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Enjoy some yoga at the beach in Shelby Township after a long day

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 23, 2020

 Ivy Schwartz, who is also the media contact for the Shelby Gardeners Club, hosts a yoga class at Stony Creek Metropark every Monday and Wednesday during the summer. She also hosts yoga classes using paddleboards.

Ivy Schwartz, who is also the media contact for the Shelby Gardeners Club, hosts a yoga class at Stony Creek Metropark every Monday and Wednesday during the summer. She also hosts yoga classes using paddleboards.

Photo provided by Ivy Schwartz

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A long workday or some stressful events can take a toll on your body and your mind. Why not take some time for yourself and get out of the house and into some fresh air?

Doing some yoga on the beach can be a good way to do just that.

Ivy Schwartz, who is also the media contact for the Shelby Gardeners Club, hosts a yoga class at Stony Creek Metropark every Monday and Wednesday during the summer. The first class took place June 15, and the classes are held at Eastwood Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The classes last 11 weeks through Wednesday, Aug. 26.

During the classes, everyone sets up mats 6 feet apart in the grass. Masks are optional.

“This is my sixth year instructing at Eastwood. I have been active in the fitness biz since 1979; I initiated and supervised Vic Tanny Aerobics, 1980-1990. I continue to move,” she said in an email.

Schwartz said her mantra is “Motion is the lotion.”

She said the yoga classes focus a lot on postures and breathing, and with having to wear a mask lately, it can be refreshing.

“YOPI is a fusion of yoga flows and postures with biomechanically sound Pilates exercises to build the core and increase flexibility. All flows and exercises are rooted in the importance of the breath. The bridge to movement,” she said.

She said the most recent class had 15 YOPI enthusiasts who were happy to be outside to move and breathe in Stony Creek.

Participants bring friends and family members to share in the joy of movement. The classes are open to anyone, and the ages range from 10 years old to seniors.

“Yoga poses are instructed through rhythm and repetition. Balance with breath is always addressed, either in a flow of connected movements or in a fitness challenge. In the words of Joseph Pilates, you are as strong as your core and as young as your spine is flexible. Happiness is rooted in your physicality,” Schwartz said.

Rose Krockta, who works at Balian Eye Center, said the class is a great activity to do after working many hours a day with a mask on her face.

“Ivy’s YOPI class is literally a breath of fresh air. Always challenging, but fun. No two classes are the same, so it’s not boring. Since I wear a mask nine hours a day, it’s nice to come to class to concentrate on good breathing, balance and flexibility. It also relieves my stress of the day and helps me be more aware of my posture. Ivy is always encouraging. Last, but not least, the view is amazing,” she said by phone.

Another type of class that is offered is paddleboard yoga, in which yoga students do yoga on a paddleboard in the water.

Drop-ins are welcome through Aug. 26. Package rates or daily rates are $8 drop-in or five classes for $35.

For more information on the classes, email ivysfitnet@comcast.net or the event Facebook page Ivy’s FitNet.