Just the facts, ma'am
Greetings from your BE family. In this newsletter you'll find no philosophic ponderings or yoga how-tos — just schedule changes, studio news, and upcoming events. All business!
Paddle Board Yoga Gets Better
Getting out on the water is peaceful and invigorating for your body and soul. We keep tweaking our SUP program because we want to get it just right. We now have a new Saturday SUP time, and a new Sunday SUP site — Sunset Beach! SUP Bootcamp is now monthly, on every last Tuesday.
SATURDAYS: SUP BAYOU
Days and Times: Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am.
Join Dani for a morning hour of led yoga practice on the SUP boards in the calm Bayou waters. We provide paddle boards and anchors or bring your own. Previous SUP and/or yoga experience is not required.
LAUNCH: At Coffee Pot Park, 30th Ave N and 1st St NE. Park in the parking lot but not in the trailer spots. If lot is full, there's street parking in front of the park. Class is held at the boat launch.
SUNDAYS: SUP BEACH
Days and Times: Sundays, 10:00-11:30am.
SUP BEACH is a 45-minute led yoga practice on the SUP boards in the shallows of the Gulf + 45 minutes of free paddle time to play on the boards or practice.
LAUNCH At Sunset Beach at the corner of W. Gulf Blvd. and 77th Ave. Park in the Treasure Island Pavilion lot by taking W. Gulf Blvd all the way to 77th Ave. and turn right into lot before Mansion by the Sea Condos. Class is held at the South end beach access of the parking lot, opposite the pavilion.
LAST TUESDAYS: SUP BOOTCAMP
Days and Times: Every last Tueday of the month, 6:00-7:15pm.
In this boot-campy class you'll workout on land before paddling out on the bayou. Jay Needham leads the way.
LAUNCH: Same as SUP BAYOU
Details for All SUP Classes
COST: $15 BYOB / $25 Rent a board (anchors provided). Board rental package = 5 classes/$100 and BYOB package = 5 classes/$50. Packages may be used for SUP Bayou, SUP Beach, or SUP Bootcamp. You must pre-register two hours in advance. If you have to cancel, you must do so two hours in advance, by EMAILING ONLY to email@example.com. Otherwise, no full class credit or partial $ credit will be granted. Do not call. If the weather is bad enough to cancel, the teacher will attempt to contact you, so make sure you provide your telephone number in your account.
LIMITED to 7 board rentals.
DRESS to get wet and prepare to get sun (workout shorts, surf shorts, bathing suits and normal yoga wear all work well, just make sure you're comfortable. Hats and sunglasses help but don't wear any shades if you're not alright to lose them or use croakies.)
ARRIVE 10 minutes early to these classes for instruction and launch.
Goodbye Mystery Meat. Hello Master Class!
Dates: Every August Sunday, and beyond
Welcome to A Month of Sundays: Master Class! Each month a different teacher will lead you through quick and powerful flows, with pauses to break down arm balances and advanced postures in a workshop-style. Students are expected to be experienced enough to practice safely and intelligently. Modifications and alignment cues will be kept to a minimum. This class is not for beginners, but it is for fun, challenge, and progress! Katelyn Grady kicks it off.
MORE ROCKET IS HERE
Rocket: Tuesday 12:00-1:15pm with Jay Needham
Rocket: Wednesday 2:00-3:15pm with Jessica Needham
Rocket: Friday 5:30-7:00pm with Jessica Needham
Rocket is a moderate-to quickly-paced, Ashtanga-based flow, that's prop-friendly and open to modifications and variations. Arm-balances and inversions are offered. All levels are welcome.
The Rocket Series are derivatives of the Ashtanga Series, which were developed by Pattabhi Jois in the early-to-mid 20th century. Pattabhi Jois was the teacher of Larry Schultz, the personal traveling instructor for Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. While teaching Weir, Schultz developed The Rocket as a way of encouraging modification, empowering the student to shape the practice to his needs and abilities.
The Rocket is less strict in its interpretation of asana and transitions, but it is still Ashtanga at heart. You will warm up with Surya Namaskar A and B, followed by approximately 66 postures including standing and seated poses, and the traditional closing series. Dristhi, Bandha, and Mantra are incorporated, and traditional Sanskrit count is used for pace.
Our Rocket instructors are Jay and Jessica Needham, who were trained by David Kyle. David learned the routines from Larry Schultz himself.
Yogas On Tap!
Everything local! Everything fun, and everything social: these offsite classes are a great way to build your community. Plan your Yoga On Tap schedule for the month. Pre-register and YOTs are $5 for BE unlimited members, or $10 otherwise. $15 at the door. Mats available for rental. Outdoor classes are subject to weather cancellations.
Every Saturday: Yoga Poolside at The Hollander Hotel and Pool Bar
8:30-9:30am. Salute the sun with Rissa Wray, then cool off in the Hollander's beautiful pool. All levels are welcome for this slow flow class. Stay for $12 All-You-Can-Eat brunch buffet, or reserve a cabana and spend the day! Preregister to qualify for weekly raffles. 421 4th Ave N, St. Pete
Every Second Sunday: Yoga On Tap at Green Bench Brewing Company
11:00am-12:00pm. Katelyn Grady leads a power flow with DJ Menscha bringing the beats. The Bench opens at Noon, just in time for a crafty cold one or on-tap Mother Kombucha. We practice back in the production space, so it's on, rain or shine! 1133 Baum Ave N, St. Pete
Every First and Third Wednesday: Yoga On Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing
6:00-7:00pm. We feature a different musician for each of these popular power flows with Jay and Jessica Needham. The 3 Daughters' warehouse space is awesome for practicing in, and our hosts invite local food trucks so you can be fed and watered after class. 222 22nd St S, St. Pete
Every Last Sunday: Yoga On Tap at Squeeze Juice Works Grand Central
A beautiful way to start the day: slow flow in the courtyard at Squeeze's Grand Central location. Becca Kass is your teacher, and Squeeze has all the delicious and healthy goodies you need to complete your balanced breakfast. 18 22nd St S, St. Pete
Upcoming Workshops and Special Events:
Sound Healing Meditation with Alexis Holland
Date: Saturday, August 13
Absorb the healing qualities of sound with musician Alexis Holland. Alexis has collected instruments from around the world that create profound effects on the body and mind. The therapeutic tones of crystal bowls and the Zen handpan will accompany you on your musical journey. You will set up comfortably with bolsters and blankets, and then be awash in healing waves. Give this gift of peace to yourself or someone in need.
Stacy Renz presents: Introduction to the Roll Method with Yoga Tune-Up Balls
Date: Saturday, August 20
The roll method uses specialized grippy, pliable balls to: increase the glidability and slidability of the superficial and deep layers of fascia; help you manage myofascial pain; increase circulation to joints and tissues; release adhesions and trigger points that form due to damage, disuse, poor nutrition, scar tissue, or emotional holding; make your yoga practice more effective and satisfying by stretching and releasing often missed areas; and give yourself a deep tissue massage on demand!
Stacy Foust Renz, OTR, yoga therapist, owner of Living Room Yoga, and creator of Life Balance Yoga Teacher Training programs will lead you through a rolling series followed by yoga poses as time allows so that you feel marvelous!
The Tao of Tea, with Ashley Smith
Date: Sunday August 21
Register now. Space is limited to 7 participants.
Yoga In Wonderland!
Date: Saturday, August 20
Tonight will be your last chance to see the hugely successful "Down the Rabbit Hole" show at Bloom Art Center. Your one-hour practice will be led by Katelyn Grady, accompanied by live music, and surrounded by faraway worlds and impossible places!
Bloom Twilight Market to follow with music, art, local vendors and donation bar. Grab one helluva souvenir: $10 for a 3-minute line drawing of you in your favorite pose. Live drawing by bloom artists including James Olesonand John Jairo Suarez. Bluebird Books Bus will be onsite, and St Pete Press will be selling their new-design St Pete Yogi shirts! Live music, raffle, twilight market, and much more. We'll be fed by the Latin Lunch Box and Treat Yo' Self Popsicles! Costumes are encouraged. Yoga On Tap pricing and credits honored.
That's All, Folks!