Get Your Namaste On! Outdoor Yoga Around the Sunshine State

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    A look at 11 places around Florida to practice outdoor yoga. Here’s a sampling

    Yoga in Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando

    Lake Eola Park is located in Downtown Orlando. Every Sunday from 11am-12pm, yogini Amanda “#NamasteBitches” Reh instructs a class for just $5! Amanda started teaching yoga in the City Beautiful in 2013 to bring more awareness of health and community. Her yoga class (she sometimes has guest instructors) has become one of the most popular places to be on a Sunday morning. There’s also a wonderful Farmers’ Market just across the lake from the practice which is a great place to have an after practice smoothie or meal and pick up some fresh produce and other treats. No prior yoga experience is needed. Just bring your yoga mat, water, $5, and friends! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to find out if there are any location changes or event cancellations due to special events or other activities in Lake Eola Park. Amanda also teaches indoor yoga at Harmony Yoga in Maitland, which we recommend as well.

     

    Yoga with the Flamingos at Everglades Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs

    We definitely saved one of the best outdoor yoga places for last. There’s nothing better than to Spring forward into “Yoga with the Flamingos” with Susanna Tocco (a certified yoga instructor), Amigo the Flamingo and his amigos every Tuesday & Thursday at 8am-8:45am. We’re not aware of any other place you can get your namaste on with flamingos. It’s just too cool and so very Florida! RSVP’s are not required, but they are preferred.  $5 for Everglades Wonder Garden members and $10 for non-members.

    SoBe Surf and Paddle, Merritt Island

    For those of you who want to take your namaste up a couple notches, Cocoa Beach/Merritt Island offers a one-hour stand-up paddleboarding yoga class for only $30 per person. It includes all of the equipment needed. After your yoga lessons, feel free to explore the rest of the beach. There are lots of other activities you can do in the area as well. It is highly recommended to bring a water bottle and towel. Make sure to book online and check for availability at  http://www.sobesurf.com/cocoa-beach/.

    AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Mar. 15, 2019

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    A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.