When people ask if I’m a yogi, I respond: Um, define yogi?
I enjoy the practice, I have a studio I like going to, but I’m in no way a yoga master destined for a retreat on a mountain top in Nepal to meditate for four days straight. However, poolside at the W Fort Lauderdale? I can handle that.
The hotel is hosting an outdoor class during the sunset on July 29 at 8 p.m. with Tara Stiles, who founded Strala Yoga studio in New York City and has also ventured into writing her own cookbook, fitness writing, and a clothing collaboration with Reebok. She will lead an hour-long class by the hotel’s WET Deck — other fun activities during the yoga event include mini treatments from Bliss Spa, music from DJ Jonny Eso, and food from her “Make Your Own Rules” cookbook.
Never done yoga before? No worries, when poses get too difficult, you can move into child’s pose or shavasana and it’ll still be considered a successful yoga practice. Yogis are flexible like that; no pun intended.
I’m especially eager to attend this event after the fun I had at the hotel’s “Once in a Blue Moon” yoga night, fit with glow-in-the-dark paint, music, kombucha, and snacks. Plus, with plans to meet up with friends for a night out afterwards, it’ll be like all the calories I’m going to consume never happened (that’s how it works, right?).
Where: W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale
Time: Registration starts at 7 p.m. and Tara will hit the mat at 8 p.m.
Notes: Bring your own mat!