Two years ago, Shelly Tygielski decided to teach 12 friends, who were experiencing troublesome circumstances, how to meditate.
Since then, over 13,000 people meet together each week and have created the “Sand Tribe” community.
Tygielski is a student of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has a certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Through her company, YURU, Tygielski offers workshops and classes on mindfulness practices.
Her purpose is to train in meditation and create an “inner space” that enables people to make their mind calm and peaceful.
“See you on the sand” is the name of the class that takes places every Sunday in Hollywood Beach.
“I started this for selfish reasons, I wanted connection. I was feeling really down and I was feeling that I wanted to have a community of people who were like-minded that wanted to experience something different than just do something superficial that costs money rather than just having connections,” Tygielski said.
Last week she started the event giving 10 tips in order to live a happier life.
About 200 people assisted the class in order to feel free from worries and mental discomfort.
“I feel completely different every time I finish this class. I had body pains, and a lot of things coming through my mind, and this just help me put everything aside. Now I feel relaxed. This really calms you down,” said Ryan Brezzell.
Tygielski played relaxing music before and after class.
Once the class started, she taught the various forms of meditation intended to be easy for anybody. Everybody was lying on the sand, following the techniques.
Tygielski mentioned there is no right or wrong way to meditate. She teaches the group some techniques, but it is very personal the way people take advantage of the class.
“I come here for many reasons. Meditating helps me focus, concentrate, and prepare for my week. Once I finish the class, I feel ready to conquer the day and the whole week,” Aminata Odell said.
This is a place where you can meet people with same goals such as putting aside mental discomforts and relax.
The class is free to the public and takes place at the Hollywood North Beach Park every Sunday at 9 a.m.