We live right down the beach from Ak'Bol "yoga retreat and eco-resort".  Back in the fall, I bid on and won a series of six lessons in the Saga Humane Society's silent auction.  I had only done yoga for a short time through a weekly class at work, which had been discontinued due to budget cuts during the Nortel bankruptcy, so I was feeling very rusty.  

I started attending class at Ak'bol every Saturday morning towards the end of 2011 and loved it.  Once my gift certificate ran out, I knew I had to continue on with it.  Kirsten is an amazing teacher and makes everyone, even a relative novice like me, feel welcome.  Even though I still have a long way to go, I can already tell that I've become stronger and more flexible from my newfound yoga practice.  This "me time" is one of the highlights of my week, and I always finish the class feeling more peaceful and relaxed than I started.

Barry took photos this morning along the way to class and during the class as well.   
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Ak'bol palapa over the water visible from Grand Caribe dock
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It's just a short walk down the beach path...
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Class is held in the palapa over the water -- a perfect setting catching the ocean breezes.
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Before class
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Tree pose
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Namaste...

I love yoga there too! It's the foundation to my days.
Glad you've discovered it.

Too all the nay-sayers that say "I cannot do Yoga"...phooey...Yoga is for everyone, even those with previous injuries, back issues, and other health issues.

Yoga is restorative and strengthening for ALL bodies, but the mind has got to be open to it first.

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BeBelize Emily
1/21/2012 10:52:40 pm

I agree with a caveat -- Kirsten talked to a woman after class the Saturday before last who was really struggling with some of the postures. Turns out, as she told Kirsten, she'd broken her femur (I believe) and had had surgeries on it, so she was very limited in what she could do on that side. Kirsten told her that she should not just "drop in" on a class without telling the instructor about this. She also recommended several private lessons to start so that she (or another instructor) could work on modifications to support this woman's physical limitations so she wouldn't injure herself.

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Loretta
1/22/2012 02:49:45 am

I will have to try this!

can you PLEASE talk the Lazy Croc out of closing down???

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BeBelize Emily
1/22/2012 04:22:18 am

I only wish I could, Loretta. Seems their minds are made up. Perhaps they'll open again one day. We sure miss them!

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4/6/2012 02:05:06 am

What a great environment to practice yoga! I practiced my yoga this morning, which I love! Can't wait to practice yoga in the tropics!

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BeBelize Emily
4/6/2012 02:29:46 am

It is the highlight of my week here, Cheryl. Really does my soul (and body) good! There is nothing like doing yoga over the sea with wind and water all around. Mind-blowing!

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