Here’s How to Get Your Yoga Fix at One of the Bay Area’s Parks

Yoga instructor and teacher Rocky Heron (photo courtesy of Rocky Heron)

Dedicated yogis all over the Bay Area are itching to get back to their in-studio practices, but as things start to slowly open up again, there is still some understandable anxiety around being in a closed space with others. The next best thing? Outdoor yoga, of course.


NPK Yoga specializes in socially distanced outdoor yoga paired with hiking ($20 per class). Class location and dates vary, so check the website, but rotating venues include Baker Beach, Rodeo Beach, Muir Beach and China Camp State Park. Depending on the locale, the 90-minute session includes a round-trip hike followed by an hour of yoga. At others, it entails a hike with a stop at an overlook to practice yoga, and then a hike back to the starting point. Either way, it sounds like an invigorating way to spend a Saturday morning.


In San Francisco, Outdoor Yoga SF is run by Julie Aiello, with classes taking place on Baker Beach. There are two types of 75-minute classes ($25 per class) — power vinyasa and all-levels vinyasa — where participants are given headphones to help them focus while they practice. Don’t worry, you can still hear the sound of the waves while you vinyasa.


Still feeling like at-home yoga is the safest bet? Switch up your normal yoga practice with internationally acclaimed yogi Rocky Heron. Born in the Bay Area to a celebrated reggae artist and an alternative-medicine woman, Heron uses an amalgamation of styles and modalities fine-tuned to keep you engaged and coming back for more. His classes are available online at MazeOn Yoga, Glo, YogaGirl and on YouTube (check his website for more class info).