It’s alarming to think how much time we spend indoors, especially considering the positive effects that nature has on our physical and mental health. If you feel your stress melting away and your worries disappear when you venture into the great outdoors, consider taking that relaxing feeling a step further. Experience for yourself the warmth of the sun, a breeze keeping you comfortable, and the healing quality of outdoor yoga at any of these workshops or events.
Yoga in the Park – Pembroke
As their Instagram feed indicates, the people behind White Pine Yoga love to practice outdoors any chance they get. In partnership with the City of Pembroke they lead one hour of free yoga at the Pembroke Marina Waterfront every Wednesday from the beginning of June to the end of August. Grab your mat and head out to this riverside park adjacent to the Ottawa River for a relaxing good time.
Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga – Pembroke & Petawawa
If you think standing on a SUP board can be a challenge in itself, your core muscles will be put to the test at AWE Yoga’s SUP Yoga. Due to the popularity of their Pembroke-based SUP Yoga on the Ottawa River, this summer they are expanding to offer classes upriver in Petawawa too. Insider tip: plan to join their Sunset SUP class for the added bonus of watching the sun retreat on the horizon while you work your muscles.
Farmer’s Market Yoga – Carleton Place
At the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market you can literally shop until you drop (into Downward Dog) with Hamsa Yoga’s free gentle yoga sessions. The informal class is open to all levels, and runs from 9:30 – 10:30 am on Saturdays in the market square. Nourish your mind and body with a healthy breakfast at the Good Food Company followed by a satisfying yoga session, then stick around to pick out fresh produce and local goods. How’s that for a productive morning?
Yoga with Horses – Almonte
Whether or not you have experience with horses, being around these beautiful, sensitive animals can feel transformative. Willaway Farm, an equestrian facility between Almonte and Carleton Place, invites you to connect with these gentle giants during their Yoga with Horses program. Use a horse as a partner for stability and support as you practice gentle yoga poses. Yogis at Willaway Farm might also find themselves the target of affection from the loveable ginger barn cat, Malcolm.
Bonus: Outdoor Yoga Festival – Smiths Falls
On Saturday, June 15 the first RISE Yoga & Wellness Festival will take place from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Smiths Falls’ Centennial Park. If you love yoga, you won’t want to miss your chance to get involved in this inaugural event on the banks of the Rideau Canal. Lay down a mat, breathe in the fresh air, and feel the sun shine down on you and your fellow yogis!