Pack your yoga mat and escape to the coast of North Carolina, where the place (and the pose) help you feel centered. Lay out a mat on the sand, pier or park – or even in your own vacation rental – and find your flow. When you do, connect with nature by following the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, which help ensure you have the knowledge to protect North Carolina’s natural beauty so others can experience it in the same way.
Destinations you'll find in this article:
Island Retreat Spa and Salon on Bald Head Island | Longwave Yoga in Wilmington
Momentum Yoga and Wellness in Morehead City | Nauti Dog Brewing Co. in Winterville
NC Coastal Life on the Crystal Coast | Village Yoga in Duck
1 Island Retreat Spa and Salon
1 Island Retreat Spa and SalonBald Head IslandSee on map
Reached only by private boat or ferry, Bald Head Island in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands doesn’t allow cars, so slowing down and feeling centered is a part of the vibe here. Island Retreat Spa and Salon (the island’s only professional yoga, Pilates and barre studio) offers beach yoga classes plus popular outdoor barre classes on its deck. To balance your getaway with a little more relaxation, sign up for the Yoga & Mimosas on the Deck class.
2 Longwave Yoga
2 Longwave YogaWilmingtonSee on map
Just as Wilmington offers an eclectic range of experiences, Longwave Yoga matches that with all sorts of varied outdoor yoga opportunities. The Seaside Yoga series at Wrightsville Beach takes place on Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s seaside lawn amid lush gardens and salty air. They also team up with Airlie Gardens for a Yoga in the Garden series, which typically kicks off on Earth Day. Plus, when the water warms up in the spring, Longwave Yoga works with Wrightsville SUP to offer stand-up paddleboard yoga. For pier yoga, check out Wilmington Yoga Center.
3 Momentum Yoga & Wellness
3 Momentum Yoga & WellnessMorehead CitySee on map
Momentum Yoga & Wellness in Morehead City offers two types of outdoor yoga classes in addition to a wealth of indoor classes: SUP yoga on the Crystal Coast and its alluring blue waters, plus beach yoga. Momentum also offers specials for those visiting for just a week or only the summer.
4 Nauti Dog Brewing Co.
4 Nauti Dog Brewing Co.WintervilleSee on map
With warmer weather comes Pints & Poses at Nauti Dog Brewing Co., which is an ideal class for learning new poses – and then toasting those accomplishments. Held on select Saturdays, the cost of each class includes a pint of one of Nauti Dog’s unique and varied beers like the blackberry sour or milkshake IPA. While in the area, pick up a PassPork and sample more beer (plus barbecue) on Pitt County’s Brew & ‘Cue Trail.
5 NC Coastal Life
5 NC Coastal LifeCrystal CoastSee on map
The instructors at NC Coastal Life are passionate about yoga, and along with teaching indoor studio yoga, they hit the road along the Crystal Coast for outdoor beach yoga, including both sunrise and sunset classes. For a more intimate setting, opt for a private or semiprivate class and take your pick of possible backdrops, including vacation rentals, the beach, parks and many other natural settings.
6 Village Yoga
6 Village YogaDuckSee on map
Village Yoga in Duck takes the beauty – and difficulty – up a notch with its stand-up paddleboard yoga classes on the Currituck Sound. Each 75-minute class includes all the necessary equipment, and preregistration is required. The studio, which is located in Duck’s bustling Waterfront Shops, also offers yoga retreats, private beach yoga sessions and more. Post-class swims are highly recommended.