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Relaxing the Mind, Body & Spirit -- Enjoying yoga sessions along the sand of FMB

July 13, 2016
Melissa Schneider - Editor (mschneider@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Many escape to the sands of Fort Myers Beach to relax and unwind. Many also escape to the meditative state of yoga for the same result. The combination of these two forces makes for the best possible escape to the epitome of relaxation, and beach-goers have the chance to take part in it almost weekly through the summertime months. Hosted by instructor Becky Lang, morning yoga sessions are offered along the north-end shoreline every Saturday morning in July (except July 30) and August, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome.

"I always say you're officially coming to the best yoga studio in town during our morning beach sessions," Becky laughed. "Yoga is fabulous for the body, mind and spirit, but when you add the sand, the water, the sound of the gulf waves, being out in nature, it just takes all of that to an entirely different level."

As the yoga sessions are considered a "Level 1" flow class, it's suitable for most. As Becky states, as long as you don't have trouble getting up and down, you should have no problems. And, being in the sand, it is much more easygoing on the knees than an average yoga studio floor. "The sand is really nice for those with knee issues; so much softer and more forgiving. And it's just great to be out in the sun," she said.

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Many escape to the sands of Fort Myers Beach to relax and unwind. Many also escape to the meditative state of yoga for the same result. The combination of these two forces makes for the best possible escape to the epitome of relaxation, and beach-goers have the chance to take part in it almost weekly through the summertime months. Hosted by instructor Becky Lang, morning yoga sessions are offered along the north-end shoreline every Saturday morning in July (except July 30) and August, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. Photo courtesy Becky Lang.

"My explanation of yoga is that you are not only working the body in both flexibility and balance, but you're also strengthening the body, and it helps to clear the mind," she said. "That is my favorite definition calming of the fluctuations of the mind. It's the magic of the class. You leave feeling peaceful and relaxed."

Becky has been a personal trainer, instructing yoga classes for the last several years, leading the surf-side sessions for the last two. Going back into the "corporate world," she was sure to continue hosting the island yoga mornings, simply stating that she "just couldn't give it up I am always so grateful just to be there in the sand to begin the weekend."

"On average, we have about 20 to 25 in attendance, new attendees every single week mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, kids and their parents we have a really great group, and it always goes over so well," the fitness instructor said. "Setting up in the sand behind the Edison Beach Hotel on the north end (just a bit north of the pier), the staff there has been so great to us. They always have the sand combed nice and flat before our sessions, and it's just a wonderful spot to do yoga."

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All you have to bring with you is a yoga mat or beach towel, and a bottle or two of water, along with whatever other comforts that suit you. Becky says there's a $10 suggested donation, and those attending are asked to come a little earlier to allow time for parking (Lynn Hall Park is a great spot) and getting set up and comfortable. There's no need to RSVP; "just show up and have fun. We're sure to have an amazing time!"

For further information, or to keep an eye on possible bad-weather cancellations, feel free to check BeckyLang.com or her Facebook page (search "Becky Lang Beach Yoga Classes").

 
 

 

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