10 Things You Need To Know About The USNWC Yoga Series
May 09, 2018
This post is brought to you in partnership with U.S. National Whitewater Center. All opinions are our own.
What do you get when you put together fresh air, beautiful scenery, twinkle lights, and relaxation? The U.S. National Whitewater Center yoga series!
From May through October, you can take part in more than 270 yoga practices in the great outdoors. No matter your preferred style of class or skill level, there's something for everybody. So the next time you're looking to spice up your brewery yoga routine, check out what's happening at the USNWC.
We tried out a Saturday morning Power Flow class, so we could tell you everything you need to know before you go. Read on to learn more.
1. The USNWC offers nine different classes each week.
With nine classes a week, there is a class style and time for everyone. Each class is an hour long and includes modifications to accommodate everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. In addition to below, the class schedule can be found here.
- Monday: All Levels Flow at 9:30 AM
- Tuesday: All Levels Flow at 9:30AM & Slow Flow at 6:30 PM
- Thursday: Slow Flow at 9:30 AM & All Levels Flow at 6:30 PM
- Friday: Slow Flow at 6:30 PM
- Saturday: Morning Power Flow at 9:30 AM & All Levels Flow 11 AM
- Sunday: Fun Flow at 11 PM
2. The classes are FREE.
You heard right — every USNWC yoga class is free! If that's not a reason to try one of their classes, we're not sure what is.
Please note that while the class itself is free, you do have to pay the $6 parking fee (or purchase an annual parking pass for $50).
3. Plan to get there early.
Since the class is free and it's located in such an amazing space, it's no surprise that it fills up quickly. We recommend getting to class 15-20 minutes early to snag a spot, especially if you're going with a group of people.
4. You can find out who's leading the class on Facebook.
If you want to see who is teaching the class prior to heading getting there, you can find out on the U.S. National Whitewater Center's Facebook page. The USNWC will be partnering with local yoga studios throughout the series, so be sure to keep a look out for your favorite Charlotte-area instructor!
5. The class takes place at the South Ridge.
Whether you frequent the USNWC or it's your first time, it can be overwhelming to navigate the facilities if you don't know where to go. The South Ridge is located near the Raft Pavilion and Kayak Center, so it's best to use the entrance closet to those, rather than heading for the main entrance. To find out more about where to go, check out the map listed on their website.
6. It's a good idea to bring bug spray.
After all, you're in the woods. Depending on the weather and the time of year, it'd be smart to pack bug spray. Nothing ruins a good flow like mosquitos biting your ankles.
7. You might want to leave your best yoga mat at home.
While the class does takes places on the decks at the South Ridge, it's not guaranteed to be the cleanest place to lay your yoga mat. You're still outdoors, after all! We recommend bringing a mat that you don't mind getting dirty. Or if you need one, yoga mats are available to be checked out or purchased at the USNWC by visiting a retail sales associate at Outfitters.
Pro tip: if you only have one mat and it gets a little dirty, check out our blog post to learn how to clean your dirty yoga mat.
8. You'll need to get cozy.
Since the class fills up, the instructors will encourage you to lay your mats pretty close to one another to allow space for all yogis. It's the perfect opportunity to make a new friend!
9. It's a great spot for a friend date.
Whether you're looking for some mid-week relaxation or a flow before weekend brunch, these classes are a great reason to get together with friends. You can even plan to stick around the USNWC to grab a beer or a bite after class at their biergarten or restaurant.
10. Be ready to 'gram it.
The space is amazing! Between the gorgeous greenery and the twinkle lights, you'll want to snap a photo (or two or three).
Are you ready to flow at the USNWC Yoga Series?
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