Until Sunday, I had never been to Naples Botanical Garden for anything other than parties. (I know, shameful.) It was the promise of yoga in a lovely-sounding spot called the Caribbean Garden, beneath palm trees and a much-needed dose of vitamin D after too much time in the office lately, that finally drew me there. It wasn’t the most challenging class I’d ever taken, but a gentle flow practice in an amazing lakefront setting was just right for a Sunday morning.
Every Wednesday and Sunday through April, an instructor from Yoga House leads a Yoga in the Garden class at 10 a.m. for $10 plus Garden admission. After class, take a stroll through the various gardens, hang out in a hammock or stop for a bite (or mimosas) at Fogg Café, which boasts a garden-to-table-inspired menu that features a selection of veggies grown right on the premises.
Yoga in the Garden is just one option for taking your yoga practice outside of the studio. Here are a few other out-of-the-ordinary yoga classes in Southwest Florida to try:
A must-try for Southwest Floridians, yoga instructor Lauren Fox of Donation Yoga Naples leads weekly morning and sunset yoga practices on beaches around town, including Lowdermilk Park and 18th Avenue South in Naples. A donation of $10 (half of which is donated to a local charity) is well worth the clear mind you’ll leave with. See the full class schedule here.
Your practice becomes even more challenging when on the water! Naples Kayak Co. and Naples Outfitters offer Saturday morning classes at the Naples Greenway beginning at 8 a.m. Start with a 15-minute yoga warmup on the grass beside the launch, followed by a five-minute paddle to the lagoon and a 55-minute class, followed by a short tour of the Greenway and Gordon River. The cost is $35.50 per person, and online registration is required.
There’s only one place to practice hot yoga in Naples, and that’s (fittingly) at Hot Yoga Naples. Those who love it swear that practicing yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees helps you detox and focus far better than a regular workout.