In order to maintain a great summer body after all of those movies and concerts (and perhaps the occasional beer or two), New York offers the perfect solution, too. There are some free events including yoga, Pilates, dance and even kayak throughout the boroughs.
Two years ago I already mentioned the Yoga in the Park series. Prospect Park offers some great yoga every Thursday from 7pm on. People count can be quite extensive but not as bad as in other locations in the city.
Such as Bryant Park Yoga, which usually fills up the entire lawn area. Free Yoga classes are held here on Tuesday mornings from 10am on and Thursdays at 6pm. I once went on a Tuesday morning and the class count was 300 people. Contrary to my initial belief, since it seemed less than that.
Coney Island offers a give-by-donation yoga session right at the beach. Monday and Thursday nights at 7pm on a weekly basis, so perhaps you can go to a movie right after.
Union Square offers free yoga on Thursdays at 8am. It’s open to all skill levels and might be a great way to kickstart your day!
Same goes for early morning yoga at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6. Here, yoginis meet at 7:30am on Mondays for a sunrise yoga. Sessions are through July 27th.
The Audubon Center in Prospect Park offers free Pilates every Friday at noon through August 20th. Find more info on their web site.
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2 offers free Kayaking to the public. Every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm it has 20 minute sessions open to every age group. Every Sunday starting at 11am it offers Kayak Polo for adults and children throughout the day. I’ve started volunteering with them last month and have since then completed my Safety Boater training (which involved taking a dive into the East River). It’s a cool thing to do when combining a sporty activity with on-the-water paddling.
4) Hip Hop Dance Aerobic
From July 10 through August 11th Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting this fun classed sponsored by the YMCA. Get your dance feet moving and your rhythm going every Friday at 7pm.
It’s at the same location in Dumbo from July 5th through August 16th. I remember trying to come here in the previous years and it being immensely popular. Perhaps an early registration is advisable.
6) Broadway Dance
Until August 4th, every Monday at 10am you can learn some grand lessons in the realm of Broadway and Musicals. Other than that, you will also get a great work-out. Same location, Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
7) Free Juggling in Midtown
Bryant Park features free juggling with a group of outstanding jugglers every day from 12-1pm. I happened to come across them in May and have yet to come back for my second session. They are located directly behind the Public Library and are not hard to miss. If you happen to be around for lunch and want to learn a few beginner juggling skills or even if you just want to throw a few balls around – this is the place to be doing it at.