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Practice Yoga on the Sand in Miami Beach

January 07, 2007 By Maria de los Angeles in Miami: Local NewsMiami: Travel News  | 19 Comments


They say life is what you make of it and it’s certainly true of the beach:  it’s an enormous, white sandy canvas on which to remake yourself everyday through the practice of yoga.

Just a couple of blocks down from Ocean Drive you’ll find a group of locals and tourists carving out a little section of the sand for their daily practice of yoga, either in the early morning, to greet the day, or late in the afternoon.

A typical yoga class involves breathing, meditation and sun salutations, although sequences in a class will vary from teacher to teacher.  Sun salutations are a classic series of poses designed to coordinate breath with movement while strengthening and toning the body. Pressing your hands against the sand in some of the postures, you become grounded with the earth, while surrounded by the vastness of the sky and the sound of waves.

Unlike the confines of a studio, beach yoga opens the practice up to a wider perspective. Without walls, yoga outdoors can help you connect with something bigger than yourself. Gabriella Meszaros, a visual artist originally from Hungary, has been teaching yoga on the beach for over a year.  “Yoga is very special on the beach,” says Gabriella.  “It’s more spiritual.  You really feel it when extending your legs to the sky.”

For some, just being outdoors is therapeutic, and after a long day at the office, unwinding with yoga instead of happy hour makes more sense.  It’s a great way to transition from work and back into personal life.  One yogi, who moved from the northeast to Miami only practices outdoors.  “It’s the only way I get to really experience being outside and get fresh air.”  Indeed, breathing deeply and in a calm, measured manner is a key part of yoga and when fresh, ocean breezes are involved, the practice is invigorating and relaxing all at once.

Beach yogis gather on the sand at 3rd street and Collins Avenue, right behind Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Park.  The class is run by Synergy Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts, the city’s longest-standing yoga studio, located on Española Way and with a satellite center at Nirvana Spa on North Beach.

Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, stop by and experience the beach a little differently! Don’t forget to bring a big beach towel.  Class open to all levels and is by donation, payable to the teacher ($5 requested). Class times vary seasonally according to daylight savings time.  Currently, morning classes are held at 7 am and evening classes at 5 pm. Phone:  (305) 538-7073


New to Yoga?

Yoga is not a religion but an ancient art of well-being that has gained widespread popularity here in the United States in the last twenty years.  Briefly explained, the word yoga means “yoking” or “bringing together” of mind, body and soul to peaceful balance.  Yoga postures are excellent exercises for muscle tone, strength and flexibility while also working internally to boost organ functions.  As well, don’t assume it’s all about having a lithe body that ties itself into a pretzel; yoga is also about quieting the mind, letting go of the ego and co-existing with others in this often challenging world – something we could all use.

With proper guidance, anyone can practice yoga.  Don’t be shy to ask questions.  Meet different teachers and take different classes until you find a good starting point from which to begin your practice.  Always keep in mind that a yoga practice is life-long journey of learning.  Don’t feel intimidated by more advanced practitioners; everyone is always learning something new and your practice is just as legimate as anyone else’s.  Oh and most importantly, never forget to have fun!

Related Categories: Miami: Local News, Miami: Travel News,

About the Author: Maria de los Angeles is a freelance wordsmith who loves to write about all things travel in Florida and the Caribbean. She is also the author of the award-winning blog Sex and the Beach.

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19 Comments on

"Practice Yoga on the Sand in Miami Beach"

Gus says:

Very interesting. I’m sure locals and visitors would enjoy this type of yoga class. Did you take the pictures too?

Posted on 01/08/2007 at 1:13 PM

Manola Blablablanik says:

Hi Gus, yes I did take the photos, however they are not from Gabriella’s class, but from another instructor’s. 

As for participation, there seems to be a core group of locals and then tourists who stop by when in town.

Posted on 01/08/2007 at 1:18 PM

sktegta says:

I am indeed thankful to the administrators of this web URL and this forum for presenting us all with a wonderful medium to learn more, share our views, discuss constructively and address questions relating to various topics related to spirituality, self-realization, introspection, exercise and well-being.

SK Tegta

Posted on 03/09/2008 at 7:12 AM

angela patricia bedoya madrid says:

hola como estan les escribo desde medellin colombia, pienso viajar a miami beach del 19 de junio hasta el 27 de junio, soy aca en esta ciudad profesora de yoga en una caja de compensacion que se llama comfama, y quisiera conocer y estar alli en sesiones de yoga si es posible para intercambiar experiencias, enriqueciendonos mutuamente con estass vivencias.

Posted on 05/24/2008 at 6:35 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Hola Angela, en Miami Beach hay dos escuelas de yoga Synergy Yoga y Miami Life Center.  Synergy yoga es la escuela que ofrece clases en la playa.  Espero que disfrutes de tu estancia aqui.

Posted on 05/26/2008 at 10:36 AM

Sandra says:

Hola. Vivo en Medellin y quiero contactarme con Angela Maria Bedoya Madrid. Estoy super interesada en aprender tecnicas de yoga, relajacion y todo lo relacionado con tecnicas anti-estres. Como puedo comunicarme con usted?

Posted on 06/25/2009 at 11:06 AM

Sandra says:

perdon….Es Angela Patricia.

Posted on 06/25/2009 at 11:08 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Hola Sandra,

Este website se dedica a Miami y no tengo much conocimiento de tu país.

Quien es Angela Patricia?  La personal que comentó en el #4 dice que es maestra de yoga en Medellin y que trabaja con Comfama.  Has intentado buscar en un directorio telefonico, en Google o Facebook?

Siento que no pueda ayudarte mas.

Posted on 06/26/2009 at 12:04 PM

jenay says:

How can you use pictures of a class and not even mention the teacher? There are two great classes on the beach and maybe more. For you to omitt that information seems really unethical.

Posted on 09/05/2009 at 7:51 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Hi Jenay, this article was written more than two years ago.  Of course there are other classes *today*, but how could I humanly predict what would happen in two years’ time?

Also, this was a generic article about classes, not a teacher profile.  The teacher in the photo above did not particularly care to be profiled at the time, which is why I interviewed somebody else.  In fact, you can barely see her in the photo.

In the true spiit of yoga, I would encourage you to appreciate that I took the time to promote this incredible science and art here for our community.  Namaste.

Posted on 09/05/2009 at 9:47 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Also, Jenay, feel free to post info on other classes here. This is a community website for all to share.

Posted on 09/05/2009 at 9:49 AM

dubidando says:

I’m moving to miami next year (january 2010) and I’m glad to hear about these yoga classes! As the article is from 2007, can anybody please tell me if this activity is still going on?
Thank you!!!

Posted on 09/18/2009 at 12:09 PM

Laurie says:

Welcome! Regular outdoor/beach yoga classes are still going on. Visit the Event Calendar for current offerings (these repeat weekly).

Posted on 09/18/2009 at 1:28 PM

dubidando says:

thanks laurie!
Quick answer, wow raspberry

Posted on 09/18/2009 at 4:58 PM

Eugenia Victoria says:

WOW! been to Miami last year and i thought ive seen this on the beach.
Do you know if there is any chance they give these yoga classes on the beach at Gran Canaria/Playa del Ingles?

Thnx in advance,

Posted on 11/24/2009 at 3:20 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Hi Eugenia. Thanks for visiting.  This site focuses on South Florida so unfortunately I don’t know what the yoga situation is like in the Canary Islands.  I would check with local studios and hotels there. 



Posted on 11/24/2009 at 10:06 AM

Mercedes Maia says:

Hi i started yoga on the beach on 3rd street . They only offer times at 7 am and 5 or 6pm . Does anyone know of any other classes that are held right on the beach as well at other times. thanks Mercedes

Posted on 04/10/2010 at 5:39 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

I just want to remind everyone that these classes are still being held and that they now have a website:

Posted on 04/25/2010 at 10:46 AM

MicaPika says:

Hello, I’m 13 years old. Do you have a Yoga On the Beach program for teens in Miami Beach? I would really love to do yoga!

Posted on 11/16/2011 at 8:53 PM

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