Stay Nimble this Summer on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, July 1, 2019

Though summer is supposed to be a time of vacations and relaxations, it can often get stressful if you try to do too much. Sometimes you need to make self-care a priority, and luckily there are lots of places where you can take care of your mind and body at the same time by trying out a yoga class.

Yoga instructor Anne-Laure Peaucelle arrived in Oregon from France by way of Australia, which is where she received her teacher training. We met when I was scheduled to try one of her classes at the Salishan Resort

The morning of the class the power at my house was out, so I was excited to head to the resort to charge my phone and check the power company website for news about my outage. As I neared Salishan, I saw that there didn’t seem to be any power anywhere else on the route, and sure enough, the resort was affected too. Anne-Laure and I decided to go for it anyway, and I ended up having one of the most peaceful yoga classes of my life.

Classes there are free for guests, and there's a $10 drop-in fee for anyone else. All materials are provided including mats, blocks and straps.

Anne-Laure Peaucelle gives instruction at three central coast locations

The studio looks out onto the golf course and the scattered shore pines that the area is known for. The fact that we used only natural light and only the sounds of our breathing seemed to fit perfectly with Anne-Laure’s style.

“I teach a slow, flow style of yoga focusing on alignment and moving with the breath,” she said. "I love to try other classes, but for mine I prefer a more traditional style.”

She also focuses on the healing aspects of the practice.

“I’m really interested in how to teach people how to bring yoga into their daily life to help with injuries, chronic pain and mental health issues,” she said.

This is the focus of one of the classes Anne-Laure teaches at another studio, Harmony Yoga Center, in Newport. Harmony Center has a full roster of styles and methods and also provides teacher training sessions for aspiring yogis.

The third studio where you can find Anne-Laure and many other instructors is New Moon Yoga, located within the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Yoga can help limber you up before a good surf session.

If you want to get out of the studio and  – even better  get a free class, join the Free Beach Yoga Class on Saturdays at noon. The one-hour class is located in the Roads End area of Lincoln City, just past Roads End State Park. Parking is available at 64th St. and Logan Rd. 

Or just grab a few friends and go find a field; once you've had some instruction, what better way to use it than in nature?

We love getting your comments and stories, so feel free to stretch out our comments section. For other things to do before or after realigning your chakras, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment our Nightlife page steers you to the some of the top happenings on the Central Coast.


About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.