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Sanibel Health Club offers ‘Sunset Beach Yoga’ beginning Oct. 19

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

Picture yourself on a secluded beach where the sound of waves whispering across the warm, white sand, commingles with the tinkling of shells rolling through the surf. The sun is slowly sinking in the west, and as twilight cloaks the coast, you close your eyes…take a deep breath…and say, “Ohm.”

If your imagination is lacking — or if you’re far too stressed out for such imaginary exercises — consider joining the Sanibel Health Club for the launch of their new Sunset Beach Yoga series.

“Yoga is a big part of a lot of people’s lives and a big part of staying healthy,” said Sanibel Health Club co-owner Tim Shevlin. “And there’s nothing more beautiful and breathtaking than a sunset — combining the two creates a very relaxing experience. You get all the pluses of being inside the aerobics studio but on the beach and in nature.”

The first Sunset Beach Yoga session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5:15 p.m. on the Captiva side of Blind Pass Beach. Sessions will continue every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. until Nov. 23.

It costs $60 to pre-register for the entire series and $15 per session for folks who can’t commit to weekly attendance and would prefer to drop in when they can.

The flow yoga sessions will last for approximately an hour and participants are asked to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and if possible, to bring their own mats. Water will be provided during the session.

Everyone is welcome to join Shevlin and his business partner Jenna Hoyt as they begin what Shevlin said is only the first of many new programs the Sanibel Health Club is planning to offer.

“It’s something that we’re very excited about and were looking forward to doing lots of things like this. I encourage people of all experience levels to come. The better the turnout, the more programs like this we’re going to kick off,” Shevlin said.

In addition to Sunset Beach Yoga, the Sanibel Health Club is also offering Sanibel Beach Retreats.

“We’re trying to get people to come to Sanibel and stay for as long as they want to participate in an all-inclusive, complete fitness experience. All the food is prepared for them and we six hours worth of activities every day, including personal training, yoga, pilates, cardio sessions and some fun outdoor activities like kayaking and windsurfing,” Shevlin said. To learn more about Sanibel Beach Retreats, go to www.sanibelfitnessinc.com.

For local folks who prefer a more traditional fitness regime, the Sanibel Health Club also features a full cardio room with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and stairmasters, a full weight room, stretching area, locker rooms equipped with showers and an aerobics studios. Shevlin and Hoyt also offer personal training.

“Our lives revolve around the fitness industry and we try to bring a new energy to our personal training and our programs. Fitness can be a huge part of anyone’s life. It’s not something you have to force yourself to do — fitness can be a lot of fun,” Shevlin said.

To sign up for Sunset Beach Yoga, call the Sanibel Health Club at 395-2639. To learn more about the Sanibel Health Club and their wide variety of fitness opportunities and facilities, go to www.SanibelHealthClub.com.