By Jano Tantongco
Yoga in a calm, tranquil atmosphere can purify the soul and help still the mind, said Adam Levy, co-owner of SOUND Body & Mind. The studio, which overlooks the water of Huntington Harbor, is taking that philosophy to the next level with rooftop classes allowing yoga lovers to greet the sun as it rises.
“There’s a good breeze that comes right off the sound. It’s a pretty serene setting that we have,” Levy said. “Obviously, in the summer, a lot of people like to take their workouts outdoors. People just want to spend more time outside and get more sun. A lot of people are actually pretty deficient when it comes to Vitamin D.”
The classes, which started last weekend, will be offered each Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. through early July. Costs range $20 for a single class, to $35 for the studio’s new, two-week unlimited pass that includes the outdoor sessions.
Levy owns the 125 West Shore Road studio with his wife, Jill. The couple, which also teaches classes themselves, opened SOUND last September to provide an accessible community of yoga practitioners catering to all shapes, sizes and ages.
They also have a team of eight other instructors who teach the gamut of courses, including aerial yoga, a strength circuit, candlelight meditation and restorative yoga.
Levy said the outdoor sessions will go over vinyasa flow, a style of yoga that employs energetic movements between postures to keep up a faster pace than normal. But, he added, the classes are suitable for a range of levels.
And, Levy said, the outdoor warmth makes for a natural style of “hot” yoga that can more deeply stimulate muscles and promote relaxation.