful Santa Monica Pier in LA during sunset.

Outdoor Yoga Opportunities in LA

Do you know what’s better than soaking up SoCal sun? Doing a Tree pose while you’re enjoying your tan. That’s precisely my line of thinking, and why I enjoy doing yoga on the beach so much. Yoga is already a relaxing activity in nature, but all the more so when surrounded by fresh air and chirping birds. Here’s our list of top-favorite outdoor yoga opportunities in Los Angeles, in no particular order:

1. Yoga reTREAT : DTLA

When: Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:15-1pm until May 31st — Where: Grand Park, Downtown LA — Cost: Free (and maybe parking)

Isn’t it cool that LA offers free classes to get some lunchtime zen even in the middle of the bustling city? Yoga reTREAT on Wednesdays and Fridays is held on some grassy lawns surrounded by flowering trees, with views of City Hall and the pretty, historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. Word is that mats might be available; however it’s best to bring yours just in case.

2. Runyon Canyon Yoga

When: Daily, 10:30 am (check their Facebook page for updates) — Where: Fuller Avenue Runyon Canyon Entrance — Cost: By donation*, free street parking

If you’ve ever been hiking at the popular Runyon Canyon trails, you already know the breathtaking views that you’ll get. Doing yoga there is just as enjoyable an experience. All kinds of people go, from those that have been attending daily for years to newcomers (like me!), and the instructors are dedicated to helping each individual to their fullest yoga potential. Bring a mat or a towel!

3. Yoga on the Bluff

When: Daily, 11am-12pm — Where: The intersection of Ocean Blvd and Junipero Ave, in Long Beach — Cost: Free

Gaze at the Pacific ocean from this grassy park while sitting contently in a lotus position. You’ll be surrounded by many others enjoying this free yoga program — even little children and sometimes pets. Yogalution, the organization that leads these events, is committed to making yoga accessible to all — thus, it can get a little crowded, so try to arrive early!

4. Beach Yoga with Brad

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am- 12pm; M/T/W/F, Sunset (Check Facebook for updates) — Where: On the beach Near Lifeguard station #29 on Santa Monica Beach — Cost: Minimum $15 donation

This opportunity flows smoothly off the tongue and is well-rated as “Best of L.A 2012” by LA Magazine, among other accolades. You’ll want to bring sunscreen and a towel or mat, and prepare for exercises that may involve standing right at the ocean’s edge, or even dipping your toes in the sea water! Soothing and very zen, as beach yoga usually is.

36.7 million Americans practice yoga, and a whopping 81% of those practitioners have done yoga outside in the last year! You should join us 🙂

*”Free” classes, with a small suggested donations for the instructors, who are otherwise unpaid (typically $5-$15)

Pictures by Lyvly Ambassador: Heather T.