Yoga By The Whale

It’s Celebrate The Small Things Day. Something I’ve achieved each week, no matter how small. If you’re interested in doing the same thing sign up here at Vicki’s blog.  This week I want to do more than celebrate, I want to extoll–from the Latin extollere, to praise, to lift up. I want to praise because I’ve been lifted up.

Yoga in The Park

So what am I going on about? “Yoga By The Whale,” a donation-based one-hour class led by the lovely, graceful Chanel that takes place at 9:15 in the morning, seven days a week in the little grass amphitheater behind “The Whale” sculpture you see in the photo.  Now keep in mind this area is on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Laguna Beach. Accompanied by the squawk of seagulls wheeling above, and the crash of waves below, this is where we glide through our asanas.

At the end, as we settle into Savasana–a relaxing posture intended to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit–Chanel hands out eucalyptus-dampened hand towels which we place over our faces while she walks around spraying us lightly with lavender or lemongrass scented water. Aaah.

And here’s the bonus. Chanel donates part of her proceeds to Save The Bees.


22 thoughts on “Yoga By The Whale

  1. This is the most amazing celebrance, upliftimg you, Your words are beyond uplifting, my heart is beyond gratified. Your truly wonderful. THANK YOU for sharing. Namaste’

  2. Having taught fitness classes/stretch and relaxation for over 30 years, this sounds magnificent. What a change from an indoor gym. Wish I could join you, but 3,000 miles separates my mat from yours. I’ll use my imagination and pass it on to my class when I lead them through imagery. Enjoy yours.

    1. Thanks! I’ve mostly only done yoga outside. The other yoga class I’ve been going to for years is on another bluff a few miles further down the coast with a different teacher, power yoga, and also donation based. And while I like the rigor of it, I don’t like the purely physical aspect he focuses on. Still, I’m grateful for his instruction and dedication. Anytime you’re in town, contact me.

  3. It sounds lovely. Wish I could quiet my “monkey mind” long enough to do yoga. I’ve tried, but the “monkey mind” only responds to alcohol. 😉 I love that she donates to Save the Bees!

  4. That sounds like the best yoga class ever. I’ve never found a yoga class I’ve really enjoyed, but maybe that’s because they have all been indoors. There is something about the idea of that kind of exercise, outside in nature that really appeals to me. Forget about Hot Yoga!

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