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Beachside Yoga: Second Chance

In 2014 a yoga class was offered at Centennial Beach for the first time. The program ran early Sunday mornings before the Beach opened.  The word got out and the class filled quickly.  The Sunday morning class is running again this summer with full enrollment. A Wednesday evening session was added, and also filled nearly to capacity.


However, beach and yoga lovers have another chance to experience the unique peacefulness of practicing outdoors by the water.   Here is your opportunity to steal a few hours to soak in the warmth of the August sun and let go of stress before a new fall season begins.

Back-to-School Beachside Yoga will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00, August 17, 19, 24 and 26. Just like the early Sunday morning time, the Beach will be closed when this class meets, allowing a quiet atmosphere for yoga practice. 


Students in the summer Beachside Yoga class enjoy the experience and the benefits that yoga brings.

“It’s wonderful to take time out of a busy weekend or day to do something for myself where I can be challenged and yet feel relaxed at the same time,” said Kate Reilly, one of this year’s class participants.   “The class helps me to relieve stress and tension and as a recreational runner, yoga has enabled me to stretch tight areas and avoid injuries when running.”

Another student, Wendy Hayum-Gross, added, “My blood pressure is lower, I have more flexibility (I have never been athletic);  I notice I deal with stress better due to what I have been learning in yoga and it makes me feel good!”

Beachside Yoga and the Back-to-School version are taught by certified yoga instructor Sarah Weyenburg.

“Sarah is a skilled, attentive and fun yoga instructor,” said Kate. “She always provides options that allow everyone, from the experienced yogi to a beginner, to stay engaged and challenged.  I would definitely recommend this class and I will be back next year!”

Wendy agreed. “I love the instructor. She is the perfect balance of fun and persistence!”

Instructor Sarah Weyenburg also leads the Wednesday evening class

Practicing yoga outdoors on the sand adds a different dimension that participants appreciate.

“Some poses are so much harder as I try to balance in the sand and others are easier to sink deeper into due to the suppleness of the sand, “ added Wendy. “The trees, birds, and occasionally the water polo players add to the effect.” 

“The Beach is a beautiful place to practice yoga,” said Kate. “Hearing the birds and the water provides a peaceful experience that you can't get elsewhere.  I also enjoy the gentle reminders that you're in the heart of town, such as when the bells chime or children laugh as they walk by.” 

For more opportunities to practice yoga this fall through Park District programs, check the Program Guide which will be released online on Monday, August 3. 



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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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