Los Angeles, CA has a lot going for it—with sunny weather among its finest features. And there are plenty of scenic, outdoor spots to enjoy it—from expansive beaches to tree-lined hiking trails. Here are five places with plenty of room for your yoga mat, so you can get catch some vinyasas along with your vitamin D.
Boasting more than 4,300 acres, LA’s famed park offers lots of space to stretch out, including 53 miles of trails if you want to get some steps in pre- or post-yoga. The park is home to an equestrian center, observatory, zoo, and a plethora of grassy meadows to lay your mat down. Look for Ferndell, a nature museum and natural garden area complete with water features, gracious sycamores, and of course, ferns.
Getting there: There are several entrances. Ferndell is located near the Western Canyon entrance, off Red Oak Drive.
Runyon Canyon Park
Known as one of the see-and-be-seen spots in Hollywood, you might encounter a celeb or two—but folks enjoy Runyon for good reason: The trails are smooth and dog-friendly (ideal for evening jogs), and city views abound. There are shaded, grassy areas perfect for hosting a yoga mat, too—with regular free or donation-based classes if you want to limber up with company.
Getting there: The Vista Street and Fuller Avenue entrances are easy to find if you’re coming from the south.
Santa Monica State Beach
The old-timey roller coaster on the Santa Monica Pier is fun, but the two-mile beach surrounding it is hard to beat. Think soft sand—or plenty of packed, flat spots if that’s your preference, and there’s always room to stretch out. As an added bonus, you can ride a bike along the paved boardwalk post-practice, either up to Malibu or down to Manhattan Beach.
Getting there: Right off the Pacific Coast Highway, paid beach lots make it easy to park from sunrise to sunset.
It’s hard to imagine a grassy respite in the middle of downtown LA—but it exists, and it’s home to a large fountain, food trucks, and big-name performing arts events. The park can get busy due to its city nature, but there’s almost always six feet of your own, for your yoga mat. There are even free classes offered by local studios, usually held twice each week during lunch hours.
Getting there: Located just west of City Hall, you can get to Grand Park via public transportation or usually find parking on N. Broadway.
Parker Mesa Overlook
Hike up the Los Liones trail (a lush, single-track that winds through Topanga State Park) and you’ll find a small, packed dirt area to lay down your mat—with stellar views of the Santa Monica Bay. The trek itself is 3.5 miles at a moderate pitch, so you can earn the tranquility of that Tree Pose. Due to its size, Parker Mesa can get crowded, so plan to stretch out during weekdays or early in the day on weekends.
Getting there: Find the trailhead on Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.