Yoga is a great holistic exercise for the mind and body, making it perfect for all ages and levels of experience. Fortunately, Sarasota has many different types of classes to choose from—all without having to return to a traditional yoga studio just yet. From laughter yoga in the park to full moon yoga on the beach, here are some great ways to achieve relaxation, all for free.
Laughter Yoga at Centennial Park
200 West Venice Avenue, Venice, Saturdays at 10 a.m., www.laughteryogavenice.com
Get giggling with Laughter Yoga Venice on Saturday mornings at Centennial Park. Enjoy a series of poses and breathing exercises that stimulate laughter and help produce happy hormones, or endorphins and dopamine. Your body can't tell the difference between real or fake laughter, and it's all beneficial and fun. No registration necessary. Just show up with your mat—and maybe a silly joke or two.
Venice Beach Yoga with Elin
Venice Beach Pavilion, Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. and every morning at 8 a.m., www.yogawithelin.us
All levels are welcome to join morning or sunset beach yoga sessions with Elin, a certified yoga teacher based in Venice. Yogis of all ages can experience the benefits of gentle motion and join a supportive community of fellow practitioners looking for relaxation on the beach. No reservations needed; bring a water bottle and yoga mat.
Full Moon Yoga on Siesta Key
10 Beach Road, Sarasota, Access Point 7, Classes held once a month; times vary. www.facebook.com/groups/siestafullmoonyoga/
Try practicing yoga under the bright, full moon at Siesta Key Beach. Classes are hosted once a month by Alicia Stevens, owner of Sarasota's Full Moon Yoga. Join the class's Facebook group for updates on dates and times, which are subject to change. All levels are welcome and no registration is necessary. Just show up ready to practice in the moonlight.
Thrive Beach Yoga on Anna Maria Island
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island, (by the Sandbar restaurant), Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., www.thriveyogafit.com
Enjoy beach yoga every weekend morning on Anna Maria Island with Thrive Yoga and Fitness. This hour-long class is suitable for all levels and ages, and will get your heart pumping while also deepening your connection to your breath. Donations to the studio are accepted; bring your yoga mat or beach blanket to use on the sand.
Yoga at Bob Gardner Community Park
710 White Eagle Blvd, Bradenton, second Sunday of every month at 9 a.m., www.lakewoodranch.com
Join the Yoga Shack at Lakewood Ranch for free yoga classes at Bob Gardner Community Park on the second Sunday of every month. This fun flow will have you sweating and enjoying nature at the park's grassy gathering spot. Classes are an hour-long and free, no registration required. Come with your yoga mat or towel.