Say what you will about Phoenix summer, it is by far the cheapest season to be a local. When temperatures rise and tourist season falls, Phoenix natives reap the benefits of free pool parties, cheap hotel stays, and all forms of discounted outdoor activities. Case in point: yoga.
Here are seven Metro Phoenix spots for strengthening your mind and your body this summer.
Sweat Your Asana Off at Hotel Palomar Downtown Phoenix's Hotel Palomar is inviting guests and non-guests a like to join them for free outdoor yoga series every Monday starting Monday, June 3, and running through September 2. Classes will be held poolside and led by local instructors from 7 to 8 p.m. A special happy hour follows at the Lustre Rooftop Garden. For more information call the Hotel Palomar at 602-253-6633 or visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.
Community Yoga Project at Civic Space Park On Saturday, June 1, downtown will go downward dog as the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA hosts a free Ashtanga-style yoga class at the Civic Space Center. This complimentary class held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. will be led outdoors in the park or inside the A.E. England building depending the weather conditions. For more information, contact the Civic Space Center at 602-262-4734.
Lululemon Scottsdale Quarter The Aussie apparel company is going all out on the community yoga front. Every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Scottsdale yogis can meet outside the Lululemon at the new and expanding Scottsdale Quarter store for a refreshing workout of bending and stretching. To find out more, contact Lululemon Scottsdale at 480-922-2544.
Unintentionally Hot Yoga at FireSky Resort Start your Saturday off right with free yoga at the FireSky Resort. Running through August 31, this complimentary yoga series is opening to the public and takes place every Saturday from 7 to 8 a.m. Classes are led outdoors by local instructors in the beautiful Oasis Lagoon. For more information, contact the FireSky Resort at www.fireskyresort.com.
Lululemon Biltmore This high-end fitness clothing boutique located inside one of Phoenix's oldest and most scenic outdoor shopping centers offers yoga every Sunday rain or shine on the grassy lawn located at the center of the mall between Lululemon and Saks. The hour-long flow happens from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with complimentary loaner mats available for anyone who needs one. For more information call the Biltmore Lululemon at 602-956-1402.
Lululemon Chandler For East Valley yogis, the Lululemon at Chandler Fashion Center also offers year-round yoga, with a morning class every Sunday either inside the store or outside the food court (depending on the weather). Morning yoga runs from 10 to 11 a.m., giving students plenty of time to fit in some much-deserved shopping afterward. For more information call Lululemon Chandler at 480-899-0545.
Free Flow at the W Scottsdale This free spring yoga series presented in part by Lululemon Athletica (they really are taking over) has one remaining class on Thursday, May 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m on the W Scottsdale's Wet Deck. The class is followed by live music as well as a yoga happy hour from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information call the W at 480-970-2100 or visit www.wscottsdalehotel.com.
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