Full Moon Yoga
If you think you’ve perfected your Down Dog, you might want to try Yoga For Everybody’s Full Moon Yoga. The first one of the season kicks off on Monday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. Head to the marina at Jennings Beach, bring a mat, wear layers, and get ready for a really beautiful experience.
“It’s challenging to practice on the sand. The ground is constantly shifting under you,” said Jennifer Jennings, Yoga For Everybody’s general manager. “But it’s nice to get out of the studio. There’s no wall to have a focal point and you get the sounds of what’s around you.”
Even if you’ve never tried yoga, you’ve probably heard about it. Developed in India thousands of years ago, it’s hardly a trend. Just in the past decade, yoga has seen an increase in participation and awareness for all of its health benefits. The body moves with the breath to strengthen and elongate muscles, expand stamina and flexibility, and relieve stress. The different postures and positions can even improve your posture.
But what’s great about the Full Moon Yoga is that it’s such a sensual experience. You can feel the heat of the waning sun on your face as you watch it slowly melt into the horizon. A soft breeze blows as you crunch your feet in the sand and little children splash in the water nearby. The seagulls caw, swooping in mid-flight. The moon rises and the stars glisten.
How could you possibly top that? Well, they do. There’s a bonfire afterwards with singing, chanting, and general bonding with your fellow classmates. Some people even skip the class and come just for the bonfire.
“We’ve had a few people randomly join us,” Jennings said. “Every summer, it starts out a little slow and then people discover it.”
On Sunday, July 1st, they will begin their Morning Beach Yoga. That runs until August 31st, which is also the date for the last Full Moon class. Feeling adventurous? Why not bookend that day with both classes!
Yoga For Everybody is located at 27 Unquowa Road. They are open seven days a week with 45 studio class offerings, not including the beach yogas and special workshops. They teach kids and adults of all levels from beginner to advanced. They are affiliated with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass.
The event is $25 if paid in advance in the studio or online. It is $35 if paid at the beach. Please bring exact change.
Parking is available at Jennings Beach for those with a beach sticker. For those participants without a beach sticker, parking is available at the Ash Creek lot on Turney Road.
For more information, contact them at 203-254-9642 or visit them online at www.yoga4everbody.net.