Beach Yoga

Organization Sponsor: Yoga Atlantic

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Provincial Parks


Program Description

You are soaking the sun on a colorful beach towel, lazily looking at a horizon. The kids are building sand castles and the dog is asleep. You just finished your favorite book and the weather is as close to perfect as possible, but you are bored.There’s nothing better than boredom to start a healthy habit: stretching.Stretching prevents injuries, lubricates the joints and increases oxygen supply to the muscles. Most of yoga students report that even a few minutes of stretching a day help them to manage their aching backs and shoulders.

Taking your yoga practice to the beach is more like what the original yogis intended more than 5,000 years ago. "Practicing on an uneven surface like sand builds the secondary muscles in your feet, hips, knees, and shoulder joints," says Sara Ivanhoe, a Vinyasa instructor at Yoga Works. During this routine, press your feet and hands firmly into the sand and spread your fingers and toes to hit maximum lower-body muscle. Relax and enjoy.

Yoga Atlantic offeres Beach Yoga at Cleveland Beach July and August every Saturday Morning 7-8. All are welcome. Beach Yoga can be done as a group class or as an individual.

Program Approximate Cost: 

10.00 a class

Funding Sources: 

Yoga Atlantic

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This class is best enjoyed early in the morning before the beaches get crowed but could be done anytime as long as you find a quiet place where you feel comfortable.

Impact Of Program: 

People love to practice yoga outside in front of a breathtaking views. This course is offered early but to attract a large numbers of youth it would be better later in the day. Youth especially girls love yoga and older teens come with their mothers. About 20 people of mixed ages attend this class.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The fee is a drop in one so there is no long term commitment. Teachers are available to offer classes at other locations and for other organizations.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The weather is always a challenge. Classes are canceled if the weather is very intense. Light rain or wind doesn't interfere with the class but cold temperature makes it hard to stretch.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This began in 2009 as an experiment but it has been very well received.

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