Rooftop yogaDuring the final dog days of summer before Labor Day, you may be revisiting your to-do list of unique summer activities; have you given yourself the opportunity to experience as much outdoor yoga as you were planning to practice? There’s still time to lay out your mat in one of LA’s unique locations for practicing yoga.

In case you need some inspiration, we’ve scouted the top five outdoor yoga classes. From yoga on the iconic Santa Monica Pier, to the canyons, to even a rooftop helipad, the organized outdoor yoga classes in Los Angeles are as versatile and endless as the city itself.

Here is our list of top five must-visit places to practice this summer:

1. InterContinental Summer Rooftop Yoga Series: Summer rooftop yoga series from the unparalleled vantage point of the Century City InterContinental Hotel’s 16th floor helipad. Renowned yoga instructor Noah Christensen leads a class open to all levels gazing out over the picturesque cityscape, with views spanning downtown and the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean. Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm; open to the public for $16. Book your mat in advance and arrive early.  InterContinental Los Angeles

2. Roga on the Pier: FREE Run + Yoga class on Saturday mornings with the best views in town. Get fit with some low-key locals; all experience levels welcome in both classes. Last class is this Saturday, August 24! 8am: Run; 9am: Yoga; free. For more information, visit Run+Yoga=ROGA.

roga3. Runyon Canyon YOGA: Donation-Based Yoga at the Fuller Avenue entrance of the famous Runyon Canyon Park. Combine your flow with a walk or hike in this serene city getaway. Classes can be found every day of the week; donation-based. For full schedule: Runyon Canyon YOGA.

4. Beach Yoga with Brad: Practice at the water’s edge for memorable yoga and fellowship. Located just off of Marine Street next to lifeguard station #29, Brad Keimach leads yoga every Saturday and Sunday year-round. As a summer special, Brad has extended classes to include sunset yoga on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays; $10 minimum donation. Check Beach Yoga with Brad’s Facebook Page for further info.

5. Yogalution in Long Beach: Dubbed “The Revolution and the Solution”, Yogalution on Bluff Park is lead by teachers from Long Beach’s Trilogy Yoga. This yoga-in-the-park takes places year round on a gorgeous stretch of green overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Classes are completely free as part of founder Dharma Shakti’s Yogalution movement to bring yoga to all. Classes run daily at 11 am. For further info, visit: Yogalution.


Vanessa Harris is graduate of Pepperdine University who completed her teacher training in India. Her experience includes writing, making malas or prayer beads, serving as an associate producer at Bhakti Fest, and contributing as the Editorial Coordinator at Bliss Network.