Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Safari #34: Yoga on the Esplanade

We've been enjoying some amazing weather this summer in Boston, and sadly, it's almost to a close. Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us, and if you're still looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors, head to the Charles River Esplanade. For the past month, I've been taking free yoga classes every Wednesday night. If you're looking for a new experience and a way to enjoy low-impact exercise outdoors, these classes are for you.
The Charles River Esplanade Association, formed in 2001, is a non-profit organization that offers free summer programs along the river. The classes I've been taking are part of the Healthy, Fit, and Fun Series, which also includes Zumba, running groups, and fitness boot camps. One of the most popular Esplanade Association events is “Sundays in the Park” where free activities are held on select Sundays all along the walkway. Activities include individual and family yoga, volleyball, badminton, and other lawn games for children.

Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell
  • Cover Your Downward Facing Dog. If you've never done yoga before, take your cue from other yogis and wear form fitting clothing. Given the number of positions you'll be bending and twisting yourself into, you will need your clothes to stay put.
  • Enjoy Treats. Representatives from Vita Coco and Luna Bar are onsite offering free coconut water and health bars to refresh and energize you after class.
  • Give Back. With all of the money you're not spending on yoga classes (ahem ahem), make a donation to the Esplanade Association and help support them as they continue to offer free programming to residents. Visit for more information.
  • Don't Let the Relaxation End. Whether you're with a group of friends or by yourself, take a short walk over to the Hatch Shell and relax even more with free outdoor concerts from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Not to worry if you don't have picnic supplies - concessions and chair rentals are available onsite. 


  1. Thanks for sharing this post. Weather in Boston in summer is always amazing and there are so many things to do there. Moreover, Yoga is very good and makes difference in your life.

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