Stretching out into outdoor yoga programming

A warm breeze, the quiet lapping of the waves, the chirping of shorebirds searching for breakfast — one of the most peaceful ways possible to start a summer day would be on the shore Big Spirit Lake.

The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering the opportunity to gently wake up with Beach Yoga 7 a.m. the first and third Wednesday in June, July and August at Ainsworth-Orleans Beach on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake.

All ages and levels of practice are invited to attend these events which will be taught with the YogaFit Training mindset.

“Yoga by the water is one of the most relaxing ways you can start your day, with the beauty of nature and the calmness of water and the gentleness of yoga,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “We wanted people to experience a new way to utilize one of our parks, and we thought stretching out into Beach Yoga for the first time would be a great way to do that.”

Beach Yoga will cost $10 per person, and everyone should bring their own yoga mats. No registration is required.

Outdoor yoga will also be offered during the Nature Explorers and Young Naturalists programs for ages 6-9 and 10-12 this summer, a part of the bi-weekly summer series. Instructor Kelly Thelen will lead these programs to expose the next generation to this great way to get outside. The free Nature Explorers yoga program will be 10:30 a.m. July 20 and Young Naturalists will try it out 1 p.m. July 27 at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

“Yoga means oneness, and outdoor yoga helps us connect with the environment and our surroundings,” Thelen said. “Yoga is a great activity because you can do it anywhere, at any time, and it’s as good for the body as it is for the mind.”

To register for the youth programs, call 712-336-6352.

Find out more about Beach Yoga and other Dickinson County Conservation Board programming on our environmental education page. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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