Hello Bend & Happy Monday! Today on the blog is Free Spirit! Located in the Old Mill, this unique twist on family fitness promotes play from all angles and ages! The Free Spirit facility boasts an incredible indoor kids play area where they host classes, camps, birthday parties and more! My kids ADORE the Ninja Warrior gym–the clean, bright and fully padded space is full of fun-filled movement activities including the famous kids ninja warrior course, rock climbing wall, huge red slide, adventure net bridge and lots more. They also host a large variety of adult yoga classes (ask about their pre- and post-natal classes and gatherings–they’re a staple in the Bend new-mama community)! They’ve adapted a lot of their class offerings due to COVID-19, and are offering sunset yoga on the Old Mill lawn, many outdoor yoga + fitness classes, and are live-streaming as well! Mom Pro Tip–I bring my laptop and work here while the kids play sometimes!
Owners Rachel & Seth Augustine embody yoga and fitness, and they’ve poured themselves into Free Spirit–and it’s obvious that the place is built and operated with love and care. Rachel is an Experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and a delightful instructor that teaches fun, creative, flowy yoga sequences. Seth’s classes are upbeat and focused, reminiscent of his many excursions like paddling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, or ascending peaks in the Andes of Peru. Their other instructors and employees are chosen carefully, and are beloved by the Bend community!
Free Spirit is becoming a staple in the Bend parents community with glowing reviews– “Amazing!!! My son absolutely loves the “ninja” play area and I had the best yoga session with Rachel. Highly (HIGHLY) recommend this place for parents and kids alike. The yoga class I took was flexible, tailored to my physical needs and a great experience. Rachel has incredible skills in teaching and I really appreciate that she took the time to help me reach new poses. The gym for kids is super clean, and my son keeps begging to go back. Go here – you’ll love it.”
Check out their information on renting their facility–appropriate for private kids birthday parties, private adult celebrations, corporate retreats and team building events.
7/11, 7/25, 8/08, 8/22: Kid’s Ninja Night:
It’s parent’s night out- finally! That’s right drop off your kids age 6 and older for up to 3 hours of fun in our super-rad indoor ninja warrior play space.
- Pre-registration: $20/Kid
- Day-of registration: $25/kid
7/11, 8/08: Sunset Vin + Yin Outdoor Yoga:
This special outdoor summer yoga event has the benefits of a vinyasa flow class as well as a restorative and introspective quality of a yin practice. Enjoy the view of the river and mountains and the fresh air around you as you quiet the mind through this balanced evening yoga practice! Leave class feeling strong and refreshed, while also relaxed and ready for a great night’s sleep. All levels welcome.
- 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
- Pre-Registration Required: $17
7/26: Outdoor Summer Family Yoga Event:
Bend Families, partner-up with your kids during this 45 min outdoor yoga class as we lead you through fun ways to practice yoga together as a family. Enjoy creative summer themed yoga sequences, partner poses, yoga games, and will learn relaxing breathing techniques. All Levels Welcome. Appropriate for kids ages 6 -12 plus adult.
- 10:30 am – 11:15 am
- Pre-Registration Required: $12 per duo
- $5 Each Additional Person
7/24, 8/21: Outdoor Vinyasa + Vino Women’s Event
The best combo ever – Yoga, Friends, Outdoor Beauty and Wine (or bubbly water). This monthly event is designed to help women feel good, get centered, and move mindfully with a fun flowing yoga practice and then have time to mingle outside with other ladies. All levels welcome and if you are pregnant don’t worry, our teachers can adjust the class for you and we will have non-alcoholic beverages. Adults over 21 only.
Event will be held on the grass between the bicycle rental shop and walking path in the Old Mill District. Participants are spaced 6 – 10 feet apart. Bring your own mat or large towel and any other yoga props you like for class.
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Pre-Registration Required: $20
7/29: Outdoor Mom + Baby Yoga Picnic:
Join other moms and babies (6 weeks – sitting: non-mobile babies only for safety reasons, please!) with this fun outdoor yoga and bonding event. This will take place under the shade of the Les Schwab Amphitheater stage during this special yoga class designed to tone, stretch and strengthen your body. Release tension, especially those achy back and shoulders areas, as well as strengthen abdominal and back muscles to reduce postpartum back pain. Spend quality time bonding with your baby while also hanging out with other moms with little ones! After a 1 hour yoga practice, sit together and mingle over picnic lunches. Please bring your own food and drink as well as a yoga mat and blankets, car seats or strollers for babies. We will be meeting on the stage, so only non-mobile babies please, to make sure babies are safe!
- 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
- Pre-Registration Required: $12
Playing in Central Oregon
As a mom to two rambunctious, wonderful, silly, active kiddos in Central Oregon, and I’m CONSTANTLY on the search for activities to keep them engaged, active, and playful! Free Spirit is high on our list as one of our very favorites in Bend! What are some of your favorites? Comment below with your favorite activities to keep your kids playful! Check out our Bend Kids page on the blog for more ideas to keep your kiddos active this summer!