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Ten yoga events to welcome the full moon

From happy hour yoga to horseback riding yoga, here's what's going on this week

Yoga has surged in popularity among adults in the U.S. over the past few years. According to the Yoga Alliance, 36.7 million Americans are practicing yoga this year, as compared to 20.4 million in 2012. There are multiple styles, such as vinyasa, kundalini and ashtanga. Each have physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

Whether you've never been on the mat or you're a handstanding fool, there's an option on this list for you. From yoga on a horse to yoga at a bar, these sessions will let you welcome the full moon on Saturday in a unique way.

 

 

Wednesday, May 18

Yoga and Qigong with Juan Pablo Barahona

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; 305-673-7256; MBGarden.org/Tickets

After his brother was diagnosed with epilepsy, Juan Pablo Barahona and his family traveled the world in search of holistic solutions. These travels inspired Barahona, who has been teaching yoga, holistic nutrition, energy medicine, sound healing and holistic therapies for the last 15 years.

Barahona will fly in from Costa Rica to lead a Qigong – Five Element yoga practice called "Realign Yourself with the Rhythms of Nature" at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Qigong incorporates breathing technique, postures and setting intentions. The class aims to connect yogis with nature while strengthening the body and relieving stress. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Thursday, May 19

Full moon vinyasa yoga

Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; 305-235-1668 ext. 233; http://1.usa.gov/256MhLX

Welcome the full moon with a vinyasa flow. Vinyasa combines breathing with a series of postures to create a flow that leaves the yoga practicer feeling strong and rejuvenated. will lead the sunset yoga class with Kashmir Shaivism, "a meditative practice that involves visualizations," "connecting the body [and] heart to its full potential of awakening," according to the event's Facebook site. Kashmir Shaivism is intentionally practiced during the full moon to further enhance healing.

The $15 class is intended for beginners or intermediates ages 16 and up, and starts at 6:30.

Yoga Happy Hour

The bar at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306Miami.com

This laid-back all-levels yoga class meets 6:30 p.m . every Thursday at the bar. In addition to the happy hour specials at 1306, there will be a 50-percent discount for each yoga participant's first drink. Bring your friends to fill up on good energy and cocktails. The yoga class is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Deep Frequency Yoga

WeWork Lincoln Road, 350 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; http://bit.ly/1R4wFvc

A free yoga class in a collaborative space, Deep Frequency will combine deep house music with yoga to create a revitalizing experience. There will be free shots from Shamanic Tonic, a local spot creating concoctions made with super foods such as kava root extract, goji berries, wheatgrass and reishi mushrooms. The class begins at 6:30 p.m.

Other local vendors who will be present include BelloBody, which specializes in plant-based skincare, and Love Life Café, a vegan café within the Love Life Wellness Center in Wynwood.

Newbie Flow

OM Yoga & Wellness Studio, 410 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach; 561-410-0162; OMYogaWellness.com

A perfect class for the curious, this yoga session will teach classic postures to beginners, though all levels are welcome. The hour class begins at 10:45 a.m. and costs $15 for drop-ins.

Yoga at the Barn

Boca Riding Club, 16489 Winners Circle, Delray Beach; 561-305-2855; BocaRidingClub.com

For those who want to mix it up from their usual practice on a mat, Boca Riding Club will host a yoga class at their barn at 6:30 p.m. The relaxing session will take partner yoga to a new level as yogis can try a few stretches on a horse. The class will be outdoors and will focus on breathing and stretching. Tickets are $21 in advance or $25 for drop-ins.

Friday, May 20

Yoga Gangsters Outreach Training

305 Yoga Miami Lakes, 6175 NW 153rd St., Suite 329, Hialeah; 305-917-5886; 305Yoga.com

Use your yoga to help others. Yoga Gangsters is an organization that brings yoga to schools, jails, non-profits and rehab facilities, with the hopes of helping those at-risk. This 15-hour training session will be held over three days and will certify yoga-lovers so that they may volunteer with youth at these facilities. The weekend workshop is $299.

Turn Up Friday with Raw Yoga

Raw Juce, 197 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-609-2871; RawJuce.com

Raw Juce sells healthy juices, shots, acai bowls and salads but this Friday at 6 p.m., they will also host a free yoga class. Heather Berg of Boca's Yoga Journey will lead the rooftop class while DJ Sal provides music. In true happy-hour fashion, there will also be light bites and, of course, Juce.

Full Moon Yoga

Surfcomber South Beach, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-7715

Enjoy a night of free yoga at the Surfcomber in South Beach. Two well-known Miami-based yoga instructors, Sharon Aluma and Pablo Lucero, will lead the full moon class starting at 7 p.m. Following the class, a "yogi social" will be held at the Surfcomber's High Tide Restaurant. Be sure to bring your own mat.

R&R Restorative Chakra Yoga and Reiki

The Prana Lab, Yoga & Wellness Sanctuary, 16614 Saddle Club Road, Weston; 954-888-9008; ThePranaLab.com

This restorative class will reset any yogi. There will be live crystal bowl music during the chakra-based class, intended to awaken all of your senses. There will be aromatherapy and Reiki massages for each participant. The event is $55 per person and is from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

TJMedina@SouthFlorida.com / @MedinasMedia

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