Definition - What does Beach Yoga mean?
Beach yoga is the practice of yoga in the relaxing setting of the beach, pairing the soothing influence of ocean waves with a calming yet energizing asana practice. Many studies have shown the stress-reducing qualities of yoga practice, but more recent research confirms that spending time near a body of water reduces stress.
It's not just the sound of the crashing waves that melds nicely with a yoga practice. The smell of the beach, feel of the sand and sight of the seemingly endless water and sky all affect the brain in a way that creates a calming influence.
Yogapedia explains Beach Yoga
Most styles of yoga practiced in the West can be incorporated into a Beach yoga class or individual practice. Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga and vinyasa flow are just some of the types of yoga showing up on beaches. Sunrise and sunset classes are particularly popular. And while Beach yoga may be commonly associated with the ocean, classes are held just about anywhere you find a beach, including lakes and rivers.
Although yoga mats are welcome in Beach yoga, beach towels are just as appropriate, and some yogis practice without either, preferring the soft texture of the sand.