Every Sunday morning in the summer, Shanti Cape Town has a yoga class on Camps Bay Beach. It's the most brilliant idea - if you can get your arse to the beach by 7.15am, before the rest of Cape Town wakes up, that is!
I hauled my ass out of bed this morning to do just that and am I glad I did it. There were 6 of us on the grassy patch just by the beach, in front of Caprice, and we went through a Mysore-style class up till Navasana. Mysore-style is basically when you go through the Ashtanga series on your own, without a teacher leading the class. But the 6 of us were instinctively keeping a similar rhythm with each other, since we all started at the same time.
I can't even begin to explain the feeling of practicing in the outdoors, with the dramatic natural backdrop of Cape Town... In front of me was the Atlantic Ocean, and every time I came to Downward Dog I had the 12 Apostles mountains behind me to gaze at, and with Upward Dog or Backbend prep, I was staring up at the blue, blue African sky. Not to mention the sound of the waves gently soothing me till I almost fell asleep in Savasana. It was such an awesome experience. I'm feeling connected and ready to start my Sunday!
It happens every Sunday if the weather's good, and Ulrike sms's you the night before to let you know if it's on or off. Contact Ulrike from Shanti Cape Town if you want to be on the list!