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 or in-person 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.

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.

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

Animals: Gibbon Habitat*
February 8
February 15 (MN Lodge)
February 22
March 1
March 8
March 15

Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Fee:
Virtual:
• Members: $6/class OR $30/6-week series ($5/class)
• Non-members: $8/class OR $42/6-week series ($7/class)
In-person:
• Members: $9/class OR $48/6-week series ($8/class)
• Non-members: $12/class OR $66/6-week series ($11/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.

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

Animals: Monk Seal Habitat*
April 5
April 12
April 19
April 26
May 3
May 10

Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Fee:
Virtual:
• Members: $6/class OR $30/6-week series ($5/class)
• Non-members: $8/class OR $42/6-week series ($7/class)
In-person:
• Members: $9/class OR $48/6-week series ($8/class)
• Non-members: $12/class OR $66/6-week series ($11/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.

Sneak Peek for Spring Season - Series 2: Tiger Habitat

Moonlight Yoga (in person)

The moon and stars provide an amazingly, unique atmosphere for you to practice your yoga. 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.

2023 Schedule

Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Entrance Hill**
Pink Moon


Date: Friday, May 5, 2023
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Location: Farm**
Flower Moon


Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Strawberry Moon


Date: Friday, July 7, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Buck Moon


Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Llama Trek**
Sturgeon Moon


Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Farm**
Blue Moon


Date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location:Main Entrance Hill**
Corn 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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