Yoga at the beach: Rowe’s free outdoor yoga classes still going strong 

  • Kate Peppard teaching yoga at Pelham Lake Park. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • Yoga class participants at Rowe's yoga program. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • Yoga class participants at Rowe's yoga program. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • Yoga class participants at Rowe's yoga program. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • Yoga class participants at Rowe's yoga program. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

Staff Writer
Published: 8/5/2022 5:54:47 PM
Modified: 8/5/2022 5:51:41 PM

ROWE — On a sandy beach facing a picturesque mountainside, seven town residents stand in mountain pose on top of their yoga mats.

These residents are participating in the free yoga class program offered by the Rowe Park Commission. The town offers the classes at Pelham Lake Park on the beach for as long as the weather is warm enough to be outside.

“We’ve lasted until November some years,” Laurie Pike, a member of the Park Commission, said. “People want to be immersed in the environment as long as possible.”

The program shifts to the fitness center in the town hall when the weather gets too cold, and has been hosted over Zoom since the pandemic began. Normally six to 12 people attend classes, enjoying this free service offered by the town.

“This gives people the opportunity to go outside and use other Rowe facilities paid for by taxpayers,” Pike said.

The program pays for one class a week, but for the next month the class has received a grant from the Rowe Cultural Council to offer a second class a week. This program has run in the town for the past 20 years.

Yoga Instructor Kate Peppard currently runs the class, and worked for Rowe for the past five years. She is leaving at the end of the month. Peppard blends multiple types of yoga into the class, including hasa and vinyasa. “We do a lot of slow sequences,” she said.

“It provides relaxation, mental health, calm, balance, and a supporting environment,” Pike said when asked what residents can expect to get out of the classes. 

Peppard invites newcomers to exercise and experienced yogis alike to join the classes.

“Kate provides modifications to all levels,” Pike said.

Rowe residents only

The program is only offered to Rowe residents. Rowe vehicle stickers will be checked in the Pelham Lake Parking lot to ensure identification.

Yoga classes will take place on Pelham Lake Beach Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., until it is too cold to spend time outside.

Bella Levavi can be reached at blevavi@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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