Yoga practice outdoors can do wonders for clearing the mind. Luckily, Dutchess County has several open air opportunities to say "om." Shavasana at sunset overlooking Hudson Valley orchards, find inner peace along the river, cat-cow on gorgeous alpaca farms and more! Read on for unforgettable natural yoga experiences.
Practicing yoga in the great outdoors can be an immensely tranquil experience—especially in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley. However, Clover Brooke Farm in Hyde Park ups the relaxation factor even further with the soothing presence of their friendly llamas and alpacas. Sign up for a Llamaste Yoga class to learn the essentials of yoga, while taking in the beauty of the farm. Plus, every session includes the opportunity to handcraft a lavender loofah, another lovely self-care experience! Classes are Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through October.
Saturdays from June 18 to August 27, enjoy a refreshing Saturday morning yoga session at Stony Kill Foundation. Sessions take place by Verplanck Memorial Garden, which often blooms with flowers and other plants that attract butterflies, birds and other pollinators. The 1,000 acre farm is a breathtaking piece of nature, and the perfect place to practice yoga. Sessions start at 10 a.m.
Fishkill Farms is a prime Dutchess County destination. It offers pick-your-own produce in the summer and fall, along with a three-season Treasury Cider bar. In addition, every Saturday from June 4 through October 8, Fishkill Farms hosts yoga sessions. Local studio Red Tail Power Yoga leads these 9 a.m. practices. Breathe in the fresh air on their western hillside, overlooking the orchards. Plus, on three select Fridays throughout the summer, participate in their Sunset Cider & Yoga series. After a relaxing session on their wrap-around porch, sip orchard-fresh ciders while watching the sun descend over the hills. It’s a magical experience!
At scenic Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook, start your weekend off with a relaxing morning of yoga. Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., Rhinebeck Yoga Center leads Vinyasa classes for all levels. They suggest bringing a mat, sunscreen, plenty of water and anything else you may need to practice comfortably outside. Sun salutations, backbends, restorative poses and savasana add up to a truly rejuvenating experience. After, journey into their fields to pick your own fruits and vegetables in the summer and autumn. Conversely, head to their tap room for natural wines and fermented ciders. To sign up, click here.
Equine therapy has taken off in recent years, with people finding peace and healing through working with horses. Eastern Dutchess County is filled with breathtaking horse farms, ranches and rescues, and Lucky Orphans in Dover Plains is no exception. Follow them on Facebook for the occasional Sunday yoga with horses!
Visits to Long Dock Park and Dennings Point State Park are among the best ways to experience the Hudson River. Did you know you could take a yoga class with a view of the water? beBhakti Yoga Center offers regular classes at both sites, utilizing fresh air and the restorative presence of the river. Outdoor sessions occur throughout the week; to view a full schedule, click here.
Programs are only open to those registered for a workshop, staying at Omega's campus or paying the commuter fee. For more information, click here.
This non-profit organization can be found on 250 breathtaking acres in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Omega, since its inception in 1977, has remained dedicated to holistic studies, spiritual development and creativity. Stay at their Rhinebeck campus to participate in daily open classes in yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. Classes are at 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Paired with three farm-to-table meals per day, a weekend retreat aims to cleanse the body and mind. With plenty of tranquil gardens, ponds, woodland sanctuaries and other locations onsite, Omega is the place to find inner peace.
Is hiking more your speed? Cozy up to a Hudson Valley alpaca while trekking along gorgeous trails at Lilymore Farm. This Dutchess destination features shady woods and charming meadows, creating an unforgettable experience. Book a group hike for up to six friends, and spend time bonding with a graceful creature while traversing a breathtaking landscape.