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After listening to a local channel speak about fitness classes offered throughout NYC by different organizations I figured I’d put it to the test. I am glad to report I found more classes than I could have ever imagined through: www.nycgovparks.org. I will need to break the info down to a few more blogs. For this one, I will focus on the Uptown: Washington Heights-Inwood Heights area in Northern Manhattan (now lovingly referred to as WaHi by many).

Boy was I happy to find this, free Yoga in WaHi for the Summer! I am a New Yorker that is just started to try fitness outdoor events. Already got a sports bug repellant and still have the yoga mat that my late cat Misu scratched up so I am ready to go to the Yoga classes I’d like to try outdoors. Without further ramblings, I will list some of the information I think sound fun. Please check with the different fitness places for date and times confirmation. I copied the information directly from the websites listed on each.


In Inwood: Free Yoga, Tai Chi, West African Dance and Capoeira

Inwood Evening Yoga

Hosted By Bread and Yoga & Northern Manhattan Parks.

Where: Inwood Hill Park (On the Indian Road Lawn: Indian Road & 218th Street).

When: Every Tuesday starting June 21st until August 27th, 2014.

Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact number: 212-569-4112

Contact email: [email protected]

For information on the hosts:

  1. BreadandYoga.com
  2. NorthernManhattanParks.org
  3. BreadandYogaFacebook

Bread and Yoga offer classes in their studio year round.


In Washington Heights:

Sunset Yoga

“Practice yoga overlooking the beautiful Hudson River with a variety of certified local yoga instructors while basking in the glow of the setting sun. Arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat and water.”

Hosted by Northern Manhattan Parks and Fort Tryon Park Trust

Where: Fort Tryon Park (Abby’s Lawn)

When: Every Wednesday starting June 18th and ending August 27th 2014.

Time: 6:45-8:00 pm.

Cost: Free

 Note (from Fort Tryon Park Trust): Abby’s Lawn is slightly sloped and there are some uneven spots.  Rain or wet ground cancels.

For exact google directions on location of Abby’s Lawn click: Here. (I don’t understand directions like that so I will just be calling the studio to get the info).

More info and Map a whole map of the park click: Here

Ok, if you looked at the maps above and still don’t get it maybe it might be easier to find the info on their facebook page or call. Info below:

Contact number: (212) 795-1388

Contact Email: i[email protected]

For information on the hosts:

  1. Fort Tryon Park Trust Facebook
  2. Fort Tryon Park Trust
  3. www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forttryonpark/

Parent and Child Yoga

Saturdays between 6/21/2014 and 8/9/2014.

Time: 9:00am-9:45am.

Fitness classes offered year round as well. The same organization also offers:

Fort Tryon Park Morning Fitness

Organized by Manhattan Parks, Fort Tryon Park Trust

“All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.”

Where: Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park (Cabrini Boulevard & Ft Washington Ave. Manhattan)

When: Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

Time: 7:30-8:30am

Cost: Free

Same contact info as above:

      1. Fort Tryon Park Trust Facebook
      2. Fort Tryon Park Trust
      3. www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forttryonpark/

In Inwood:

Next up is Basic Canoeing, I know, I’m throwing this one in for fun and character. I really want to go but I am not sure I will be in town. Oh how I’d like to try it or see my friends at it. I am sure it is great for biceps. Canoe at your own risk though. I’ve never done it. I am just sharing the info here. If I see you struggling as I sip a drink at the Dyckman Marina, it is not my fault.

Isn’t it cute to read Park Rangers as hosts! 🙂  They wear the hats and everything. I see Park Rangers on TV all the time.

Basic Canoeing

Hosted by: Urban Park Rangers

“Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City.”

“Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. Participation in a mandatory safety review led by a trained Ranger is required.”

Where: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan (Enter at 218th Street and Indian Road)

Directions to this location

When: Saturday, July 5, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact number: (212) 628-2345

Most canoe programs are first-come, first-serve. For ages 8 years old and up.


Swimming throughout the Five Boroughs

Though the HighBridge Pool in Washington Heights is getting remodeled, here are some others across the Boroughs that offer swimming lessons for adults, kids and tots!

The rest of the pools opened today.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/outdoor-pools


Shape up NY Free Program

“Shaping Up has never been this easy! Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.”

“Shape Up NYC is a FREE program. You do not need to be a member of a recreation center in order to attend a class, though you must bring a lock for classes held at recreation centers. You can search by location below, or browse the list of classes to find an activity or place that’s right for you!”

There are more than 40 locations across the city with classes in but not limited to Yoga, zumba, kickboxing.

For more info on those and to find classes near you, click here: http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc


Throughout the Five Boroughs. 

Meet Up NYC.

I love this because it is started up by people in any area of interest that want to connect with others that share common interests. I have found some fitness groups on the site. Meet up NYC is not government sponsored. A small donation might apply to join events.

I can’t wait to try these. If you have any info on more free Summer Fitness classes in Wahi, please share in the comments section below.

I hope to post about any activities I try out. Have a great fit Summer.

*Information in italics was taken directly from the respective websites for each institution