Best Yoga Beaches on the Isle of Wight
When the sun warms the sand, there is nothing more delicious than pottering down to the beach with your yoga mat beneath your arm, for a seaside practice al-fresco.
The Isle of Wight has some wonderful quiet spots, places you can abandon your self-consciousness, stretch and strengthen the body, breathe deeply and connect to the natural delights of your surroundings to create some precious head space in your day. Early mornings are best if you want some peace, privacy and quiet. We have many dog free beaches, but some of the more remote settings are dog friendly so be prepared for the odd curious friendly hound interrupting your sun salutes. For the ultimate beach yoga experience you can make the sea your studio - taking a Stand Up Paddleboard out into sheltered coves and remote anchorages for some SUP Yoga.
Colwell Beach - take an early mornings potter to the end of western end of the seawall. If the beach hut owners aren’t there they don’t mind if you borrow their deck. There is always the seawall otherwise at low water you can be on the sand. Evenings here have the most spectacular sunsets with moody Ibiza beats pulsing out of the beach bar restaurant The Hut, perfect for a post practice supper or brunch.
Compton Beach - a wild SW facing beach is managed by the National Trust. The quieter the end of the beach is nearer the white cliffs and is accessed from the Compton Farm carpark. The walk takes you through fields and down many wooden steps across grassy landslips to the sandy wildness of this surf breaking wild expanse of sand. Spots out of the wind can be found in the grass lands above the beach or on calm still days on the beach itself. Sunsets here are magical, with families and bohemian surfers often found around a campfire with guitars, cooking their supper over the flames.
Shanklin Beach is busy, but at low water it is huge with more than enough space for walkers and yoga practitioners to share the beach. Local yoga teachers Erling and Elaine from Isle of Yoga know when and where to find the more peaceful periods and often take their B&B yoga guests down to practice in the early dawn. Also Kat Harding can often be found spontaneously offering her beach pop up yoga classes down below the cliffs at Wightwater, halfway between Sandown and Shanklin.
Bembridge and St Helens, have two yoga gems. Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP Yoga can be enjoyed through me at Yoga with Emma in partnership with Tackt-Isle Adventures. Picking the most lovely and sheltered spots depending on the wind and tide conditions, you paddle out just off the beach to enjoy this unique, life affirming yoga experience. Should you wish to keep your feet on dry land, my personal favourite beach in the East Wight on which to practice my yoga is Priory Bay, accessed from Seagove Bay or walked to from St. Helens Duver. Sheltered here from the predominant wind directions, the mornings are truly stunning on a spring or summer’s day and increasingly you will not be the only yoga practitioner enjoying sometime me-time on your mat.
Finally, never forget the stunning beaches of Ryde. For self practice, position yourself more towards Puckpool park. The lovely grassy sections in front of the beach huts nearer the Seaview end offer great flat spots above the seawall overlooking the sunrise over the Solent and the forts or Julie Cole from Earthways Yoga can often be counted on to offer pop up yoga near Apply tower during the warmer spells of weather.
Private personal practice, classes and courses, hen parties and private workshops, the Island’s beaches make the best natural yoga studios. Isle of Wight yoga teachers are increasingly being called to offer their classes outside and down on the beach in the warmth of summer - always a pleasure, always an opportunity to feel a little more connected to the planet and little more whole.
26 April 2017