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The Trust for Public Land is a collective working to help conserve public land because everyone should have a healthy connection to nature. Parks, working lands, and sanctuaries are vital to providing such locations to the public. Since 1972, they have protected three million acres and completed more than 5,000 park and conservation projects. Despite these successes, open space in America is disappearing at a rate of 6,000 acres a day. Choosing to work together, we can reverse this decline – for the health of our families, our communities, and our future.
Help protect our precious lands — and keep this land our land, because we need more places to downward dog.

Ahhhh, Florida…. a beautiful place to live and visit. As a yogi, I am constantly looking for peaceful, serene environments that support yogic philosophies in which to practice and teach. I prefer these places to be outside where natural beauty abounds and a deeper sense of being is more easily achieved.  Fortunately in sunny, south-west Florida, we are blessed to have plenty of options. Personally, I love the beaches. I love each of them for different reasons, for as any Floridian will tell you, a great beach is not just sand and water. Below is my top 3 picks for the best beaches in SW Florida for yoga. Can’t wait to see you out there!

My Favorite Parks In SW Florida

  1. Lover’s Key Beach: Located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach on Estero Blvd. Lover’s Key state parks is a stunning beach and the most easily accessed of my top picks. The beach is an incredibly large area with over two and a half miles of coastline. The expansiveness makes it a perfect location for teaching classes of any size, as well as, a great place to slip away for personal practice.
  2. Turner Beach: Situated cozily between Sanibel & Captiva islands, this beautiful beach has an excellent vantage point for West Coast sunsets. The sand (like all SW FL beaches) is crushed shells, so soft it squeaks as you walk on it.
  3. Mound Key: Just northeast of the southern tip of Fort Myers Beach, this island, was constructed from shells deposited by the Calusa Indians more than 2,000 years ago. This is where the tribe chief would greet the sun each morning as it rose and that is precisely the best time for yoga on the mound! Accessible by boat only, a canoe will get you and your mat there no problem.

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Get ready to slip off your shoes, dig your toes in and loose yourself if the glory of the great Florida beaches! While you are there, remember to take pictures of you, your friends and family enjoying the bounty of our parks and to share them. The Trust for Public Land is an organization whose mission is to create and protect parks and other natural places, right in your own back yard, particularly those in and near metropolitan areas where 80% of Americans live. Help them help us all by raising awareness of the importance of our public parks and preserves.