If we had to put together a perfect weekend morning, it would probably involve some form of exercise, being outside and food. Guess we're not alone in enjoying that scenario, since this weekend Yoga on the Pier is returning, a series of free Saturday morning yoga classes on the Malibu Pier, followed by a free continental breakfast at the Beachcomber Cafe. Yes, we said free, and free.
This is the second year of the series, sponsored by radio stations KIIS-FM (102.7) and KYSR-FM (98.7), in which people at all levels of yoga -- even rank beginners -- are invited to take part in the classes, which go from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Coming back for another round of teaching is Los Angeles-based yoga instructor Lori Rischer, who does a basic vinyasa flow class with modifications for those who may have less experience.
"It's great to start your weekend this way, in one of those most beautiful places in the country, doing something healthy, and listening to great music. It's one of those experiences that feeds your soul on so many levels."
Rischer also works in radio marketing and promotion for a record label, so she knows her way around a playlist. Music is an important component of the classes, and Rischer spends a good amount of time putting together an eclectic array of tunes that flow along with the yoga: Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Fabolous. "All the music I play is inspirational and encouraging," she says.
After class, students can hang out and eat and enjoy the scenery. A few practical notes: Rischer recommends bringing a yoga mat, towel, water and a light jacket or sweatshirt because the mornings can be cool. Because the classes have become so popular, a space must be reserved in advance; go to the KIIS-FM or 98.7 FM websites to sign up (other details about parking, etc. are on both sites). The series goes until Sept. 4.
"Yoga allows us to check out of the insanity of our lives," Rischer says. "When you come here, you're able to put all of that on hold, and just be in the moment. When you're on the pier and listening to the music, this allows you that chance to catch your breath."
-- Jeannine Stein
Photo: Free yoga classes are held on Saturdays throughout the summer on the Malibu Pier. Credit: David Iino