Yoga on Anna Maria Island

beach yoga, sup yoga, and so much more! 


If you’re staying/living on Anna Maria Island and looking into beginning yoga, or are already an experienced yogi, then you definitely want to continue reading this blog.


AMI is the perfect place to get your yoga on, and luckily, there are a few different local options when it comes to finding the right instructor for you. Below are four companies based on Anna Maria Island that will definitely help with developing your yoga skills.



Starfish Yoga
Starfish Yoga offers Beach Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation, Breath Work, as well as Arm Balances and Inversions. You can take private yoga classes at the studio, your own home, a special event, or even the beach!
Rachel Kisellus
Phone: 941-405-3377


Take part in a beach yoga class! Photo courtesy of Island Yoga Space


Island Yoga Space
Along with owner/directer Cindy Phillips, there are 6 other yoga teachers at Island Yoga Space. They offer quite a few different classes, including; Gentle Yoga, Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga Therapeutics, Basic Express Flow Yoga, and more! Island Yoga Space also does beach yoga every Saturday morning, and even has a SUP yoga class you can register to take.
Teacher(s): Cindy Phillips, Frannie Hoffman, Jenny Bieselin, Hillary Bardwell,  Rachael Croll, Nicole Cook, and Angela Simone.
Phone: 941-224-0292



A SUP Yoga class by Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co

Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co
Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co offers SUP yoga classes. Owner/instructor, Rachael Croll, will guide the group through a yoga lesson on the water during the daytime, or the evening during her Sunset SUP Yoga.
Teacher: Rachael Croll
Phone: (941) 932-3671



Aluna Wellness Center & Spa
Aluna Wellness Center & Spa has two yoga classes, both taught by yoga teacher Jennifer VanGraupen. There is a Basic Hatha Yoga every Saturday morning, and a Yoga Nidra class every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Teacher: Jennifer VanGraupen
Phone: (941) 778-8400



The Tranquil Trails of Robinson Preserve

View from the Observation Tower

Located in North West Bradenton, FL, you will find the tranquil trails of Robinson Preserve. With over 682 acres of mangroves, marsh, and coastal wetland habitats, this place will turn your morning jog into a relaxing adventure through nature.


Along with the trails, Robinson Preserve also has kayak launches, restrooms, and picnic areas. There is also an incredible observation tower, where you can look out on to gorgeous views of the preserve, Tampa Bay, and the Skyway Bridge in the distance.



In early 2018, Robinson opened their new expansion to the preserve, called the “NEST”. The NEST is short for the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology. The new space is a beautiful, multi-purpose building that is home to a ton of hands-on interpretive programming for all ages. You can even rent out the NEST for your own private event.







Robinson’s Preserve has a variety of activities to indulge in while you’re there, including:
. Hiking/walking the nature trails. You can always bring your four-legged, furry friend along with you (as long as their on a leash)
. Kayaking/Canoeing through the numerous trails through the mangroves (this activity I highly suggest, it is simply a wonderful experience)
. Biking
. Rollerblading
. Long boarding
. Managed fishing
. Bird Watching
. Wildlife viewing areas
. Group Camping (by reservation only)


Accessibility to the trails isn’t an issue. The trail that begins at the entrance is paved, and travels the entire preserve. However, most of the other trails are packed shell.


So take the trip out to Robinson’s Preserve, get outdoors, and enjoy nature!

Address: 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
Hours: Open daily, THOUGH HOURS vary by season
Phone: (941) 742-5923


Top Fitness Activities – Anna Maria Island

When visiting Anna Maria Island there are plenty of fitness activities to keep you feeling healthy during your paradise getaway. Enjoy a great vacation guilt free when you try out these Top 11 fitness activities on Anna Maria Island.

Top 11 Fitness Activities

1. Going to the gym: Kick boxing class with Reggie is best! I love working out with my personal trainer Brenda and doing the different boot camps offered!  Recently Island Fitness has relocated to the Anna Maria Island Center formerly known as the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Island Fitness: 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria City, FL 34216
– Phone: (941) 778-5200

2. Fit Crew: Great boot camp style work out (very similar to CrossFit) sometimes they have a beach work out on AMI!
– First class is free! Come and see if you like it!
– 608 19th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205
– Phone : (941) 447-9272

3. Bike riding from the Anna Maria Island to the Robinson Preserve and back. If you are looking for other parks nearby check out our list here.
– I love the 11 mile back ride, easily done in 1 hour, always able to spot local wildlife!
– Robinson Preserve: 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 748-4501

bicycling on anna Maria Island
Riding a bike is a great fitness activity on Anna Maria Island.

4. Bike riding to Harry’s Continental Kitchen on Longboat Key.
– The food is amazing!
– This is about a 16 mile bike ride.
– Harry’s continental Kitchen: 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
– Phone: (941) 383-0777

Insider tip:  The Coquina Bike path is a great low key bike path that takes you off the streets and lets you bike on a side walk close to the Beach!

5. Paddle boarding or kayaking around the bayous and gulf side. Love the workout and being able to be out on the water while getting a tan!

6. Playing golf at one of the many area golf courses.

7. Rollerblading around the many back streets on Anna Maria Island.

8. Playing tennis at the local free tennis courts, or shooting some hoops at the public Basketball Court.

Fitness activity
Tennis is a great fitness activity during your Anna Maria Island vacation.

9. Go Legs Spin Studio very close to IMG Academies. Hour long spin sessions and toning with weights.
– 2 projectors in the studio to watch music videos and replays of real
Cycle races such as the Tour de France.
– 3549 53rd Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34210
– Phone: (941) 896-7885

10. Activities at the Anna Maria Island Community Center are great for keeping you in shape during your stay on Anna Maria Island.

fitness activities
The Anna Maria Island Community Center offers great fitness activities

11. Last but not least: going on a sunset beach run along the water. I love taking pictures and watching the day end as I get a good run in!

Winter Classes begin at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – Along with a new year, January brings us a plethora of new classes from the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Located at 407 Magnolia Avenue in the city of Anna Maria, visit the Community Center website at for a complete list of classes, programs and events throughout the year. Below is a selection of coming classes and starting dates. Fees may apply on classes and/or may need a membership with the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Contact the AMICC for more information by phone at 941-778-1908.


Starting on Wednesday January 7th at 2pm and Thursday January 8th at 10am.

Bridge Lessons

Fridays beginning January 2nd at 10am.

Kids Dance Fitness

Mondays beginning January 12th at 4:15pm.

Tai Chi

Fridays beginning January 2nd from 10:30am-11:30am. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Watercolor Class

Wednesdays from 10am-1pm starting on January 10th through April. $20 per class for members, $25 per class for non-members.


Tuesdays from 9:30am-10:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Staying Strong

Mondays from 10:30am-11:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6pm starting January 6th. Preregistration required. $40 for three sessions for members, $50 for three sessions for non-members.

Tennis Anyone?

Monday through Saturday at 7:30am. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Free tennis lessons for children ages 5 to 10. Pre-registration required.


AMI Rental Equipment

AMI rental equipment is a great way to enjoy this place like no other! White sandy beaches and a small town atmosphere with unique opportunities at every corner too!

AMI Rental Equipment

So now that you’ve arrived your noticing all these great ways to spend your time jet skiing, paddle boarding, biking and more. But where does one go to acquire these items? Here are some of the best rental companies on the Island.

Rentals on land

Bikes, golf carts, beach supplies and baby equipment can all be rented from both Fun and More Rentals  and from Beach Bum Rentals. Both of these companies offer free delivery/pickup and excellent service.

Rent scooters and bikes hourly or daily from The Island Scooter Store

Also rent electric bikes and scooters hourly or daily from Segs by the Sea

Binoculars can be rented by the hour from AMI Bird Nerd to take in our varied avian wildlife.

Rentals on Water

Boats can be rented from Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals and the Bradenton Beach Marina

Jet skis can be rented from H2O water sports  and Wavesplash Watersports

Kayak tours and rentals are available from Fun and More Rentals , Beach Bum Rentals , and Happy Paddler Kayak Tours

Exotic rentals

Flyboards can be rented from Top Gun Flyboards for a truly unique experience.

Parasailing can be done through Yolo Parasail  as well as Bradenton Beach Parasailing


AMI Rental Equipment
Kayak Rentals take visitor around the Intracoastal waterways.

What's going on at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in February?

Anna Maria Island – The Anna Maria Island Community Center is a phenomenal community resource that house classes, courses, workshops, an exercise center and cafe. Check out what’s going on at the community center for the rest of the month!

Taste of Vegan

Come and enjoy a positive relationship with food, putting joy back into cooking and never worry again about your food budget. This four week course will cover education and cooking mouthwatering recipes from a best-selling author.
Days: Thursdays in February
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Members: $60 for 4 sessions
Non-Members: $75 for 4 sessions
Instructor: Ellen Jaffe Jones, local athlete and author of best-selling cookbooks

Zumba (starting Feb 4)
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one-of-a kind fitness program that will blow you away. We want you to want to work out, love to work out, and get hooked. Zumba means “to move fast and have fun” and that’s exactly what happens!
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Members: $6.00
Non-Members: $12
Instructor: Grisel McCain

Zumba GOLD
All that Zumba has to offer, only in a low impact form. Perfect for the 50+ crowd!
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Members: $6.00
Non-Members: $12
Instructor: Grisel McCain

Rubber Stamp Crafting & More
This Class will teach you the basics of Rubber Stamping including, how to cut cardstock, stamp, design and many other ways to use your stamps. Also learn different techniques each week that can be used to create beautiful cards and many other paper-crafting projects. Pick up Supply list at AMICC or purchase “kit” from instructor)
Days: Mondays (must have 4 students to begin class) Must Pre-register
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Members: $10.00 plus supplies / Non-members: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Dodie Fausset

Ballroom Dancing – Ballroom Sampler
Come and learn the art of ballroom dancing and the thrill of moving in unison with your partner. This fun filled class will offer a variety of dance instruction on a rotating basis. Dances include, swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, tango, samba, and more.
Days: Tuesdays (Must have 8 students to begin class) Must Pre-register
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Fee: Members $6 per class or $10 per couple. Non-Members $12 per class or $20 per couple.
Instructor: Robin Rhodes, Dance Instructor

Come see the newest fitness craze sweeping the nation, and AMICC is one of the first to offer it in this area! Exercise and equipment designed to mimic surfing, giving the workout that works all muscles. These classes are designed for all levels of fitness and incorporate yoga, pilates and aerobics. In addition, work on your balance, stability, and posture. Great workout for ALL ages! There is a time and day that will work for everyone. Please pre-register. Space and boards are limited. Classes start January 6, 2014.
Days & Times
Monday: 9:00am – 10:00am, 10:15am – 11:15am
Wednesday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Friday: 11:00am – 12:00pm, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Fees: Members $15 per class; Non-Members $20 per class(package of 10 classes for $50 available)
Instructors: Caleb Roberts and Eileen Heffernan
Space and boards are limited – Please Pre-register to ensure your spot!

Karate (for all ages)
Come learn why so many people have made martial arts a part of their life. You will receive excellent instruction, as well as life skills that impact both kids & adults in a safe and friendly environment. Instructors provided by DOJO Martial Arts.
Days: Monday & Thursday starting in December
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Members: $85 a month. Non-Members; $99 a month
Instructors: Dojo Martial Arts

Family Game Night
Every Monday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Gym. Come have some quality family fun for FREE. Bring your own games or use ours. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(There will be no game night on Feb 17)

This Weekend on Anna Maria Island – December 20th-22nd

Uh oh! Looks like these events are just fun memories now.

But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!

Take a look at some of my favorites below:
Cortez Fishing Festival Blog
Halloween Events Blog
Local Art Events
Local Festivals 



Free Beach Yoga on Bradenton Beach

Anna Maria Island – Like Yoga? Love the beach? Get down to Bradenton Beach for donation based free Yoga classes. Shown to counteract inflexibility, tone and strengthen the body, and invite a sensation of peace into the mind, Yoga is only made better when it is done on the beach.

Yoga on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria IslandEach class lasts about 30 minutes and complimentary tea is made available at ALUNA Wellness after the session to allow time to calm down and meet each other. Classes are weather permitting, so call 941-778-8400 if you are unsure of the weather. Parking is available at ALÚNA or on 23rd St. Class will take place across the street from ALÚNA. 2219 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, FL Classes are taught by certified yoga teacher, Amanda Curl.

The next classes are taking place on Saturday December 19th, Thursday December 26th, Saturday December 28th and January 2nd. Thursday classes are at 5:00 pm, Saturdays are at 8:30 am.

Click for more information!

Public Tennis Court information on Anna Maria

There are tennis courts just at the end of 62nd street in Holmes Beach. Actually, the courts are just down the street from the Island Real Estate office on Marina Drive. There are three public tennis courts and generally use is based on first come first serve. The fence is ample height to retain most errand tennis balls. One fabulous feature is the night lights that are activated by hitting a small button as you walk into the tennis court. The open tennis court overlooks one of several public boat docks on Anna Maria Island.

Holmes Beach Public Tennis Courts
Holmes Beach Public Tennis Courts
Anna Maria Island Public Tennis Courts
Three Public Tennis Courts – with LightsHolmes Beach Public Tennis Courts

Segs By The Sea On Historic Bridge Street

Segs By The Sea On Historic Bridge StreetDiscover the Charm of Old Florida with Segs by the Sea.  Segs by the Sea offers: scenic tours and custom rentals of the very popular and innovative SEGWAY Personal Transporter.  You can also rent electric bikes, beach cruiser bikes, and paddle boards.   So make sure that you stop in to Segs by the Sea and find your Anna Maria Island adventure.  Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Bridge Street, just 1 block from the beach!


SEGWAY Tour Options Include 1 Hour – 1.5 Hour – 2 Hour:

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