December 16, 2013

Siesta Key Beach Full Moon Yoga

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.

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    Rachel Sedaker
    December 17, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I’m reading this after returning home from yoga class! I love yoga, for what it does for both my mind and body. Full moon beach yoga sounds amazing. Almost makes me want to move to Florida (that and this heat you speak of). And that picture- that is perfection right there.

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    Emily Anne
    December 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I just need to tell you that I love your state. It is full of so many good things. I want to do Yoga on the beach!!

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    December 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Oh my…full moon beach yoga? Yes! Absolutely that’s something I’d like to do. I go through phases with yoga, but in general I do it about once a week. I adore it and wish I could make it happen more often.

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    December 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Oh I’m so jealous of full moon yoga! I did yoga fairly regularly when I lived in Alabama and loved it. Great for stretching out the muscles from all the half marathon training and also just to relax and calm my similarly maxed out brain. I miss it for sure. There’s one place in town I know of that has yoga classes and I’m considering it, but might have to go cheap and just dig out my yoga dvd and do it at home. Or see if I can talk a yoga instructor into doing outdoor yoga on the river in the park…now that’s an idea. Also, you’re making me really want to try barre. Insanity is killing my knees and I’m developing a deep dislike of Shaun T.

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