Namaste all summer

9 cool and unique places to practice yoga in Fort Worth

9 cool and unique places to practice yoga in Fort Worth

Kimbell Art Museum yoga
Come for yoga, namaste for the art at the Kimbell. Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

Whether at sunrise or sunset, in a brewery or at a bowling alley, yoga classes abound around town this summer — and no gym membership is required to join the fun. Flow from down dog to up dog in some of the city’s most unique places, like the Fort Worth Stockyards, Sundance Square, and the Kimbell Art Museum. Or practice warrior pose on a stand-up paddleboard on the Trinity River. Many classes are free, and some of those with fees include an adult beverage (or three).

Here’s a list of non-traditional places where you can stretch, strengthen, and practice sun salutations all summer long.

Sunset Goat Yoga at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Giddy up with goat yoga on the lawn of the historic Livestock Exchange Building. The class is hosted every second Wednesday by instructors from Deep Ellum Yoga, who lead participants through a one-hour vinyasa flow session set to country music while friendly little goats frolic about. Yogis can cool off with a cold beer or glass of wine after class. Tickets are $38 per person and class begins at 7 pm. Arrive early for a pre-class lawn party, and don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat.

Wine Down Wednesday at Waterside
Every Wednesday in July, instructors from CERA host a free one-hour yoga class on the shady outdoor greenspace at Waterside. The class begins at 6 pm. Participants can then partake in an expanded happy hour at nearby Piattello Italian Kitchen, as well as $1 off wine at Taco Diner and the bar at Whole Foods Market.

Yoga in the Plaza
More than 100 or so yogis gather every other Saturday morning to strengthen and stretch in Sundance Square Plaza. The free one-hour class is hosted by the Amon G. Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA and all levels are welcome. Bring your own mat and water bottle. The next class is July 21 and begins at 9 am.

Yoga & Brunch at Pinstripes
Sip and Namaste a while for brunch, bowling, and bocce at Pinstripes, the new entertainment complex inside the Shops at Clearfork. Sunday morning sessions, hosted by CorePower Yoga, are held monthly at 9 am. The $5 class fee includes a complimentary mimosa, as well as $5 off Pinstripes’ Sunday brunch buffet (normally $22 per person). The brunch buffet is open from 10 am-2 pm. The next event is August 12.

Free Summer Yoga at The Trailhead at Clearfork
Soak up some summer sun at 9 am each Saturday on the lush lawn of the Trailhead at Clearfork along the Trinity River. The one-hour class is free and hosted by Indigo Yoga and the Amon G. Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, which alternate each week through early September. Bring your own mat and water bottle and stay for brunch at neighboring Press Café.

Soul Sundays: Yoga at the Kimbell
Be guided to mindfulness with slow flow movements in the natural light-filled Kimbell Art Museum. Instructors from SoulSpace Yoga Community host the one-hour class at 11 am on Sundays through August 5. The class is free, but registration is recommended as space is limited. Arrive 15 minutes early and bring your own yoga mat. Stay for discounted admission to the special exhibition From the Lands of Asia. The next class is July 22.

Yoga at Athleta
Each month, the University Park Village women’s apparel store features a “studio of the month” that hosts fitness classes onsite on select Saturdays. This month it’s CorePower Yoga, which will lead in-store classes on July 22 and 29 from 12-1 pm. Bring the little ones for kids’ yoga at 2 pm on July 21.

Brewery Yoga
Yogis can follow their poses with pints at nearly every brewery in town, thanks to a trend that’s still going strong. All breweries require participants to “B.Y.O. Mat.”

  • Wild Acre Brewing Company hosts monthly classes on Saturdays. The $15 fee includes the class, a pint glass, and two beers.
  • At HopFusion Ale Works, yoga is led by instructors from Urban Yoga on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 am. The $20 class fee includes a custom pint glass and three beers. The next class is July 14.
  • Martin House Brewing Company will host their next class July 14 at 12:30 pm, this time inside the newly expanded (and air-conditioned) taproom. The $20 fee includes the class, a pint glass, and three beers.
  • At The Collective Brewing Project, taproom manager and “beer yogini” Carly Taylor will teach a class on July 14 at 11:45 am. The $20 fee includes three beers. 

Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion
Every Sunday morning through September 2 (except July 29), instructors from Just Be Well Yoga will lead a 90-minute stand-up paddleboard yoga class on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. The class fee is $35 and includes all equipment rentals. Registration is required in advance.

For those who prefer to practice their poses on land, Indigo Yoga will host a free one-hour class on the Panther Island Pavilion waterfront stage at 11 am on Sundays, July 15 through August 26 (there will be no class August 5). The classes are a part of the pavilion’s Sunday Funday summer series, which includes kayak and canoe rentals, food trucks, beer, and music. Bring the kids for free PoserKids yoga at 11 am on August 5 and September 2.