Summer is a time where the days get longer, the temperature gets warmer and the yoga classes get more creative. From outdoor yoga, animal yoga and even water yoga there’s something for every studio to heat up the fun this summer.

Om Yoga gets creative in the summer by offering Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga.

They have been offering the class for the past eight years. The class begins with a paddle board instructor giving a 15-minute introduction on how to use the paddle boards as well as safety tips.

Om requires those participating to have a basic level of yoga practice and strong swimming skills in case a participant falls into the water. The paddle boards make relatively easy poses more challenging because of the moving mat. 

The high-energy, non-traditional class brings together yogis, fitness junkies and outdoorsy people to create community focusing on moving while soaking-up the summer sun. 

If yoga on the water isn’t practical for your studio, read below more creative summer classes to inspire your flow this summer. 

Fireside Yoga

Laura Loewy, the founder of Backcountry Yoga, offers a monthly series of fireside yoga in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The class is designed to unplug, unwind and let nature renew people’s sense of wonder and joy. Each class will follow by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. The class is for all levels. 

Summer of Self-Love

Yoga instructor Maritza Puello is hosting a summer of self-love in Central Park, New York. Every Tuesday she will have slow flow yoga that focuses on self-compassion followed by a 10-minute meditation. Every Thursday she will offer an hour-long meditation that is also centered around self-compassion. The classes will run from the first week of June to the last week of September.

Doga

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is hosting yoga with dogs, or as they like to call it, “Doga.” An outdoor yoga class will be led by Downward Drinking Dog. Following the flow there will be a DIY dog toy stations, tree trail mix bars by REI, and cold brews from Sufferfest Beer company, Boochcraft, Deep Eddy Vodka and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 

Yoga on the Rocks 

The Red Rocks Amphitheater, just outside of Denver Colorado, is opening up its venue for Saturday morning yoga during the summer. Classes begin at 7 a.m. and will be taught by yoga instructors from The River and CorePower Yoga. Vendors will be available after the class selling treats, or yogis can stick around for amazing photo ops.