I will be the first one to tell you that I gripe a lot about Florida’s summer heat, because I hate it. But I’m also the first one to change my tune come October/November, when the temperatures begin to dip and we get winter weather that’s equivalent to the rest of the country’s spring/fall (Eileen and Emily just experienced this after their recent trips to my neck of the woods!).
And of course I’ll never tire of the thrill of being able to spend basically any day of the year at the beach, and now I have a new way to enjoy doing just that: Full moon yoga on Siesta Key. A couple of friends of mine have gone and raved about it, so a few weeks ago I asked a friend if she wanted to go. She said yes, and that’s how we both found ourselves lying on a towel in the sand, listening to the waves crash against the shore as we twisted our bodies into gentle yoga poses under the last full moon of 2013. (Well, almost full: The real-deal full moon is Tuesday.)
The class was, for me, as much as calming my crazy, stressed-out brain as it was working my muscles, and the instructor (Eleni of Move Your Spirit Yoga) really tapped into that; she encouraged us to exhale any negative energy were were holding onto and inhale positive energy (several times reiterating that we get back what we give out), and mentioned that the full moon is actually for new beginnings, which was a nice reminder for me, since I usually associate it with a kind of chaos/weirdness. She also encouraged us to be aware of our connection to the earth, which was especially cool with the sugar-white Siesta sand under our feet.
Yoga is something that I like a lot but don’t practice much (I’m much more of a barre enthusiast), although several people have told me I should do it more often, as much for the workout as for the calming mental benefits (in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m kind of high-strung). And this class absolutely made me feel like I need to incorporate more of it into my life: I came home feeling like a new person, and this morning the shift in my mental state is noticeable. It’s a great feeling.
Do you practice yoga? Do you love it? Would love to hear your thoughts.