We are so lucky to live here, having the sea and magnificent natural beauty literally on our doorstep. So why not take advantage of practising yoga outside in the fresh air? Enjoy the amazing views, a beautiful sky, the colourful leaves, soft grass or pebbles (sometimes even sand) underneath our mat, the beach and the sea.
The ground might be uneven, an ant might crawl across your mat, or the sun may be shining in your eyes, but that’s what makes outdoor practice so rewarding. You get to go outside your normal routine, feel the earth beneath your feet, and make playful adjustments to your practice. The music comes courtesy of chirping birds, flowing wind, and the waves lapping up on the beach.
Yoga is all about the union of the body and the mind, and when you add the extra element of the outdoors you can also make it about becoming one with nature. Spending your morning at the beach yoga really sets you up for the day ahead. Gone are the worries, stress, distracting thoughts and pressure of your everyday life. After the class you feel recharged, reenergised, relaxed and ready to tackle the day ahead. We often feel as if we spent time away on a mini holiday!
We embrace the elements and meet to practice yoga outside whatever the weather (well perhaps not in a torrential rain, although we did couple of times..)
The class has been running for the last five years. It started with only a handful of people and our yoga dog Maxi. Over the time we’ve created a beautiful beach yoga community where everyone is welcome with open arms; our numbers reaching thirty in summer and around ten brave hard core yogis in winter, complete with hats, gloves, scarves and skiing socks! We often stay on and chat after the class, grabbing a hot drink or relaxing on the beach, even swimming!
Beach yoga is a great class to meet people, feel fantastic and become a part of something amazing – a community of like minded beach yogis who love outdoors, having fun and who put their wellbeing first (at least once a week).
Tempted? Come and find us every Wednesday at 9.30am in the Italian Gardens in Eastbourne – we are here all year round. We promise you a special morning you will not forget; a total stress buster.
I asked some of the beach yogis why they love coming to the class:
“For the soothing sound of the sea, the salty kiss of the breeze on our faces, the sensation of sand (and pebbles) beneath our feet, for the sunshine and the rain… we meet in friendship and shared appreciation of this beautiful and special part of the world ❤ We love Maxi dog, and we love you and your classes Eva Kristlova. xxx”