I tried outdoor yoga for the first time this morning. During the summer months, Woodstock Shakti Yoga
offers a 9:30am pool-side yoga level I/level II class Friday mornings on the grounds of The Enchanted Manor Inn in Woodstock. (This was on my summer wish-list for years.) It was about 64 degrees when I arrived, so I chose a sunny spot next to the pool. I regret not putting on sunblock because the sun felt strong after 15 minutes of poses. There were shady spots available, but I wanted to be in the sun. The class flowed just right for me. With the exception of the headstand which I don’t do, I could do all the other poses. Winnick is a straight shooting yoga instructor with a racy sense of humor that helps you get through the challenging poses! I won’t reveal all the yogi jokes. You will have to take a class with her and find out for yourself. There are no props at Poolside Yoga. “This is raw yoga!” said Winnick with a mock growl when a student asked for a block. Winnick suggested the student use one of the potted plants. I think she was joking. Winnick praised one student who used the deck rail for support during a pose. (There are yoga mats available if you don’t have one though.)
I really enjoyed this outdoor yoga class. I expected it to be a bit buggy since I have to spray myself with bug spray when I’m out in my yard, but there were only a couple of dragon flies, and that was it. It's an invigorating feeling to see nothing but trees when you’re in a back-bend.
Unfortunately, I ran out of the house without thinking about taking my bathing suit. I didn’t know students were allowed to swim in the pool after class. Next time I’ll be prepared. Tip: Bring or wear your bathing suit, put on a bit of sunblock, and bring a water bottle. Class is $16 and you can book it online.
Are there any other yoga studios that offer outdoor yoga in the Hudson Valley? I’d love to try another outdoor yoga class.
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