Top Outdoor Summer Yoga Spots

One of our favorite things about Charlotte in the summertime is outdoor yoga class! NC Yoga Bar pops-up every Tuesday evening at 6:30 at possibly the most beautiful and enchanting yoga spot anywhere – The McGill Rose Garden. 

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The McGill Rose Garden is quite romantic! It seems that Henry and Helen McGill bought the land, formerly a coal yard, back in the 50s. Mrs. McGill planted rose bushes to spruce up the not so pretty location and became known as “the rose lady.” After she passed away in 1985, her husband continued to maintain the garden, selling it to the City of Charlotte in the 70s as part of an initiative to preserve green space in the city. In memory of his wife, Henry meticulously maintained the garden until he died at the age of 103 twenty years ago. 

Yoga class takes place just inside the garden gates, among the 500-plus rose bushes and beside an historic coal car that sits on a small section of the remaining railroad track. We practice our warrior and pigeon poses under the watchful eye of Rosie, a long-time Garden resident.

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Even though the Garden does not serve beer, we still think of Tuesday nights as beer yoga since the Birdsong Brewing taproom, a quick ½ block walk away, offers a complementary brew to NC Yoga Bar yogis. Yoga, beer, roses and cute cats in NoDa. A perfect summer evening!


NC Yoga Bar’s membership program, the #ncyogabarpassport, offers class passports for as low as $5 per class. Surprise perks for passport members include free classes, t-shirt give-aways and discounts. Non-member drop-in classes are typically $10. NC Yoga Bar  is a locally-owned, family business that presents an affordable, convenient alternative to traditional yoga classes by popping up where yoga-lovers already are. Boasting an ever-changing weekly list of yoga and fitness options, NC Yoga Bar holds classes at interesting and distinctive spots in and around Charlotte.

The McGill Rose Garden (, Charlotte’s hidden historic gem, is tucked away on the edge of uptown and the NoDa Arts District at 940 N. Davidson St. in Charlotte, 28206. The enchanting garden features more than 500 rose bushes in a professionally landscaped 2-acre space, and is a favorite wedding venue for in-the-know Charlotteans. 

The Birdsong Brewing taproom (, is located at 1016 N. Davidson St. in Charlotte, 28206. Birdsong is a successful locally-owned and operated craft brewery and a long-time partner and great friend of NC Yoga Bar. The brewery has on tap freshly crafted brews, straight from the source, poured in a friendly, welcoming environment. 

Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. from May through October, NC Yoga Bar partners with McGill and Birdsong for a vinyasa flow class, followed by a complementary beer.