Practicing yoga on Venice Beach

VENICE BEACH, Florida – Tall beach grasses swept by the wind and ocean waves; it is a sight to behold and will play a part in finding your center. One of the main reasons yoga teacher Elin Larsen made Venice Beach her personal yoga studio.

What do you want to know

  • Elin Larson has made Venice Beach her personal yoga studio
  • She has been practicing yoga for 50 years
  • She says yoga is a healing practice

Elin started her yoga journey when she was a young athlete, part of a traveling sports team. She had to take time off to take care of her mother, who had cancer. That’s when she started practicing yoga at home. When she finally joined her team, she was stronger and in better physical shape than ever.

“I’ve done yoga all my life,” Elin said. “Yoga is great. It’s something that’s just always there for you.

Now Elin says she has been practicing yoga for nearly 50 years. Train not only herself, but anyone who will travel with her. One of her greatest accomplishments is the free yoga classes she started and developed here in Venice Beach nearly 15 years ago.

“I left Connecticut not knowing anyone and someone told me that you should teach yoga on the beach. So I went to the county and then to the city and everyone agreed that it would be a good idea,” she said.

A great idea that has certainly grown from the early days when they had several dozen yoga practitioners on the beach to now, during their busy January-April season, hosting hundreds. But through it all, Elin has remained grounded. Her number one mission was to enlighten and teach others the healing powers of yoga, while enjoying the beauty of Venice Beach.

“It’s absolutely a healing practice, and it’s more than just getting better or stronger. For a lot of people, it’s about keeping what they have now and if they can do that, it’s a good feeling,” she said.

Beach Yoga with Elin is taking place seven days a week right now and starts at 8 a.m. sharp near the Venice Beach Pavilion. She also offers sunset classes Monday through Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. These times will change in mid-October due to the season, but you can keep up to date with classes and time changes, just go to their website at