Grab your yoga mat, put on your most fashionable spandex, and limber up for International Yoga Day. Even I’ll be digging out my yoga mat from the dust beneath my bed (at least I think that’s where I left it…) to join both the hardcore yogis and newbie yogis alike for some free yoga lessons happening around the cities. Thursday, June 21st marks this celebration, and provides us with the perfect excuse to wear our comfy yoga pants out on the town. An opportunity you can hardly pass up.
Thursday, June 21 from 8:00am – 7:00pm
Head out to the Galleria in Edina for free yoga classes being held all day long. The event is sponsored by CorePower Yoga, Free People, Lululemon, and The North Face. And to celebrate International Yoga Day they will be handing out prizes at each of the sessions. The first twenty-five people to arrive to each class will receive free Galleria gift bags. Now, I’m not sure what’s in the gift bags, but I’m certainly willing to actually be early for once to find out. And if that isn’t enough, in addition to the gift bags, one lucky yogi will win a free outfit from either Free People, Lululemon, or The North Face.
Be sure to bring your own yoga mat and even if you don’t leave with any prizes, you still get to enjoy a free, meditative yoga class which is pretty cool. Check out the class schedule below to pick your preferred yoga session.
Thursday, June 21 at the Galleria from 8:00am – 9:00am
This session will take you through a relaxing Meditative Yoga class where you can enter to win a free outfit from Free People.
Thursday, June 21 at the Galleria from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lululemon hosts the midday class where CorePower instructors will guide you through a Vinyasa Flow workout. And during this class be sure to enter to win a free outfit from Lululemon.
Thursday, June 21 at the Galleria from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Join this class hosted by The North Face Women’s Store for a tougher workout of Yoga Sculpt. Be sure to enter for the chance to win a free outfit from The North Face Women’s Store.
Thursday, June 21 from 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Watch the sunset while doing your downward dog over at Brit’s Pub for Bend It At Brit’s summer yoga event. Held outside on their rooftop lawn, Brit’s Pub partnered with YogaFit to give us a free one hour yoga class. Instructors will guide you through yoga poses to the beat of a DJ and afterwards, be sure to head to the bar for a few drinks to celebrate with Brit’s drink special on Bloom gin and tonic. No registration is needed. Simply show up, bring your own yoga mat, and come a little early to sign a waiver and grab a good spot on the lawn.
Thursday, June 21 from 3:15pm – 4:15pm
For a completely novel yoga experience head to the Hilton to join the event Cool Down With On. Sponsored by On, they have rented out the Symphony III Ballroom to lead you through a runner’s cool down yoga flow session that is set to live music. Even though the class is geared more towards runners, anyone can attend. And it will definitely be worth it as after the class they’ll be serving cool, refreshing smoothies. The class runs 45 minutes and be sure to register early to reserve a mat and your spot.
Happy International Yoga Day. Namaste.
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