Whether you’re looking for secluded locations for your own personal practice or teacher-led classes by the ocean, Wilmington and its nearby beaches have got you covered. After a challenging 2020 we are more than ready to head outdoors and soak up some much-needed vitamin sea! Let’s spring into the lighter days by checking out some scenic outdoor yoga options.
Want to get down with nature and enjoy your own practice in peace? Wilmington has a host of tranquil locations to choose from. From the wild nature of Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to more manicured municipal parks, such as Long Leaf, Halyburton, or Empie, you can lay your mat on green lawns, nature trails or within shady shelters. Wilmington’s new Riverfront Park—set to open this summer—will offer yogis serene views of the Cape Fear River!
Feeling a little more sociable? Well, luckily Wilmington’s array of yoga studios are all about providing alternative yoga locations.
Salty Dog Yoga and Surf in Carolina Beach offers beach yoga throughout the spring and summer, so keep an eye on their website for starting dates and times. There’s nothing quite like kicking off your weekend with dolphins and sand between your toes!
Salty also provides Kids Yoga classes at Carolina Beach Lake Park on weekends. For a special summer treat, sign up for Salty Dog’s adventurous full moon kayak and yoga trips to Masonboro Island from April through August (weather- and tide-dependant).
LongWave Yoga Studio is all over the SUP yoga option. Standup paddleboard yoga in partnership with the Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Surf to Sound Adventures program explores some of Wrightsville Beach’s most scenic waterways. This usually begins around Memorial Day weekend (or sooner, weather-depending).
Or sign up for a weekend Yoga on the Lawn class in the peaceful oceanfront garden of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
Wilmington Yoga Center and BeUnlimited both host yoga on the Oceanic Restaurant’s gorgeous Crystal Pier—right over the ocean in Wrightsville Beach—at various times throughout the week. Check their websites to reserve the perfect way to start your summer day.
Yoga for All with Kure Beach Yoga includes a variety of classes held on the beach by the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, on the stage at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion, or inside the Town’s Community Center.
Cruise to Masonboro Island reserve with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and instructors from Terra Sol Sanctuary for beach yoga sessions on a peaceful barrier island. The Blockade Runner Resort’s Carolina Runner catamaran also offers yoga experiences on Masonboro Island.
LongWave Yoga will collaborate with Airlie Gardens for their Yoga in the Gardens series (Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., until May 27). Airlie’s coastal garden settings provide an idyllic backdrop to practice yoga on your own, year-round.
The New Hanover County Arboretum is one of Wilmington’s best kept secrets. With seven acres of diverse flora and fauna, complete with a koi pond and Japanese tea house, these serene gardens will get your zen on. A local yoga teacher will guide weekly classes every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. through June 5.
Baaamaste! You could give Goat Yoga a go! BeLife Farm is a local non-profit that brings adorable baby goats to munch on the grass while you touch your toes. Peaceful and playful, this delightful experience is fun for the whole family. Currently held on the lawn of Tidal Creek Co-op, Goat Yoga may be moving to Long Leaf Park, so check their site to confirm the location.
Salty Dog Yoga hosts weekly classes on the back deck of Good Hops Brewing, surrounded by a lush forest and disc golf course in Carolina Beach.
There we have it—no excuses now! Find a scenic spot to enjoy your yoga—and Namaste!
* Information contained herein is current at the time the blog is written, however, events and programs may change without notice. Please call to confirm.