Sol Shine Yoga offers a full schedule of yoga classes Monday through Friday at its studio on 53rd Street in Marathon, Fla., as well as weekly Stand Up Paddle Board yoga classes out on the water. Studio owner Amanda Minton also brings mats to a free “commUNITY” yoga practice Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. at the first entrance area to Sombrero Beach in order to have participants soak up the sun, enjoy the sounds of palm fronds swaying in the breeze and delight in families and visitors soaking up the relaxing scenery. Yoga instructor Minton also offers beach classes Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Once you’ve done yoga and felt the shifting sand beneath your mat, you’ll appreciate the enhanced workout it gives.
In addition to group classes, private yoga sessions at the studio or in a student’s home are offered. “Private sessions are excellent for individuals looking to reach specific goals, a great bonding experience for couples, and a special treat to relax a bride on her big day,” said Minton, who has completed a qualifying 200-hour program and become registered with Yoga Alliance. Minton said she found yoga when, “like a lot of people,” she was going “through a personal issue.” She began doing two classes of yoga a day and learned how good it felt to be mindful of her movement; she found the silence and wholeness within her own body. She knew then she wanted to share yoga with others. “I want people to dump their problems and come and feel safe and begin to heal themselves.”
She is inclusive in her approach. There are memberships for year round residents, seasonal residents, and on a monthly and $15 per class drop-in basis. There are also specials for teachers, non-profit organizations’ employees, and the like. Veterans are welcome to attend a free class each Thursday at 2 p.m. Kids, too, have their own class.
The Marathon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to show off the studio, and for business people to meet the staff on Saturday, Feb. 6, although the studio officially opened last August 2015. Minton originally found the space near Publix, called the landlord, John Conlin, and he encouraged her to open a studio. “I want a yoga studio here,” he told her. So did she. “I sent him a deposit that day,” she said.
The yoga instructor came up with the name of the studio a while ago, saying she loves the alliteration of it, as well as the homophone of soul and sol meaning sun in Spanish. Minton said she wants the sun and souls to shine in her studio and in Marathon. Originally from Charleston, S.C., a work internship and a boyfriend brought her to Marathon on and off for five years. Minton said she ended up in Marathon because people always welcomed her back “home” when they saw her after an absence, and she realized then it really had become home. For more information, call 843-830-0428 or visit www.solshineyogastudio.com.