By: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
GREENWICH, N.J. — Namaste, South Jersey.
The Eastern Sky Co-Op’s poolside class in Greenwich offers one of the more serene atmospheres a South Jersey yoga class has to offer. It’s taught by Kristy Lively, one of the Co-Op’s yoga instructors who always aims to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment for all of her students — especially those who are new to the course.
“For a new person, my focus is actually for them to feel comfortable,” Lively said. “I don’t want them to feel alienated. I don’t want to give them anything that’s too difficult that makes them feel yoga is not for them. Introducing things to show them that they can so they can build confidence and keep coming.”
Lively’s Sundown Benefit Series takes place on the lawn of the newly-renovated family estate in Greenwich. Students in the class have the option to have some wine and take a dip in the estate’s heated pool if they so choose.
Whether you’re an experienced yoga nut or someone trying to build strength, the poolside class has something for everyone.
“Yoga is really great because you get your range of movement, you stretch, and it’s strengthening. I’m really into yoga, and I really appreciate what it can do for you,” Edwin Rupert, a student in the class, said. “This is a lovely class in a lovely place with nice people.”
Kate Thompson, another student in Lively’s class, is a runner who is using yoga to recover from an injury. She said the class was “just what [she] needed” as she deals with tight, tense muscles.
As summer draws to a close, there are only two classes remaining as part of the Sundown Benefit Series. These classes will take place on September 20 and 27, and entry costs $10. If you want to take a dip in the pool after the class, however, the cost is increased to $15.
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