Yoga by the bay is as peaceful as it sounds. Imagine a cool breeze and lapping water and you’ll have an idea of what it is like to stretch the stress away with the sunrise and sunset outdoor yoga classes offered by Align and Camana Bay.
The two partnered to launch weekly yoga sessions held on the dock overlooking the Camana Bay Harbour. This new wellness initiative offers many physical and mental health benefits for students and is a great way to get and stay active. There are two classes a week to suit different schedules: A soothing sunset class to wrap up Mondays at 5:30 p.m., or an early sunrise class on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to kick-start your weekend in a Zen state of mind.
Registration for the classes is on the patio just outside Gelato & Co., and the class is open to everyone. There is ample parking available and thanks to the central location of Camana Bay, anyone working between George Town and West Bay will find it a short drive away.
The classes, led by certified yoga instructors Heidi and Ashley Stafford, are designed around flow yoga to build strength and flexibility. In addition to this, maintaining a regular yoga practice helps to create many other physical benefits such as lowering blood pressure, assisting with weight loss and increasing protection from injury. Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing also creates mental health benefits such as helping manage stress, sharpen concentration and increase body awareness.
Self and body awareness are particularly valuable, as they help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventative action.
Size and fitness levels do not matter, as there are modifications for every yoga pose, allowing for all body types to get involved in the practice. Only 18 years and older will be allowed to join the classes.
Participants are warned that they should be prepared to sweat and must bring their own yoga mats, towels and water bottles. If it rains, the class will be moved indoors.
Classes are $15 for drop-ins (cash only) and $80 for a six-class pass, which can be purchased in the Visitor Centre on Market Street in Camana Bay. Classes begin on time and students are asked to bring their own mat. For more information, visit camanabay.com/yoga.