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Museums, Churches, Bars and 5 More Offbeat Workout Spaces

No matter how much you love your local gym, sometimes a change of scenery is both nice and motivating. You may even feel inspired to exercise for longer and harder in a new setting, especially if it has a cool backstory, like these eight out-of-the-box, very non-traditional places to break a sweat across the U.S.

1. A MORNING AT THE MUSEUM

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

What: Contemporary dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company teamed up with and writer/illustrator Maira Kalman to create an exercise experience called the Museum Workout at the world-famous Met, which houses 5,000-plus years of iconic art. Wearing sequined dresses and tennis shoes, Barnes and dance partner Anna Bass take an intimate group of participants on a physical and interactive journey through the 137-year-old establishment located in Central Park. The 45-minute dance-cardio workout moves to the soundtrack of Kalman’s voice blended with disco and Motown hits.

When: Available on select Thursdays, January through March, at 8:30 a.m. before the museum opens to the public. The $ 35 tickets, which include admission to the museum for the rest of the day, are sold out for now, but check the website to see if they extend this popular program into the spring.

2. TAKE ME TO CHURCH

Where: Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

What: Vibrant yoga mats fill the aisles, alter and indoor labyrinth at this historically progressive Episcopal church — the country’s third-largest — in the heart of the city. Led by hatha flow and restorative yoga instructor Darren Main, the weekly practice begins with a brief reflection from a clergyman and is accompanied by live music. Hundreds of locals and travelers of all ages and abilities attend each week.

When: Every Tuesdays from 6:15–7:30 p.m., except in December. Class is free, but a $ 10–$ 20 donation is suggested. See the website for details.

3. POSES AND PINTS

Where: Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver

What: This 23-year-old brewery is as serious about its craft brews as it is about keeping its community hoppy, er, happy. Which is why since 2013 it has invited CorePower Yoga to host a free weekly class in its production facility on Brighton Boulevard. With a live DJ spinning in the background, a yoga instructor leads all levels in a highly physical, hourlong flow (prepare to sweat) to help students earn their booze after class at the brewery’s Barrel Bar.

When: The first Wednesday of every month. Starts at 6 p.m. sharp, so arrive early. Click here for more info.

4. YOGA IN THE SKY

Where: The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas

What: Take your practice to new heights on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel standing at 550 feet above the Strip at the LINQ Promenade. The ferris wheel, which debuted last spring, features 28 glass-enclosed spherical cabins that hold up to 40 people. During a 60-minute session in one of these cabins, a certified yoga instructor from Silent Savasana will guide up to six students through a sequence as the wheel completes two rotations (30 minutes each). Each participant wears a cool LED headset to hear the instructor’s voice, which is accompanied by a tranquil playlist.

When: Classes are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Cost is $ 75 per person for a small group class; the ride alone starts at $ 28. Call 702-322-0593, or email at least 24 hours in advance.

5. HELLO DALI

Where: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida

What: Bend your body and your mind at the Dali Museum, featuring the legendary artist, Salvador Dali’s, celebrated works, which includes more than 2,000 pieces from his entire career. An instructor from Lucky Cat Yoga teaches vinyasa and meditation to all levels in either in the Raymond James Community Room or outside in the Avant-garden (both offer stunning views of Tampa Bay). Each session captures Dali’s electric physical, mental and spiritual energy, which you can pour into your own practice.

When: Every Sunday morning from 10:30–11:45 a.m. throughout the year. Costs $ 10 members and students or $ 15 non-members. Click here for more info.

6. A DIVINE PRACTICE

Where: The Refectory at The High Line Hotel in Manhattan

What: Rumor has it, the historic Refectory is one of the most beautiful rooms in all of NYC. When you stop by the sacred 3,300-plus square foot space — it was once part of the General Theological Seminary built in 1895 — you can easily see why. Count your blessings on the mat as part of The High Line Hotel’s free, three-part yoga series, which was offered here last fall to all — hotel guests, locals and travelers alike. The series was such a hit, it will likely return this summer.

When: Dates vary, so send an email to be notified of upcoming classes.

7. HAPPY HOUR YOGA

Where: Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami

What: Come for the yoga, then say “namaste and have a pint” at the two-year-old Concrete Beach Brewery, which has partnered with Love Life Wellness Center to offer beginner-friendly yoga classes within the heart of the Wynwood Art District. Pints are $ 4 for participants and stay that low for the rest of the night.

When: The second Wednesday of every month. The free class takes place from 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

8. FLEX FOR FLIPPER

Where: Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas

What: Usually, people gather to watch these highly intelligent sea creatures perform cool tricks for their entertainment. The Mirage, however, flips the script, inviting humans to put on a show for these sweet swimmers. Sign up for a soothing one-hour morning yoga class, which takes place right in front of the underwater viewing area where curious bottlenose dolphins can voyeuristically watch you attempt new poses.

When: Available Friday through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for $ 50 per person, which includes a post-class smoothie and full access to the spa facility for the day. To book a session, call 702-791-7472. Click here for more info.


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