You made it to May! Yay, you! With spring here and a packed summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of everything this awesome city of ours has to offer—and take your workout outside. But don’t punish your wallet—check out these free May events.
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning
A New Yorker’s right to free outdoor yoga classes in summer kicks off Tuesday, May 3, thanks to Lululemon, who recruits top instructors—from Vira Yoga’s Holly Horvath 5/3 to Laughing Lotus’ Dana Flynn 5/24—and provides loaner mats. The free open-level, hour-long yoga classes are every Tuesday and Thursday in Bryant Park through September 29. Classes are weather permitting. Tuesday 10–11 a.m. on the Terrace. Thursday– 6–7 p.m. on the Lawn. www.bryantpark.org
Saturday, May 2
Who among us couldn’t stand to be a tad more goddess like? On Saturdays in April (except May 28), the JCC is offering free Dance Like a Goddess classes with Deborah Bailay as part of its Take A Chance Series. Dance Like a Goddess, 7:15–8:15 p.m., JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam, btwn 75th and 76th Sts., Upper West Side, www.jccmanhattan.org
Tuesday, May 3
New to yoga? Live in Queens? Tree of Life Yoga in Forest Hills is offering four, free beginner yoga classes every Tuesday morning in May. Introductory Gentle Yoga Classes, 9–10 a.m., Tree of Life Yoga, 102-6 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, Queens, www.genesistreeoflife.com
Sunday, May 8
Got kids? First off, Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration, check out this fitness event for the youngest New Yorkers. The American Ballet Theater is giving a free production of Cinderella, and subsequent ballet workshops for wee ones in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Mother’s Day American Ballet Worskshop, 12–2:45 p.m., Prospect Park Audubon Center at Lincoln Road/Ocean Ave. entrance, www.prospectpark.org
Sunday, May 15
Show off your veggie pride by partaking in the, well, Veggie Pride Parade. Costumes are welcome and, yes, this is an awesome opportunity to give peas a chance. Veggie Pride Parade, line up 11 a.m., start noon in Greenwich Village (parade goes to Union Square), for route info visit www.veggieprideparade.org
Or walk for AIDS! Registration for the annual AIDS walk is free, but the hope is that participants raise as much money as possible (the average walker raises around $275). AIDS Walk, 8:30 a.m. sign-in, 10 a.m. walk begins, Central Park, 59 St. and 5 Ave. entrance, for route info and registration visit www.aidswalk.net
Saturday, May 28
Before the regular Saturday morning run in Central Park with Lululemon Lincoln Square, attend a run lecture with vegan ultramarathoner Brendan Brazier (call the store for details: 212-712-1767), www.lululemon.com —Catherine Pearson
Did we miss some free city-wide wellness events? Share yours in the Comments area, below!