Free beach yoga draws tide of participants

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Yoga in­struc­tor Kate Giglio couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of peo­ple who came stream­ing over the dunes at Mav­il­lette Beach on July 12 for free yoga.

She and her hus­band Joe held beach yoga ses­sions in the past for their stu­dents, with mod­er­ate suc­cess, but this year was dif­fer­ent.

“This year, we de­cided we wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity and just see what hap­pened with it,” said Kate.

About 70 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated for the first gath­er­ing. Nearly 90 turned out for the sec­ond.

“We’ve been blown away,” she said.

The cou­ple has been op­er­at­ing their busi­ness, Su­per­nova Power Yoga at 350 Main St. in Yar­mouth, since Jan­uary 2014.

The power yoga they teach is Bap­tiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, a se­ries of pos­tures in a fixed se­quence.

“We find it gives us a lot of free­dom as teach­ers to see our stu­dents and help them with the poses and talk to other as­pects of the prac­tice,” said Kate.

She’s a strong ad­vo­cate of yoga, see­ing it as a great way to stretch and breathe and de-stress.

The beach yoga brings participants closer to na­ture and of­ten­times friend­ships spring from prac­tis­ing to­gether.

“It’s a good way to shake up your rou­tine if you’re al­ready do­ing yoga and to get out into na­ture. It’s great to see peo­ple mov­ing and breath­ing to­gether.”

For those who want to get started on yoga be­fore the next two beach ses­sions, Su­per­nova Power Yoga has a spe­cial rate of $7 for a week of un­lim­ited yoga.

Class de­scrip­tions are on­line.

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Beaches pro­vide a beau­ti­ful set­ting for beach yoga.

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