Yoga lovers get fit and flow on Alabama’s beaches

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Three-day yoga festival takes place April 21-23 at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. 

Yogis from across the Southeast will gather at Gulf State Park to dive in to their practice, discover new styles and celebrate the beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Awakened Life Yoga Festival from April 21-23, 2017. 

There are a variety of restorative classes available during the  Awakened Life Yoga Festival taking place April 21-23, 2017. Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

There are a variety of restorative classes available during the Awakened Life Yoga Festival taking place April 21-23, 2017.
Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

Practice various styles of yoga while overlooking the beautiful waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Awakened Life Yoga Festival from April 21-23. Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

Practice various styles of yoga while overlooking the beautiful waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Awakened Life Yoga Festival from April 21-23.
Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

The annual festival is a family-friendly yoga retreat incorporating a variety of practices including power vinyasa, Buti, acro, restorative, kundalini and much more. Each night will end with a gathering filled with music and fellowship. The event lineup features several regional stars including Michelle Baker, director and founder of Swan River Yoga in New Orleans, who will perform with her group Bhakti Caravan, and Grayson Capps, award-winning musician based in Mobile, Ala. Guests will also have the option to rent paddleboards, kayaks and bikes to use throughout the weekend.  

Attendees enjoy a nighttime drum circle at the 2016 Awakened Life Yoga Festival. Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

Attendees enjoy a nighttime drum circle at the 2016 Awakened Life Yoga Festival.
Credit: Bonnie Gustin Photography

In celebration of Earth Day, there will be a relay race on the morning of April 22. The race will be comprised of amusing obstacle courses, suitable for all ages, benefitting the Gulf Coast Youth Mindfulness Project (GCYMP), a non-profit youth empowerment organization focused on improving the well-being of local children and teens. To learn more about GCYMP visit GCYMProject.org.

Campers can choose from lakeside and beachside tent camping or private cabins. One package in particular, the Spa Retreat Package, includes a private cabin, all-access festival pass, Swedish massage, Thai massage and one-hour session with empowerment catalyst and spiritual teacher Tracey Owens. There are also daily and single event passes available. For more information on ticket pricing and the event lineup, visit AwakenedLifeYogaFestival.com.

Beach guests also have many other ways to stay in shape and keep up with their daily physical activities while vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. To find out which exercise facilities and studios offer weekly and visitors passes, visit GulfShores.com/Things-To-Do/Spas-Fitness/Fitness.aspx.