In our years at Swankey Events as wedding planners, no matter how calm, cool, and collected our brides-to-be are, there’s always a certain level of stress and nerves that come with the wedding day. We all have our techniques for de-stressing, and one that’s incredibly popular is yoga. We’re noticing a trend in requests from our brides about adding a yoga practice to their wedding weekend. Whether it’s an activity that you do on the day of your rehearsal or a morning of the wedding practice, it’s a great way to add a little bit of zen to your big day.
Of course, this is something we can completely customize. You could opt for a private class with your bridesmaids onsite at a local yoga studio. Perhaps a class on the beach sounds blissful. An teacher can come to you for a private lesson onsite at your hotel or wedding venue. Or you could just drop in on a regularly scheduled class. Key West is full of talented yogis and beautiful studios.
Here’s a few of our favorite studios that give you a wide range of yoga options for your wedding day or wedding weekend.
Established in Key West in 2005 by Sofia Artola, Shakti Yoga has a loyal following of local Key West yogis. With an emphasis on Hatha and Vinyasa flow, classes are both challenging and thoughtful. Her dynamic roster of teachers present a variety of classes offering something for everyone. Whether you’d like to focus on breathing and stretching, or a more vigorous power practice on your wedding day, Shakti can tailor make a class for you.
If you’re hooked on Bikram, then there’s no need for us to explain the benefits of this intense, detoxifying hot yoga practice of set sequences. Key West’s studio offers a reliable schedule of classes at convenient times throughout the day. If this is your thing, drop in on one of their classes–they can’t take the heat to you! If you’ve never tried Bikram, however, your wedding weekend probably isn’t the time to find out what it’s all about. The intense heat can sometimes leave newbies light-headed and nauseous, but true devotees get past this to its feel good benefits.
One of the newest studios in town, Key West Yoga Sanctuary has become a bastion for the Key West yogi. Founded by Gretchen Mills, the idea is to bring attention to consciousness both on and off the mat. The lovely studio is a tranquil environment offering a variety of yoga styles (and Pilates) from some of the best teachers on the island.
If you’re interested in adding a yoga practice to your wedding weekend, we’d be happy to discuss the possibilities, make arrangements, and visit studios on any of your planning trips.
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