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Find Your Zen on International Yoga Day with These Alternative Classes

Find Your Zen on International Yoga Day with These Alternative Classes

Embrace the Golden State of mind with these top yoga experiences

Posted 4 years agoby Lindsey Steele

Find your inner California chi at one of many unique yoga experiences throughout the state. With picturesque locations combined with a little California coolness, you’re bound to find a class that will inject a little excitement into your yoga practice.    


Kitten yoga in Santa Barbara

Purr-fect your yoga poses at Cat Therapy, Santa Barbara’s only cat café. No matter your level, you can enjoy a 60-minute gentle yoga and deep stretching class, followed by a 30-minute cat cuddle session, where participants can play and cuddle any remaining worries away. And the best bit? The cost of the class goes towards helping rescued cats.



Yoga under the stars in Palm Springs

The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Rancho Mirage offers a sensory outdoor detox at sunset with its Serenity Under the Stars yoga class. Timed perfectly with the fading sunlight, you’ll experience sunset colours coming to life over the Santa Rosa Mountains. The perfect place to hit the reset button, this yoga class, led by an experienced yogi, will leave you feeling at peace under a brilliant canvas of twinkling California stars.


Paddleboard yoga in Newport Beach

Relax and test your balance on the calm waters of Newport Beach with a Bliss Paddle Yoga session. With no distractions to disturb your inner peace, yogis can practice balancing and breathing with knowledgeable instructors. In a truly glorious Californian setting, this workout will be good for the mind, body and the soul.



Storytime yoga in South Lake Tahoe

Yoga isn’t just for adults, so why not get the little ones perfecting their downward dogs at Lake Tahoe Yoga? The Happy Hour Yoga class for adults runs parallel with Yoga Storytime for kids, so find your Zen while the children interact through story and play, and be impressed as they learn about yoga asana, breathing and philosophy.


Vineyard yoga near Santa Ynez Valley

Vineyard Yoga SYV offers yoga enthusiasts an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley 45 minutes from Santa Barbara. With a backdrop of rolling hills and miles of grapevines, and a class that closes with a flight of wines, your yoga practice will never be the same again. As the yoga opens up the senses, yogis can apparently experience the wine more deeply.



Rooftop yoga in West Hollywood

The only thing better than yoga atop one of West Hollywood’s most trendy hotels is a free yoga session atop West Hollywood’s Petit Ermitage. Embrace the healthy L.A. lifestyle on the sunken outdoor Firedeck and energise both body and mind whilst taking in stunning 360-degree views of the Hollywood Hills.


Aerial yoga in SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County)

Slow is good for the soul, so head to SLO Yoga Center in San Luis Obispo County and reach for the skies with an aerial yoga class. Hang from the ceiling in individual hammocks and build upon your strength and your flexibility. SLO CAL is as far as you can get from the fast-paced city life, so leave the noise and chaos behind and simply SLO down.


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