Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that incorporates meditation, breath control and specific body postures. When weather permits, outdoor yoga can help you feel even more centered and connected with nature. Whether you’re doing Downward Facing Dog for the first time or you’re a long-time yoga participant, outdoor yoga provides an exhilarating, uplifting experience. From Gasworks to Golden Gardens and from St. Edward State Park to the Olympic Sculpture Park, these are the best places for outdoor yoga in Seattle.
Gasworks Park 
2143 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov/parks

Located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Gasworks Park abuts Lake Union’s north shore and offer stunning views of Seattle from dawn to dusk. The park, which is flanked by the Burke-Gilman Trail, is a 19-acre urban oasis that Seattleites have been visiting since 1975. Sitting atop the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company plant, this unusual park has numerous areas to participate in outdoor activities, including yoga. Whether you’re perfecting your sun salutation at dawn or your final relaxation pose at dusk, Gasworks Park is a picturesque spot.

St. Edward State Park 
14445 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
(425) 823-2992
www.parks.wa.gov

With more than 300 rolling, wooded acres, St. Edward State Park has been a Seattle-area favorite since it was founded in 1978. The park features 3,000 feet of shoreline along Lake Washington, providing opportunities to view wildlife including otters, bald eagles and other marine animals. The park’s dense forest canopy of Western Hemlock, Douglas fir, Cedar and Bigleaf Maple trees provide ample cover for outdoor activities — including outdoor yoga — year-round. With varied terrain and plenty of wide open spaces, St. Edward State Park offers opportunities for individuals and groups alike to participate in outdoor yoga sessions.

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 654-3100
www.seattleartmuseum.org

First opened in 2007, Olympic Sculpture Park is a stunning array of sculptures made of bronze, steel, wood, fiberglass and even living plants. Olympic Sculpture Park is considered to be one of the only “green” spaces in downtown Seattle and even received the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association “Top Restored Beach Award” in 2008. This contemporary nine-acre park features an expansive amphitheater for outdoor yoga. During rainy days, yoga participants can shelter in the park’s adjacent pavilion.

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Golden Gardens 
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Golden Gardens has been a Seattle-area favorite for outdoor activities for more than 100 years. The park’s lower portion includes the Puget Sound beachfront and marshland, rolling into dunes, trails and large grassy areas to take a picnic — or participate in outdoor yoga. Golden Gardens offers incomparable views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, which provides an ideal backdrop for outdoor yoga. While you’re perfecting your yoga poses you might catch a glimpse of eagles, Anna’s hummingbirds, sea lions, beavers or even red-eared slider turtles.

Washington Park Arboretum 
2300 Arboretum Drive E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 543-8800
www.depts.washington.edu

For more than 80 years, the Washington Park Arboretum has provided a welcome escape from city life. The Arboretum is located on the shores of Lake Washington and is a popular destination year-round. This gem within the city is a 230-acre botanical display featuring ponds, trails and flora that you won’t see anywhere else in the state. The thick canopy cover provides shelter from the sun and rain while wide open fields provide opportunities to practice yoga during more temperate weather.

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Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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