Excuses, excuses. We don't wanna hear 'em. Because metro Phoenix is full of free yoga classes. Nearly every day of the week, someone, somewhere in the Valley is teaching a community yoga class with your namaste all over it. Here's your ultimate guide.
Mountain Shadows Resort
Check out the new Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley, with the resort's Free Flow Nights on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This flow class is held on its scenic Mountain Shadows Lawn that has stunning views of Camelback Mountain. Bring a yoga mat, water, and a towel.
Almost every week, Lululemon hosts free Sunday Yoga sessions at three of its Valley locations. Typically, they're held at 10:30 am. at Scottsdale Quarter's Lulu, 15257 North Scottsdale Road, and the Biltmore Fashion Park location, 2502 East Camelback Road. Chandler Fashion Square hosts yoga at 9 a.m at 2875 West Ray Road. Some mats are available to borrow. But dates vary. So call the store nearest you for details.
DeSoto Central Market
On Saturday, get your Sun Salutations going with two free classes at DeSoto Central Market, 915 North Central Avenue, in the Roosevelt Row district. At 9 a.m., there's a free Barre Above class, which blends yoga, barre, aerobics, and strength training. And at 10 a.m., there's yoga. Call 602-680-7747 or check the market's online events calendar for more information.
Lustre Rooftop Bar
Sutra Studios returns to Lustre Rooftop Bar this summer for free yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 7 through August 30. Held on the Hotel Palomar's third-floor pool deck, there are mountain, ballpark, and downtown skyline views as a DJ spins reggae in June, deep house in July, and "music through the decades" in August. You're encouraged to bring a mat, a towel, and water.
Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market
As part of its Sutra in the City series, an effort to bring yoga to the masses, Sutra Studios is also at the helm of the Yoga Block Party at the Phoenix Public Market, held at 9 a.m. on some Saturdays. Come fully equipped with coins, cash, or a card to pay for parking, a yoga mat (maybe two to layer), water, and a towel. This class is not available all the time, so check the website for upcoming dates.
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Free Flow Fridays is an all-level community yoga class held at Urban Yoga, 3225 North Central Avenue. Breathing techniques, body awareness, posture alignment, and core strength are taught through basic poses that can be adjusted for advanced students. For more information on this free class, call 602-277-9642 or sign up online.
The Farm at South Mountain
In September, The Farm at South Mountain will resume its free Morning Yoga at The Farm classes at 6106 South 32nd Street. Healing Motion will lead classes like Gentle Flow Awakening Core, Lunch Break Yoga, and a Silent Meditative Walk. A donation for the instructor is encouraged. Bring your own mat, or use the farm's grass as your cushion. Check the farm's events and classes calendar for details.
Early-bird yogis might like this meditative class before the noise of the day. Held during the ambrosial hours, meaning two and a half hours before sunrise, Scottsdale's Anahata Yoga offers free community Sadhana classes on various days, three times a week at 14148 North 100 Street. For class dates, call 480-699-9600 or sign up online.
Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version to clarify that Lululemon has more than three Valley locations and that Mountain Shadows' yoga classes start at 6:30 p.m.