Try North Avenue Beach Yoga

Try North Avenue Beach Yoga

It has been a treat to spend time at North Avenue beach the past two weeks as my kids are at zoo camp right over the North Avenue Bridge.  Yesterday I noticed a sign for daily beach yoga classes at 10:00 a.m. (as well as 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) and decided I had no reason not to try it the next morning after camp drop off.

The next morning there were heat warnings and I wondered if I should back out because of the heat.  I checked the website for cancellations and then put on my yoga clothes before I had a chance to change my mind.

It was hot at the beach.  I had to put my sandals on as the hot sand was burning my feet.  We set up close to the water, which provided a little breeze.

My pre-class view.

My pre-class view.

It was a sweaty vinyasa class and sand and sweat equal a sticky body.  Despite that I was in awe of the beautiful water and skyline as I moved through the asanas.  I loved practicing amongst the kids playing and early picnics getting set up.

The sand adds a challenging element for yoga.  My balance was tested as I tried to dig my toes into my mat atop the sand. My calves and shins felt the affects of it later in the day.  In the middle of class I ran into the lake to cool off and then mixed water with my sand and sweat covered skin.

As we moved through the poses, the teacher spoke about finding the good in our life instead of dwelling on the bad.

Practicing underneath the blue sky with the sun beating on my body I felt full of goodness.

Then I ran home and showered as quickly as possible.

Check out Sun and Moon Yoga for more information.  Will I see you on the mat at the beach this summer? 

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