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— July 25, 2019

Outdoor Yoga at Siesta Key

By Samantha Hunter
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Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, but if you want a beach with benefits, Siesta Beach, also known as Siesta Key Beach, offers pristine white sand believed to have the power to heal.

Unlike most beach sand, Siesta Beach sand is 99% quartz. It’s not only cool and soft to the touch—the experience has been described as walking on cool powder—but quartz is regarded as the most powerful of the healing crystals. This explains why Siesta Beach was named “The Best Sand Beach in America” by The Travel Channel in 2004 and #1 US Beach by the Orlando Sentinel in 2015, and why it sees an estimated 350,000 tourists visiting each year.

These qualities make Siesta Beach an ideal location for yogis who want to practice barefoot.

Karen Mahlios, owner of Siesta Healing Holistic Spa & Wellness Center, lives on the beach herself and opened up the center a year ago after her daughter-in-law Amy was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She says that when people come to Siesta Key, they don’t want to leave.

“Siesta Key really is a special place: The people, the space, the breeze, the birds. There’s lots of wildlife around; the beauty of all of that nature does it for me,” says Mahlios, who believes the beach is a perfect yoga setting. “Just being able to be outside, being able to breathe, especially with the beautiful crystal quartz sand, it’s a different energy force.”

For those seeking a more enhanced and energized yoga experience, Mahlios offers outdoor yoga classes on the beach for $10 a session. For veterans and persons fighting cancer, the wellness center offers free classes.

Mahlios believes that self-care is crucial. ““Most people don’t take time for themselves anymore. I have people that come in and are like, ‘I don’t know why I waited so long,’ and then we have to teach them how to get into a routine of taking care of themselves,” says Mahlios, who also offers customized three-day yoga retreats on the beach, upon request.

In addition to indoor and outdoor yoga, the wellness center offers an herbalist, an acupuncturist and a nutritionist, as well as a salt room and massage therapy. To learn more, visit siestahealing.spa.com.
—Samantha Hunter

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