Zoo Yoga

Looking for a new exercise routine and a cool experience? Join a yoga class at the Minnesota Zoo to expand your wellness practice, change-up your workout, and try something different. We offer both virtual and in-person yoga classes. So get ready to practice your best animal poses, stretch, and relax while enjoying the Zoo.

These classes are perfect for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

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Register for a single class or all the classes in one series to receive a discount.

Naturally Wild Yoga! (virtual and in-person)

Join us at the Minnesota Zoo or from the comfort of your own home for Naturally Wild Yoga. On Wednesday mornings, your yoga instructor will be teaching a combined virtual and in-person yoga class from around the Zoo. Each series will highlight a different animal or trail. For virtual attendees, classes use Zoom as the online platform.

Can’t make it Wednesday mornings? Want to take this class on your own schedule? Each class will be recorded and the link shared with all participants. So your registration is good for one in-person or virtual class, and a recording of the class to enjoy whenever you wish during that week.


The Minnesota Zoo’s yoga programs won Gold by the Star Tribune for Best Yoga in Minnesota for 2022 and 2023.

The Minnesota Zoo’s virtual yoga was named in April 2021 by the Mpls St. Paul Magazine as one of the best Fun and Games activities in the Twin Cities.

Spring Season–Series 2 (virtual or in-person)

Location: Tiger Overlook*
May 15
May 22
May 29
June 5
June 12
June 26

Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Fee:
Virtual and In-person:
• Members: $11/class OR $60/6-week series ($10/class)
• Non-members: $15/class OR $84/6-week series ($14/class)
If you want to visit the Zoo after a class, you must purchase a separate Zoo admission ticket online.

*Animals are tentative and may change based on their willingness to participate, weather, and other Zoo operational activities.

Summer Season–Series 1 (virtual or in-person)

Location: Treetop Trail - Moose Landing*
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14

Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Fee:
Virtual and In-person:
• Members: $11/class OR $60/6-week series ($10/class)
• Non-members: $15/class OR $84/6-week series ($14/class)
If you want to visit the Zoo after a class, you must purchase a separate Zoo admission ticket online.

*Animals are tentative and may change based on their willingness to participate, weather, and other Zoo operational activities.

Moonlight Yoga (in person, outdoors)

The moon and stars provide an amazingly, unique atmosphere for you to practice your yoga in nature. Join us as we tap into the peace and quiet of the Zoo at night, while enjoying the celestial light from our magnificent moon and spectacular stars. Pose, stretch, and relax with a certified yoga instructor while expanding your wellness practice, changing-up your workout routine, or just trying something new.

These classes are perfect for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.


The Minnesota Zoo’s yoga programs won Gold by the Star Tribune for Best Yoga in Minnesota for 2022 and 2023.

2024 Schedule

All classes are Sunday evenings—starting approximately 30 minutes before sunset.

Date: April 21
Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Entrance Hill**
Pink Moon


Date: May 19
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Treetop Trail**
Flower Moon


Date: June 23
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Strawberry Moon


Date: July 21
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Buck Moon


Date: August 18
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Sturgeon Moon


Date: September 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Treetop Trail**
Harvest/Corn Moon


Date: October 13
Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Main Entrance Hill**
Hunter's Moon

Ages: 13 and up
Fee:
• Members: $15/class OR $91/7-week series ($13/class)
• Non-members: $20/class OR $126/7-week series ($18/class)
• If you want to visit the Zoo before a class, you must purchase a separate Zoo admission ticket online.

**Locations may change due to animal safety, guest safety, or Zoo operational needs.

In case of inclement weather, you will be notified if classes will be cancelled and a refund will be given.

Yoga Instructor

Michelle Darsow has been practicing yoga for 14 years, and teaching for 12. She started taking yoga classes for the fitness part of it. As her journey continued, she realized how much it helped her mind and spirit. She credits yoga for helping her recover from breast cancer in 2015. Her training was completed through YogaFit and is currently deepening her yoga background by taking classes through the National Exercise Trainers Association. Most classes are a mix between Hatha (holding poses) and Vinyasa (flowing breath and body together).

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