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How L.A.: Free beachfront yoga in Marina del Rey taught by 'the Yoga Bunny'

How L.A.: Free beachfront yoga in Marina del Rey taught by 'the Yoga Bunny'
Bogdan Bikish practices yoga on the beach. On any given Saturday morning, a diverse group of people gather on the beach off Hurricane Street in Marina del Rey to practice the ancient discipline of yoga. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

On any given Saturday morning, they gather on the beach off Hurricane Street in Marina del Rey to practice the ancient discipline of yoga.

The class begins and ends with meditation to the sounds of crashing surf, the occasional flyover by a Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter and beachgoers looking on.

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Bunok Kravitz, a.k.a. the Yoga Bunny, leads the free class, open to anyone who wants to join in.

"My goal is to ultimately offer free classes everywhere I go so that those who may not have the means … [still] have access to a yoga and meditation practice under the guidance of an instructor," she says.

Why?

"Why? Because that's what my heart tells me to do."

What also makes this class unique is that it's now in its third decade, which means it could be the single longest running yoga class in L.A.'s wellness circles — if anyone bothered to keep tabs on such things.

The class begins and ends with meditation to the sounds of surf crashing against the shore, the occasional flyby of a sheriff's helicopter and beachgoers looking on.
The class begins and ends with meditation to the sounds of surf crashing against the shore, the occasional flyby of a sheriff's helicopter and beachgoers looking on. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

According to class legend, Kravitz is only the fourth instructor to teach it. Some had feared that the class would simply dissolve after the previous instructor died in 2009.

But Bunok stepped in.

"I was then honored to carry on this legacy and... keep the class alive," she said.

The class attracts an eclectic group of people with diverse abilities from all over the world. In any given week, about 50 students attend.

Bunok Kravitz (a.k.a. the Yoga Bunny) leads the free class, which at times has grown to over 50 students.
Bunok Kravitz (a.k.a. the Yoga Bunny) leads the free class, which at times has grown to over 50 students. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

"The people that have attended the class over the years have come and gone," said Penny Akashi, who has been taking  the class for over 16 years, "but the constant has been the like-mindedness of the group and the wonderful growing community that has been created."

Unlike a traditional yoga studio, there is plenty of space to stretch out.

Pro tip: Most bring a blanket or sheet to cover the sand, then place their yoga mat on top.

Unlike a yoga room, there is plenty of space to stretch out on the beach. The classes are geared toward those who enjoy the outdoors and don't mind a little sand.
Unlike a yoga room, there is plenty of space to stretch out on the beach. The classes are geared toward those who enjoy the outdoors and don't mind a little sand. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Classes are held at 9:30 a.m. during summer, and at 10 a.m. during winter. You can find more details at Kravitz's website, TheYogaBunny.com

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