Some yoga classes to check out in KC this summer
An increasing number of classes offer yogis (and the yoga-curious) the opportunity to stretch their limbs and find their center outside the studio. Here are a few to check out this summer.
Rooftop Beer Yoga
HopCat, 401 Westport
Second and fourth Sunday of the month
HopCat’s Westport rooftop bar transforms into a den of downward-dog serenity for an hour, rain or shine (the cabana is enclosed). Bonus: they give you a free Boulevard Easy Sport Ale afterward. Visit hopcat.com for more info.
Whiskers Cat Cafe, 3705 Southwest Trafficway
Tuesdays and Fridays
The midtown “cat cafe” offers one-hour yoga sessions followed by 30 minutes of playtime with the adoptable felines that reside there. Be prepared for much purring and the occasional case of “the zoomies.” More at whiskerskc.com.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer
June 18, 27; July 2, 9, 16, 25, 30; August 6, 8, 13
This Overland Park farmstead hosts outdoor classes in the evenings for those interested in deep breathing near goats. “The goats are curious and will chew and climb on almost anything,” we’re told. Learn more at opkansas.org.
Yoga on the Lawn
Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Parkway
Wednesdays at 7:30, through Aug. 7
This free class is held on the south end of Ward Parkway Center, near the new development that includes Smitty’s Garage — which offers a half-priced drink to attendees after all the stretching’s done.
Yoga in the Park
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak
A rotating cast of yoga teachers leads this weekly outdoor session on the museum’s south lawn. Class times and more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/yogaintheparkkc/about/.
Heartland Yoga Festival
For the dedicated yogi, the Heartland Yoga Festival — founded by Lauren Leduc of Karma Tribe Yoga and Angela Cronk of Hagoyah — offers two days of yoga exploration featuring workshops, classes, and vendors. Learn more at heartlandyogafest.com.
Yoga Flow at the Pool
The Fontaine, 901 West 48th Place
June 9, 16; July 14, 21; Aug. 11,18
Check in to the rooftop bar of the Plaza hotel on the second and third Sundays of the month for poolside yoga. (The other summer Sundays offer free barre and pilates.) Follow the Fontaine on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFontaineHotel for updates and info.