Bostonista Loves: Yoga Mania!

1216223512You’ve always had a mean downward dog (and super cute yoga pants), but this summer there are even more options around town for getting in touch with your inner yogi.

On Wednesday afternoons throughout July, from noon to 1 p.m., perfect your pyramid pose at free outdoor classes in Copley Square. Weather permitting, all are welcome to slap down a mat in front of Trinity Church. Plus, participants can enter to win a year’s supply of SmartWater, a $100 Shaw’s gift card, and a $100 gift card to Back Bay Yoga Studio. (To sign up for this week’s class, drop a line to

If you can’t cut out of work to make it to Copley midday, channel some inner peace at MIT’s free meditative yoga classes on Thursday evenings. For those especially interested in learning about the religious texts that inspired the art of yoga, classes on the Bhagavad-Gita follow each session, complete with free vegetarian dinner.

By the time September rolls around, you’ll be a pro when it comes to the Lizard Pose and Warrior III. On Aug. 3, take advantage of the Boston Yoga Health Festival, when it hits the Hub as part of its 10-city tour. At $88, tickets are pricey, but that VIP price buys access, with preferred seating, to a full day of classes taught by acclaimed instructors from across the country. Plus, it will benefit the Youth Health Alliance, so you can breathe easy while learning to breathe easy.

–Lisa Lombardi