Revisit Your Inner Peace Outside: Serene Yoga Destinations to Stay and Namaste

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:
Arts & Wellness of EdentonHatteras Yoga | Island Retreat Spa and Salon on Bald Head Island
Just Breathe Yoga Studio in North Topsail Beach | 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 Arts & Wellness of Edenton

Courthouse green in Edenton

1 Arts & Wellness of Edenton

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Practice your breathing in the “Prettiest Small Town in the South” with Arts & Wellness of Edenton. Its Yoga on the Green class meets at various times throughout the week across from the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the most intact Colonial courthouse in the country. All levels are welcome – just as all levels will appreciate the scenic bay as a backdrop.

2 Hatteras Yoga

Hatteras (Instagram: @hatterasyoga)

2 Hatteras Yoga

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Get back to: Beach Yoga | Outdoor Adventures | Vacation Rentals

At the southern end of the Outer Banks, Hatteras Yoga has two unique options for those looking to find their “om” outdoors: private beach sessions or poolside yoga at your own rental home. Rates are for one to three students, with a nominal fee for additional participants, and mats are happily provided. Tailored to individual or group needs, these private sessions are a great way to learn the basics and refine alignment.

3 Island Retreat Spa and Salon

Bald Head Island

3 Island Retreat Spa and Salon

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Get back to: Ferries | Health and Wellness | Outdoor Adventures

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.

4 Just Breathe Yoga Studio

North Topsail Beach

4 Just Breathe Yoga Studio

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Get back to: Beach Yoga | Outdoor Adventures | Swimming

Just Breathe Yoga Studio in North Topsail Beach offers a couple of different beach yoga options when the weather warms. On Wednesday mornings, the studio invites yogis for “high tides and good times” at the St. Regis Beach access and, from Friday to Sunday, morning yoga is held across from its studio at Roger’s Bay Beach access.

5 Longwave Yoga

Airlie Gardens

5 Longwave Yoga

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Get back to: Gardens | Piers | Waterfront Views

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.

6 Momentum Yoga & Wellness

Crystal Coast (Instagram: @thecrystalcoast)

6 Momentum Yoga & Wellness

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Get back to: Beach Yoga | Bird and Wildlife Viewing | Paddleboard Yoga

Momentum Yoga & Wellness in Morehead City teams up with Beaufort Paddle in neighboring Beaufort for their popular version of paddleboard yoga on the Crystal Coast and its alluring blue waters. Morning classes launch boards (moving yoga mats) at Beaufort Paddle and head over to the peaceful Rachel Carson Reserve. After the 45-minute class, everyone parks their boards on the beach and explores the reserve before heading back. Pro tip: Keep an eye out for the legendary wild horses that roam the islands.

7 Nauti Dog Brewing Co.

Nauti Dog Brewing Co. (Instagram: @nautidogbrewingco)

7 Nauti Dog Brewing Co.

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Get back to: Barbecue | Breweries | New Poses

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 the last Saturday of each month starting in spring, the cost of each class includes a pint of one of Nauti Dog’s unique and varied beers like the blackberry sour or New Zealand IPA. While in the area, pick up a PassPork and sample more beer (plus barbecue) on Pitt County’s Brew & ‘Cue Trail.

8 NC Coastal Life

Atlantic Beach

8 NC Coastal Life

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Get back to: Beach Yoga | Vacation Rentals | Waterfront Views

The instructors at NC Coastal Life are passionate about yoga, and along with teaching indoor studio yoga, they hit the road along 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.

9 Village Yoga

Currituck Sound (Instagram: @villageyoga)

9 Village Yoga

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Get back to: Paddleboard Yoga | Swimming | Waterfront Views

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.

 

Updated April 5, 2021
About the Author
Cele and Lynn Seldon

Cele and Lynn Seldon

Cele and Lynn Seldon are currently #midfiftiesgypsies, but they miss the sunsets and walks on the beach in Oak Island, where they basked in the North Carolina sunshine for 15 years.

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