Imagine a large warm barn set amidst a bucolic grassy landscape. Now imagine taking a yoga class inside that barn, as wild deer graze outside.
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. Yoga in the Barn is a yoga class currently being offered Saturday mornings inside the Havens Barn on Shelter Island.
Owned by the Shelter Island Historical Society, the Havens Barn is a popular venue these days, mostly used for weddings and occasional barn dances. On Saturday mornings, yogi Heidi Michel Fokine runs her students through her own yoga program.
“I describe it as a mindful alignment-based flowing class,” Fokine said. “We move through postures, but not fast and in a way to really understand and be present in the moment. You might work up a sweat, you might get a really good workout, but that’s not the point of it. The point is to be present with the breathing, with whatever we’re doing.”
A full-time resident of Shelter Island, Fokine is passionate about yoga, having taught it for 20 years. She says the opportunity to teach out of the barn came up four years ago.
“Nothing was happening in the barn at the time,” she said. “I had taught at a local church for a while and that situation came to an end, so I needed a new space. My husband was on the board of the historical society and he pitched the idea and they said sure!
Both Fokine’s Yoga in the Barn class and the Shelter Island Farmer’s Market take place on the property of the Shelter Island Historical Society, turning it into the place to be on Saturday mornings.
“It’s been so positive for the yogis on the island to have such a beautiful space to come,” Fokine said. “It’s such a cheerful scene here Saturday mornings, it’s very social, come do yoga, go to the farmer’s market, tour the Havens House. People play music, hula hoop and there’s coffee!
Yoga in the Barn takes place Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. inside the Havens Barn at the Shelter Island Historical Society. They are located at 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY.
Classes are $20 per person, reservations are not required. Please bring your own yoga mat.
For more information please visit www.heidifokineyoga.com