(Photos courtesy of Mat Collective)
What could be better? Free yoga outside on a beautiful summer day. Love it!
Have you heard of Mat Collective? If you haven’t, you need to check them out. They host free outdoor yoga at least once a day, in several different spots around the city. They accept tips to help keep the program going, but they’re completely optional, and they don’t make you feel forced to give anything. If you can and you want to, go for it, if you just want to enjoy some yoga, that’s totally cool too. How awesome.
- Kits Beach (above the dog park, at 1015 Maple St)
- Riley Park (across from Nat Bailey)
- Granville Island (1404 Anderson St, at the fork in the road where there used to be a bunch of parking)
- Robson Square (800 Robson St)
- 520 E 1st Ave @Emily Carr’s Wilson Arts Plaza (in East Van)
Below is an image from their Kits Beach spot:
The weekend is almost here! Just a quick reminder that our classes all run as normal over the long weekend 🇨🇦 Here is the full line up starting with Friday! Friday ❤ 9am Yin Yang with @kristin_knapp at Kits Beach 7pm Hatha Flow with Kanwar at Kits Beach Saturday 💖 11am Hatha with @kirsten_a_w at Main St 1pm Flow with @patriciakimbodymind at Kits Beach Sunday 💛 11am with Claire at Main St 1pm with @annieyinflow at Kits Beach Monday 💜 9am Flow with @sandragon21 at Kits Beach 6pm Hatha Flow with @krystalsoong at Main St 7pm Hatha Flow with @becca_why Which class are you going to? Tell us in the comments 👇
They offer a mix of hatha, flow, power, and yin. The classes are typically around 9 or 10am and 6 or 7pm, but they also offer some lunchtime classes. I highly recommend taking a class at Kits Beach (above the dog park area) – it’s such a great view, and the breeze off the water is lovely.
Mat Collective is a nonprofit organization that was created by Rebecca Holgate and Selina Pechlaner. They also recycle used yoga mats, how cool. I’ve seen a lot of old mats get thrown away so it’s nice to see they’re doing something for the environment. You can rent or buy them, and obviously bring them your old ones!
If you’re a yoga instructor they offer volunteer teaching positions. This is a great way to build your hours if you’re new to teaching, or to help promote your brand in the community.
Classes run rain or shine (though obviously they cancel if it’s pretty crummy out), so come join while the weather’s great!
Downtown Hatha Flow tonight is with @krystalsoong 💜 come laugh a little! After tonight, the next four week’s of downtown classes are taught by either @sandragon21 or @jajewel42! Check our live schedule for which Tuesday. We’re also FILMING again 🎥 with the amazing @pebblestudiovancouver @sowedding on August 14th downtown. You won’t want to miss this class! We’re so grateful for #VIVAVancouver and the @cityofvancouver for bringing these downtown classes to life 💚