National Yoga Month is even more exciting this year. According to a recent report from Yoga Alliance, 36.7 million Americans or 15 percent of U.S. adults actively practice yoga. That's a huge jump from the 20.4 million yogis in 2012, and a lot more eager yogis to fit in studios. That's not a problem at all for classes with outdoor space and pleasant weather. Since yoga is even better al fresco (at least in my personal opinion), it comes as no surprise that 81 percent of yoga practitioners have done their posing outside of the studio in the last year. Loews Hotels, a long-time advocate for healthy travel, is encouraging guests to shake loose from the studio, fill their lungs with fresh air, and see how engrossing outdoor yoga can be at the brand's iconic West Coast properties with these enticing classes:
- Helipad Yoga at Loews Hollywood Hotel - Take yoga to new heights! Offered in partnership with onsite Exhale Spa, Helipad Yoga takes place 20 stories up on the hotel rooftop overlooking the famed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, with 360-degree views of greater Los Angeles and the iconic Hollywood Sign. The class is $15 for hotel guests and $25 for visitors and includes access to Exhale Spa.
- Muscle Beach Yoga at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel - Move over, muscleheads - it's yoga time! Offered by the recently renovated hotel at the birthplace of the modern physical fitness boom, just steps from the Pacific Ocean and iconic Santa Monica Pier, Muscle Beach Yoga is designed to strengthen the body, calm the mind, lower stress, and improve concentration. Complimentary for hotel guests, the $25 class also grants access to Ocean Spa for post-posing pampering.
- Dock Yoga at Loews Coronado Bay Resort - Yogis can drink in the sparkling beauty of Coronado Bay, San Diego and the Pacific beyond with Dock Yoga (complimentary for hotel guests; $10 for visitors). Designed to relax with a flow of movements, breathing exercises and light meditation, sessions encourage physical, mental and spiritual connections within the eye-catching setting of the resort Marina.
- Sky Deck Yoga at Loews Regency San Francisco - Enjoy weekly yoga sessions on the stunning 40th-floor Sky Deck of Loews Regency San Francisco. Created in partnership with Wheel House, one of San Francisco's most innovate yoga studios, Sky Deck Yoga ($30) revitalizes minds and bodies high above the City by the Bay surrounded by stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid and Alcatraz Island. The incredibly personalized, 75-minute offering is open to just 20 participants per class, with two sessions taking place simultaneously on either side of the Sky Deck.