Summer Set Saturday: Positivity Through Fitness

Synchronized swimming performance at Montauk Beach House.
Synchronized swimming performance at Montauk Beach House. Photo credit: Kelly Laffey

Lululemon’s manifesto urges positive thinkers to  “live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air that flows over the water.”

The Montauk lifestyle gels with Lululemon’s philosophy to take time to indulge in small pleasures, and the two converged this weekend at the Montauk Beach House’s Summer Set Saturday. We began the day with a yoga class by local instructor Evelyn O’Doherty. Saturdays in the Hamptons should be for finding balance: The blazing sun meant that we were sweating it out; and O’Doherty encouraged mental well-being with small mantras of her own, my favorite being, “Because you’re all awesome, your dreams will come true.”

Positive thinking breeds positive experiences. I’ve been making a conscious effort to attend more yoga classes this summer. Its benefits are multifold: increased flexibility, increased strength—particularly arm strength—and increased calmness. It’s nice to take an hour or so out of your day to tune into yourself. It’s also nice to do that outdoors with fellow community-minded people, as we all then sat by the pool and watched a synchronized swimming performance. For those who were willing to wait, the ladies at Vive, a new startup company, were on-hand to provide hair braiding, the perfect solution to fighting summer humidity.

synchronized swimming

synchronized swimming

synchronized swimming

Seeking positivity through fitness is not a new concept, but it’s one that is infinitely easier during the summertime. In addition to special events like Saturday’s, Lululemon hosts complimentary studio classes with local instructors in the loft above their Main Street, East Hampton store. The current schedule is: Yoga with Yoga Lila on Sunday at 11a.m.; KP Dance Body on Monday at 5:30 p.m.; Erica Bloom Pilates on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; and Elements Fitness on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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