Getting fit and pursuing tranquility are two things that many Californians are all about, hence the widespread Dahn Yoga community there. However, in one area just south of Los Angeles and Long Beach, officials may soon ban private fitness-oriented classes from public park areas.
According to the Daily Pilot, Newport Beach's Parks and Recreation Commission may shortly approve a measure that would make it illegal to conduct unapproved, for-profit fitness classes on beaches and in park lands within the town limits.
However, that does not mean that these sessions cannot take place at all. They simply must be approved, a process that may soon consist of acquiring a permit from the town's Recreation and Senior Services Department, the news source said.
This means that individuals who want to take a yoga class on Newport Beach may still do so, with a little paperwork. And, of course, one can practice yoga alone nearly anywhere, free of charge.
Why is the city thinking of passing the measure? Large private fitness classes can get in the way of park maintenance programs, the newspaper said.
Newport Beach is also considering banning smoking on its shores, meaning it may soon be a little easier to do solitary deep breathing techniques there.