Yoga is one of the most popular practices to enrich the mind and the body. The practice was originally developed thousands of years ago in India; however, it's also incredibly popular in Western culture.
The many benefits of yoga include improving balance, strength and flexibility and relieving back pain. Yoga also aids sleep, heart health, mental health and helps manage stress and arthritis, according to studies done by John Hopkins Medicine and the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
If you want to feel these benefits yourself, join one of these unique yoga events happening in Sarasota this weekend.
Saturday, March 12th at 8:45 a.m., (941) 371-6377, bigcathabitat.org
Do some yoga with two silver foxes named Stormy and Miko. The event, hosted by local yogi Erika Cain, will raise funds for Big Cat Habitat's fox habitat. Relax and make some furry friends while deepening the mind and body connection. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. and the 60-minute event starts at 9:00 a.m. The price is $125 per person and includes the yoga session, hands-on animal experience, and a single-day pass to the habitat during regular business hours. Bring your own yoga mat, towel and a prop to help you during the practice, if needed. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Saturday, March 12th at 10:30 a.m., (941) 371-6377, bigcathabitat.org
Do some morning yoga with two ruffed lemurs named Marley and Ziggy. Immerse yourself in the experience while improving your mind-body connection. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the session starts at 10:45 a.m. Like fox yoga, this 60-minute session is $125 per person and includes the class, the animal experience and a single-day pass to Big Cat Habitat during regular business hours. Bring a mat, towel and prop if you need one. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Saturday, March 12th, at 10:30 a.m., fruitvillegrovefarm.com/goatyoga
Take a beginner-friendly yoga session surrounded by goats. You’re sure to laugh with these acrobatic animals. Guests under 16 must have a parent/guardian with them to participate. No spectators are allowed, but participants can take photos and video. Bring your own mat, towels, blankets or props to use during this session. Cost is $30 per person.
Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra and Sound Meditation
Thursday, March 17th, at 6:00 p.m., heatheradempsey.com/heart-space-center
Yoga nidra is the science of deep relaxation that can increase immune and digestive function and promote better sleeping patterns. It can also help release old habits you may want to to change, like worry, fatigue and stress. Come to this event, which includes a sound meditation, to realign your mind and body. Cost is $35 per person for a 60-minute class at Heart Space Center in Venice. Be sure to bring your yoga mat, water and a towel.
Yoga at the Umbrella House
Saturday, March 19th, at 10 a.m., eventbrite.com
The iconic Umbrella House in Lido Shores will host a yoga event under its restored shade-giving "umbrella." This architectural feature keeps the patio and pool area cool while still allowing the sun to shine through. Bring your own mat, towel, water bottle and prop, if needed. Cost is $40 per person.