Sunrise Beach Yoga
in Bethany Beach, DE
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SOUTH GARFIELD PARKWAY BEACH
JULY 1 - LABOR DAY, 6-7am
by Bethany Beach Yoga
Greet the day with sun salutations, balance poses, yoga flow and more while the sun rises above the ocean — with a team of certified teachers: Pat Wood, Georgette Rhoads, Lori Roe, Susan Maddox, Tracy Southard.
*Note: Typically held on the boardwalk bandstand, classes have moved to the beach to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
For more info, visit bethanybeachyoga.com
Having a special occasion, wedding, bachelorette party, family gathering or business event in the Bethany Beach area? Looking for a memorable activity to include in your schedule? Bethany Beach Yoga's private group classes create an atmosphere of connectivity, bonding and relaxation.
Classes can be tailored to your groups’ specific wants/needs, including yoga flow, slow flow, yoga for beginners, restorative yoga, partner yoga or meditation / chanting. Sessions are available at your location or meeting place or possibly at the beach or another outdoor space.
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Fee: $75 flat rate for up to 5 people, $15/person for 5 to 35 people
For details and more info, visit bethanybeachyoga.com
Cultivate your own practice with customized, private sessions at your location. You will be guided through a sequence of poses and therapeutic exercises tailored to your specific needs. A minimum of three sessions is recommended.
- 60 minutes of yoga therapy
- Brief assessment included in first session
- Photos of the practice can be taken so you can reference them later
- Fee: upon request
*Note: One-on-one sessions are canceled at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Develop the foundation of primary poses and yoga basics, including the use of props. Suitable for beginners and continuing students.
Accommodates beginners and students developing a consistent yoga practice with more strength and flexibility, with some inversions.
For students seeking to deepen their practice. Intermediate poses are refined and advanced poses are introduced, including more inversions.
Advanced variations of inversions, revolved poses, arm balances and deeper backbends.
Styles of Yoga
Body Balance Yoga
Founded by Jenny Otto, Body Balance Yoga expresses the self-healing aspects of eternal wisdom. In a Body Balance Yoga class, not only will you explore the timeless teachings, but you will also leap into present day wellness and medical research. Classes are taught with awareness, acceptance and adaptation. Sound, mudra, pranayama, visualization and meditation are used at the discretion of each teacher to help every student express the essence of the human spirit. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment. The therapeutic aspects of yoga are emphasized in every class. For more info, visit bodybalanceyoga.com
Tracy is a certified Body Balance Yoga® teacher
Yoga therapy can restore balance on many levels — physically, emotionally, mentally — by renewing our natural capacity for self-healing. Yoga therapy classes use yoga poses, therapeutic props and conscious movement exercises to provide relief from an array of chronic pain conditions and health issues.
Tracy is a certified yoga therapist
This is an invigorating class with lots of flow. The term vinyasa means "to place with intention." A vinyasa-style class involves mindfully moving or "flowing" through sequences of yoga postures at the pace of the breath — often focusing on Sun Salutations or other creative flows. Students can expect an emphasis on moving continuously with a steady breath, with brief holds in postures.
Restorative Yoga consists of therapeutic and supportive poses done on the floor or at the wall in supine positions and with many props — allowing the body to open and relax. Designed to reduce stress, recharge energy reserves and bring the nervous system into a more balanced state, restorative yoga is an important part of any yoga practice. These classes can also be active restorative classes involving moving meditations.
Yoga nidra or "yogic sleep" is an ancient meditation technique that involves guided meditation to induce deep relaxation and musculoskeletal rest. Yogis say that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep. Unlike traditional yoga classes, there are no asanas (postures). Participants are reclined in restorative, supportive positions and are guided through the pratice. (15-30-45-60-minute sessions are available)
Tracy is trained as a yoga nidra facilitator in the Satyananda Yoga Nidra lineage
Meditation / Chanting
Learn and practice meditation and mindfulness techniques. Also pranayama (breathwork), mantras ("the yoga of sound") and mudras. Open to all; no experience necessary.
Take It Outdoors...
The beach can be a great outdoor yoga studio. Listen to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, feel the sand between your toes, gaze at the ocean and the vast blue sky above, while the salt air and seabreeze washes over you. Beach yoga classes are also a great opportunity and bonding experience for family members of all ages to enjoy.
Beach Yoga Tips (for soft sand):
- Protect Your Wrists. Be mindful of your wrists when doing yoga on soft sand. Be sure to grip or "claw" the sand with your whole hand and extend your fingers to get the best support. Stay away from too many poses that are weight-bearing on your hands and wrists.
- Mind Your Legs and Feet. Make sure to root down through your legs and feet in standing and balance poses.
- Master Your Balance. Practicing on sand brings new awareness of balance and alignment in poses. In fact, the beach is a great place for mastering your balance poses as the shifting sand challenges the muscles in your legs and ankles. To find better grounding on the beach, try "twisting" your feet into the sand to root down. While it can be a challenging surface, the soft sand is also the most forgiving when practicing balance poses or inversions.
- Slow Your Flow. Slow down sun saluations and other vinyasa flows and move with intention. If you move too fast, you will kick up a lot of sand. Also, be careful in poses when reaching arms and hands above your head while looking up as sand can fall into your eyes.
- Stay Hydrated. Beach sand and the beach environment can be dehydrating so it is good practice to bring a bottle of water with you.
- Use a Beach Towel as a Yoga Mat. A regular yoga mat will not stay in place plus it is nearly impossible to get all the sand off afterwards. A big beach towel, blanket or sheet works better on soft sand and some students prefer beach sand only (no mat). Plus, a beach towel will come in handy if you choose to take a dip in the ocean after class.
- Don't Forget the Shade. Depending on the time of day you are practicing on the beach, you may also want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses.