Payne Whitney Gym

Located just a five minute walk from the Law School, Payne Whitney Gym contains training centers for crew, gymnastics, swimming, general exercise, recreational and varsity strength and conditioning, group fitness classes, and a state of the art fencing salon. Payne Whitney Gym is free to all Yale students, and memberships are available for purchase for student spouses.

Membership and Schedule Information

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Intramural Sports

Graduate-Professional Intramural Sports are managed by Payne Whitney Gym and are open to students, faculty and staff of the University. IM sports have four different seasons, and offer activities such as volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball and ultimate frisbee.  For more information, including details about registering a team, see the PWG website.

Meditation Sessions

YLS offers free meditation sessions every Wednesday at 12:10 pm.  Most sessions are led by Sue Neufeld, a Level 2 certified ParaYoga instructor. Meditation sessions are held in the Law School, and will begin for Fall 2015 on Wednesday, September 2.

If you're interested in starting a meditation practice, we invite you to try the 40 Day Meditation Challenge (Yale NetID required).

Learned Feet Running Club

Join Professor Ian Ayres for a weekly jog around New Haven. All paces are welcome to join, for as much of the jog as you'd like. Fall 2015: Wednesday, December 2 at 4 pm. The group will meet inside the law school at the Grove St. entrance.

Fitness Fridays


The Law School offers a special group fitness class for the YLS community at no cost throughout the semester. Classes are held in the Payne Whitney Gym E/F exercise room on the 5th floor from 4:00-5:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.  No prior experience is required for any classes. The tentative schedule for Fall 2015 can be found below. 

Boot Camp: Friday, September 4, 4:00 pm

High-intensity cardio intervals and bodyweight strength training are combined for a total body workout. This is a workout you can do anywhere! Modifications will be available for all exercises to increase or decrease intensity as needed.  

East Rock Hike: Friday, September 11, 4:00 pm

Join the Yale Environmental Law Association for a hike up to East Rock. Wear some comfortable sneakers and enjoy the great outdoors. The group will be meeting at the 127 Wall Street entrance and departing from there.   

Bikram Yoga: Friday, September 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are practiced in a heated room. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome at this class, which will be held at Bikram Yoga New Haven (59 Elm Street). RSVP required - look for more information to be circulated via email.      

Self-Defense Workshop: Friday, September 25, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join Craig Elkin for a self-defense workshop and learn the basics of protecting yourself. Craig is a retired sergeant with the Middletown Police Department, and 5th degree black belt, and chief instructor of the Yale Karate Club. This class is open to both men and women and includes six specific self-defense techniques defending from attacks from the front, rear, side, and while on the ground. RSVP required - look for more information to be circulated via email.

Yoga Fusion: Friday, October 16, 4:00 pm

We are excited to offer another special class with acclaimed fitness professional Ellen Barrett this semester. Yoga Fusion seamlessly blends vinyasa yoga, standing Pilates and ballet conditioning for a zen-ful 60 minute total body workout. Invigorating movements, combined with a thoughtful mind/body connection, make Yoga Fusion ideal for all fitness levels.

High Intensity Cardio and Strength Training: Friday, October 30, 4:00 pm

Personal trainer Becky Atluru has a vast experience in the field of health and fitness, and believes that with the right exercises and right intensity, you can steadily reach your goals and fitness levels you desire! She implements high-intensity body movements with weights to maximize your workout in a short amount of time. The class does include warm-up, flexibility and cool down so your body adjusts and you feel great!

Zumba: Friday, November 6, 4:00 pm

Andrea Dobras will lead us in a high-energy Zumba class - no dance experience required! Enjoy an upbeat, latin-inspired workout that will have you working hard and feeling good.  

Friday, November 13, 4:00 pm 

Join us for our final Fitness Friday of the semester - details are forthcoming!