Healthy relationships are all about balance. And if you’re looking to interpret that literally in your relationship, why not take advantage of the fabulous spring weather by practicing outdoor yoga in Orlando? From a picturesque blueberry farm to Downtown Orlando rooftops, here are a few places to get lost in the flow together.
Baby Goat Yoga at Wildflower Farm
When: Select dates March – April
Where: Wildflower Farm – 2218 Carrington Drive, Orlando
Wildflower Farm is an urban family-owned farm serving as an oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life, just 15 minutes from the heart of downtown. The farm raises American Alpine dairy goats and chickens. You can stock up on fresh goat’s milk, eggs, soaps and more, but the farm’s main draw is the seasonal baby goat yoga offered March-April. Practice your down dog with your goat companions and conclude your visit with plenty of time to cuddle and bottle feed your new buddies. Selfies are totally encouraged. Classes fill up fast, so book soon.
One of our contributors, Hannah Green, took the class earlier this year and confirmed my suspicion that the focus of this class isn’t mainly on exercise. Her take on the class: “It’s less about the yoga and more about the baby goats! They really do climb all over you and they will even cuddle with you.” I mean, what more could you want?
Yoga on the Lawn at Southern Hill Farms
When: Select Saturdays and Sundays, 9:45am
Where: Southern Hill Farms – 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont
Cost: $13 in advance, $15 day of at the farm
Blueberry season in Florida runs from April-June, and at Southern Hill Farms you can pair blueberry picking with a 1-hour all levels yoga class. The weekly class is held on the farm’s grass yard and led by Laura Hemmings, a certified yoga instructor. After class, peruse the farm’s 40 acres of blueberry bushes as you pick your own berries. One pound of u-pick berries are included in the cost of the yoga class. The farm is a hotbed of activity on the weekends with food trucks, live music, mimosas and more in addition to yoga and u-pick.
You’ll need to bring your own mat, towel, and water. If purchasing tickets in advance, visit the Info Table with your receipt to obtain your wristband for attending the class.
A fun way to bond as a couple is to try something new and outside of your comfort zone. Once you’re comfortable with yoga on land, hop on a paddleboard for a true test of balance. Here are a few places around town to give it a try:
When: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am (check the Meetup page for details)
Where: Lake Killarney (Winter Park); meet at Paddleboard Orlando Store – 115 North Orlando Ave Suite 109, Winter Park
Cost: $25 including board rental (or $10 if you bring your own board)
Paddle out on beautiful Lake Killarney for a one hour guided paddleboard yoga class followed up with an additional hour or leisurely paddleboarding. Paddleboard Orlando offers SUP yoga classes every Saturday and Sunday on the lake behind their shop in Winter Park. The class is open to beginners, even if you have no prior paddleboarding and/or yoga experience. Sign up online on the Meetup page, or call 407-960-7815 to reserve your space.
WAVE OF WELLNESS
When: Select dates beginning in May (check the Meetup page for details)
Where: Lake Mary Jane (Orlando) and Lake Mizell (Winter Park)
Cost: $35 including board rental (or $15 if you bring your own board)
Jessica Cichra of Wave of Wellness hosts seasonal paddleboard yoga classes on Lake Mary Jane and Lake Mizell, inviting you to align body, mind, and spirit while practicing balance and breath. During the 1 hour 15 minute class, you’ll paddle out to a serene spot on the water and the balancing act begins. While the class is open to beginners, I’d recommend some prior experience with yoga and paddle boarding so that the experience isn’t a total shock. Wave of Wellness hosts Was’SUP Beginners lessons to get you acquainted with paddleboarding.
Namaste and Rose Thornton Park
When: First and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm
Where: The Veranda at Thornton Park – 111 N Summerline Ave, Orlando
Boost your motivation to exercise with a little liquid help. The Veranda at Thornton Park is a cozy event venue with a charming terrace located across the street from Island Time and Benjamin French Bakery & Cafe. The patio space serves as the classroom for the monthly Namaste and Rose yoga class, a one-hour class concluded with a complimentary glass of wine. A yoga instructor from local studio Firefly Yoga Company leads each class. Bonus: you can keep the party going with happy hour pricing at Island Time afterwards. Check Facebook for upcoming event details.
Rooftop Yoga at The Balcony Orlando
When: Select Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Where: The Balcony Orlando – Chase Plaza, 189 South Orange Avenue (11th floor), Orlando
Cost: $7 (plus a few extra dollars for parking)
The Balcony is a swanky event venue in Downtown Orlando, notable for its stunning 11th-story outdoor views of Lake Eola. But you don’t need to be a wedding guest or VIP to see the rooftop for yourself. The venue hosts a monthly rooftop yoga class ideal for winding down after work. The Balcony features 10,000 square feet of outdoor space utilized during the unique class. Yoga mats are available for rent based on availability, with a suggested donation of $2-$4. Finding your inner calm will be easy as you flow through poses while the sun begins to set over the city.
Yoga Nona at Crescent Park
When: Saturdays at 9am
Where: Crescent Park in Laureate Park, Lake Nona
Headed to Lake Nona for a waterfront brunch at Canvas? Arrive a little earlier to practice yoga on the lawn of Crescent Park, located less than 5 minutes from the restaurant. This weekly yoga class is community-oriented, free, and open to all skill levels. Bring along plenty of water, a yoga mat, and a towel to participate.
Free Yoga on Park Avenue
When: Second and fourth Saturday of the month
Where: Central Park, Winter Park
Cost: Free (donations welcome to support the charity of the month)
A date day along Park Avenue doesn’t have to cost a dime. Movement: Yoga with a purpose is a local Meetup group that gathers twice a month for a free outdoor community yoga class. You’ll be steps away from Park Avenue hotspots as you practice in Winter Park’s picturesque Central Park under the guidance of a certified yoga instructor. As an added bonus, the group’s mission is to raise social awareness and give back. Each month a different charity is featured, so bring along a donation if it calls to you.
YogaGlow at Aero
When: Periodically; check Facebook for details
Where: Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge – 60 N Orange Ave, Orlando
Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
Paint yourself luminous with special glow in the dark paint and crack some glow sticks during an upbeat and one of a kind rooftop yoga class. PLA.Yoga leads the periodic energetic class—suitable for all levels—atop Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge’s rooftop space in Downtown Orlando. Arrive early, grab your supplies, and get creative painting yourself (and your partner) before class begins. Check out the studio’s Facebook page for details on upcoming events.
More outdoor yoga classes happening around town:
Yoga in Lake Eola Park
When: Sundays at 11am
Where: Northeast lawn of Lake Eola Park (corner of Robinson & Eola Dr)
Cost: $5 cash
Partake in a 1-hour all levels community outdoor yoga class with Lake Eola as the backdrop. This class pairs well with a visit to the Orlando Farmer’s Market or a Sunday brunch in Thornton Park.
Yoga Under the Stars at Orlando Brewing
When: Third Friday of each month at 7pm
Where: Orlando Brewing – 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando
Stay cool during this nighttime outdoor yoga class held at Orlando Brewing. A free 16oz. beer of your choice is included in the ticket price.
Brewery Yoga on the Silo Lawn at Crooked Can Brewing Company
When: Saturdays at 11am
Where: Silo Lawn at Plant Street Market – 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden
Begin the weekend with a relaxing outdoor yoga class at Plant Street Market. The class includes a free 13oz or 16oz craft brew of your choice from Crooked Can.
Read our guide to Wild and Crazy Places to do Yoga in Orlando for more ideas.