Yoga Instructor Aleksandra Eifler, RYT, is following a dream of teaching empowerment through body awareness on a beachfront.
It has been a vision of hers to teach yoga philosophy and techniques on the sand. That led her to start her company entitled, "Dream Big Yoga." Eifler has held yoga classes on the beachfront at Newton Park (located at 4650 Estero Blvd.) at two different times on Saturdays since late January.
"I just love the beach. It's always been my dream to do yoga outside. Newton Park is a nice, quiet and beautiful place," she said. "It's such a pleasure to be out there and see people walking by, taking my business cards and asking questions about classes."
Yoga Instructor Aleksandra Eifler teaches a yoga class in front of Newton park Saturday morning. If you would like to join her at either the morning or evening class, she can be reached at 297-9622.
Two one-hour classes are held at 9 a.m. at Newton Park and a third is held at 5 p.m. "Dynamic Flow" is the morning all-level yoga class that centers on not just sitting and stretching. It can be challenging.
"The beauty of yoga is that you can always adjust. There are many, many modifications in case there are a lot of beginners," she said.
"Kidsansana" is for children with another instructor that involves non-stop fun, laughter and empowering practice to develop awareness, uniqueness and kindness while mom or dad are taking his or her yoga class nearby. The kid class is unique to the Southwest Florida area, especially on sand. It strengthens their fragile confidence level.
"While parents are doing their class, they can see their kids having fun just a few steps away. Today, there are a lot of demands on children. They are so overwhelmed with their environment, appearance and what school has on them. They really don't know how to listen to themselves and find out what they want to be. The class uses breathing as a way to relax to relieve their stress."
The 5 p.m. class (which may move to 6:30 p.m. after April) is called "Gentle Flow," another all-level yoga class (one hour long) that is slower in movement. The session still releases tension, and you can rejuvenate while the sun lowers into the Gulf.
"The evening class is more gentle and slow because the body is more tired. Our bodies have a different energy at that time," she said. "It will nurture your mind, body and soul by helping alleviate stress and promote conscious relaxation."
Due to cooler weather, the Saturday morning class has been slow progressing, but warmer weather is in the future.
"People who do come see how they can connect to nature and to themselves. It's good to take a deep breath and do some yoga," she said. "Just being outside does positive things to our body and to our soul. Adding yoga, you will totally distress, forget about your future worries and let go of your past problems. You are aware that the present moment is the most important moment. That is what yoga is about."
Eifler's beach yoga program is called Suryasana, which she describes as "bowing to the sun." She believes the outdoor effect with yoga will lead more people to witness it as they stroll by on their daily walks instead of being trapped inside a studio.
"People sometimes are afraid to go to yoga studios," said Eifler. "On the beach, they can see how much fun it is and how good it is for them."
Eifler, who was born and raised in north Poland, is registered with Yoga Alliance. She completed 200 hours of teacher training with Baron Baptiste-affiliated studio "Bala Vinyasa Yoga" in Naples in February 2012. She also completed the Baptiste Journey Into Power Level One Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste. She is under contract with the Town of Fort Myers Beach until June, but hopes that is extended.
The yoga instructor says yoga turned her life around. She is now eating better and feels empowered. She wants to pass that on.
"In the classes, I like to share how yoga transformed my life," she said. 'My mantra is now, I can do anything.'"
Eifler points to her website -www.dream-big-yoga.com- to describe her mission. It reads: "My mission is to inspire you to feel your own importance, so you can live your life in harmony, joy and happiness. My deepest wish is to share my passion for yoga and help to transform lives. Yoga brought me strength, confidence, health, calmness, and inner peace. I want that you experience the same. With an open heart filled with loving-kindness, I will support your personal growth. My promise is being honest and impeccable with my word."
For many years, yoga has been known a great tool to seek long-term happiness, not just short-term happiness.
"For me, it is always very important to come back to nature," Eifler said. "So, teaching on the beach connects me with being on the beach and doing yoga.
"I am very, very happy to have this opportunity to have people join me and leave the class totally relaxed, smiling and empowered to make life changes in habits or lifestyles. It makes my heart smile."
Yoga at Newton Park
- Saturday, 9 a.m. - Dynamic Flow (all-level yoga class). All-level dynamic flow; Fee is $10 per class; call 297-9622.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. - Kidsansana (kids class); Fee is $5 per class; call 297-9622.
- Saturday, 5 p.m. Gentle Flow (all-level yoga class; Fee is $10 per class; call 297-9622