Body / Living Well

SWFL’s Yoga Instructors Put a Fresh Spin on Flow Sessions

Balance while on a boat, flow on a rooftop or get bendy with an aerial yoga class with these local teachers.

BY June 29, 2023
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(Photo Courtesy Revival Yoga)

Express Yourself

It’s all about energy and expression at Edric’s Yoga & Conscious Movement Class at Fort Myers’ Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s rooftop sculpture garden, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Instructor Edric Brathwaite starts class with breathing and meditation exercises to connect you with your surroundings. “We could laugh, or just scream out or run around like we are crazy,” Edric says. No two classes are the same. If it rains, he brings the class into one of the galleries, where art-adorned walls inspire creative flows.

Make Waves

Copacetic Sailing takes up to seven guests for Saturday flow sessions on the deck of their catamaran. Captain Joel Andrews, and his wife, certified yoga instructor Joann, sail off Fort Myers Beach, starting at 7:30 a.m. for the 1.5-hour class, customized to your skill level. While the 36-foot boat provides a  smooth ride, the Gulf’s lapping tide lends an extra balance challenge.

Hang Loose

Try Revival Yoga’s CBD Infused Restorative in Silks for a surprisingly approachable aerial experience. Megan Keough Doyle, a massage therapist and yoga instructor, guides you through low-to-the-ground, suspended positions while massaging CBD oil onto your neck, arms and shoulders. The 2-foot-high silks allow you more room to bend into restorative, slow-flowing yin poses. The class wraps with a yoga nidra meditation for floating-on-air vibes.

Take to the Skies

Calling all thrill-seekers: The Heli-Yoga class from Fort Myers’ Str8 Up Aviation was born from a wellness program pilot Gavin Cresswell and his yogi wife, Tania Melkonian, created in 2013 to help him deal with the stress of flight school. The couple takes up to five guests on 2.5-hour journeys, departing from Page Field airport and landing on remote beaches on Upper Captiva and the Ten Thousand Islands for slow and steady restorative yin flows or active vinyasas. Gavin takes the longer route back to bank on the views.

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