Gentle Candlelight Yoga (North)

End your day with the tranquility of our gentle candlelight yoga class. Make a mind-body connection that will aid you as you work to improve your body’s flexibility and strength. The focus of this class is to gently explore what your body can do and then honor those accomplishments without judgment. Mostly seated poses, lots of stretching, with some meditation and/or pranayama (breath work). A perfect way to relax at the end of a long day or to rejuvenate your spirt any time. All levels are welcome. No experience needed. Attend this class over time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly your flexibility and strength and increases as does your ability to quieten your mind and find your inner peace.

Temperature: Comfortable

Level: Beginner

Class Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Trainer Address
Tuesday 5:30 pm 6:30 pm Kathy Shirley 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Thursday 5:30 pm 6:30 pm Jessica Shafer 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - with Kathy Shirley - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Thursday
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - with Jessica Shafer - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037

I began practicing yoga at home 17 years ago and loved it, but never really committed to a full on practice. When I attended my first real yoga class with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois 9 years ago, I fell in love with this ancient practice. A year later, I traveled to Costa Rica to complete my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and am currently registered with the Yoga Alliance. In the spring of 2014, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a 6 week intensive training in Hatha Yoga to complete my 500 YTT. The last 8 years, I have been teaching yoga and sharing my passion for this transformative practice. Like many yogis, I had longed for me connection to my spiritual side and yoga has helped me find that missing link. After teaching for 5 years, I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and open the North Studio in May. I just had to share this journey with as many people as possible! Later in November of 2014 we opened the South location to continue to grow the yoga community and spread the love of yoga. I hope this journey finds each and every one of you! My philosophy on yoga or what it means to me to act from a state of yoga is very simple. I have two famous texts that I read from daily, The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These two ancient texts have transformed my way of thinking and being. Two quotes from the Gita play a vital role in my daily living. The Gita states, yoga is "skillfulness in action" and "Yoga is equanimity and equilibrium". These quotes show me my capacity as a yogi to be able to act skillfully to produce positive results in all aspects of my life, on and off the mat. When I am faced with life's challenge that bring up fears, my ego and limitations of my mind, I am better able to remain in a calm state and approach the situation with evenness. I am not always successful, but I work on this daily and remind myself of these quotes when I am feeling out of balance or am faced with challenges that are difficult to face. Then Patanjali says that "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind". Ahhh, he clearly states that the practice of "yoga" is the ability to still the mind and release the ego. If only it were that easy to allow the monkey mind to quiet and live in the moment every single day. This is why I practice. My daily sadhana on and off my yoga mat is how I experience my world. I realize that my practice fluctuates and changes but my commitment to my practice never wanes and it brings me closer to freedom one baby step at a time!

Jessica grew up in Syracuse, NY and moved to Key Largo in 2007.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors in Inclusive Education and a masters in Special Education and taught 2/3rd graders in NY for six years before moving to the Keys to take a teaching position at Key Largo School where she primarily works with students who have severe disabilities.  Looking for a stress release and another form of exercise besides training in the gym, Jess started practicing yoga back in 2013.  After seeing all of the benefits yoga had to offer both on and off the mat she started working on her children's yoga certification so she could bring yoga to first, her own students and then eventually all of Key Largo School.  The next step was to obtain her 200 HR RYT which she did right here at Key Largo Yoga in April 2017.