Welcome Yoga Teacher Samantha Kreshover

Folly Beach Island Yoga Studio Class Teacher Samantha Kreshover

A warm welcome is going out to one of the newest teachers teaching for Folly Beach Island Yoga – Samantha Kreshover.

Samantha majored in Health Sciences at Boston University and received her graduate degree at University of Virginia for Special Education. She taught Biology to special education students in Virginia for seven years. When she moved to Charleston in 2015, she became a teacher for students with Autism. Samantha became excited about the prospect of introducing yoga to both her students and the Charleston community, with the goal of providing some of the same benefits to them as it has to her. Samantha continues to teach students with autism and is currently integrating yoga into the curriculum as a complementary therapy.

You can learn more about Samantha here, or just come check out one of her open level beach yoga classes — starting this Saturday, October 14 at 9 a.m. on the 5th Street East beach. We hope to see you there!

Folly Beach Island Yoga Studio Class Teacher Samantha Kreshover Classes

Beach Yoga for Autism Parents & Caregivers

Autism Parents Folly Beach Island Yoga Class Free Charleston SC

Tomorrow is our last June beach yoga class for autism parents and caregivers. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring sunscreen, a large towel, and plenty of water. We hope to see you there! 5th Street East Beach, Folly Beach, SC. Paid parking and some limited free street side parking is available.

Thank you to all who submitted their feedback on the ideal day and time for the class. After careful consideration we will begin offering the classes on Fridays at 7 p.m. through the month of July 2017.


Free Beach Yoga for Autism Parents and Caregivers on Folly Beach

Yoga for Autism Parents Child Regression

In December of 2015, our youngest child suffered a very sudden and significant regression that silenced his speech, caused him to withdraw, and to stop making eye contact. He would eventually be diagnosed with autism, and our lives would forever change. Although yoga had already held a significant spot in our lives, it would become a source of healing for our grief and a renewal of purpose as we began our journey as “special needs parents”. After the diagnosis, both Jenny and Matt decided to become yoga teachers so that we could one day help other parents of children with an autism diagnosis.

Folly Beach has continued to hold our hearts and draw us back with it’s very public support of autism families and the Surfer’s Healing tour, and it this public support that made us choose Folly when selecting the ideal location to offer the free yoga class for autism parents and caregivers. It is our sincere hope to offer a class that will replenish and restore the soul, mind, and body. As special needs caregivers this is beyond important–it is essential. We hope that parents will find a safe community and space to practice in this weekly class.

The class is open level, located on a beautiful wide stretch of Folly Beach within sight distance of the pier. Paid city parking is available as are some limited free street side parking spots. For the month of June we will offer this class at 6 pm Thursday evenings-we will continue to adjust the time and days of the class so that we can best serve the autism family community with this class. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, or check our class schedule page for updates as they are made to the schedule.

We so look forward to practicing with you.


Updated to note: 7.1.2017 the class will begin to meet on Friday evenings at 7 pm – please see our schedule for the most updated days and times for the class

*The opinions expressed on this website and not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment advice. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are ready and able to begin any fitness or weight loss regime.





Beach Yoga This Week

Folly Beach Yoga Classes Charleston SC

This week on Folly Beach we’re offering 3 beach yoga classes open to all levels.

  • Sunset Beach Yoga with Matt Foley – Tuesday – 7 p.m.
  • Beach Yoga with Matt Stevens Friday – 6:30 p.m.
  • Beach Yoga with Matt Foley Saturday – 9 a.m.

All of our beach yoga classes are weather dependent and meet at the 5th Street East beach access. Both paid lot parking and some free street side parking are available. Remember to bring a large towel, or mat if you prefer, and plenty of water. You may choose to pre-purchase passes online or at the beach.

We will also be offering a free beach yoga class for parents and caregivers of children and adults who have autism on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Updates regarding schedule changes are communicated on our Facebook page and Instagram.



Free Autism Safety Kit

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Autism safety wristband – Free kit

We just got our “Big Red Safety Box” from the National Autism Association. It had so many thoughtfully chosen safety window / door alarms, decals, this bracelet (an anklet for our little guy–which is actually perfect since he may otherwise remove it!) and so much more. The box and it’s contents are available for free, or with a suggested donation if possible. Donations are accepted from both caregivers or other donors to help fund these lifesaving boxes as well. Spread the word to someone who needs it — safety is a constant uphill battle for many autism parents and you may just be saving a life! A diagnosis is required. Click here to order or donate.

Also, just a quick reminder that our free beach yoga class for autism parents and caregivers is tonight at 6 on the beach at 5th Street East, Folly Beach, SC, and every Thursday @ 6 p.m. for the rest of June.

The days and times will be changing in July . Please give us your feedback on what works best for your family. We want this to be as convenient as possible for everybody.







Free Autism Safety Kit – Big Red Safety Box


Folly Beach Island Yoga Autism Class Parents Safety Free Box

Nearly 1/2 of all children with autism bolt or wander. This pic was taken moments before our son suddenly bolted for the woods by the spray play at Wanamaker Park (Charleston County Parks and Recreation) just a couple of weeks ago. Since he is nonverbal and often attracted to water, with his newfound wandering tendencies something as simple as a trip to the park to play in water sprinklers can spell real anxiety for an autism parent. The National Autism Association is offering their “Big Red Safety Box” for FREE to families of children who have autism — it includes  an educational booklet, 2 window alarms, a MedicAlert bracelet and shoe tag, 5 laminated adhesive “stop” sign visual prompts for doors and exits, 2 safety alert windshield clings, a safety alert wristband, and a child ID kid from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A diagnosis is required.

If you are not a parent or caregiver of an autistic child, consider donating to this worthy cause. It could truly save someone’s life one day.

Click below to donate or request a safety toolkit.

NAA’s Big Red Safety Boxes® Now Available!