The Joys of Outdoor Yoga (Like Free Classes)

Today we’re going to discuss the combination of two of the most prominent features of the bay area and what happens when they come together.

It’s June, which means summer has been in effect for almost a month now in Florida. This also means warm mornings, hot days, and balmy evenings, all of which can make for fantastic outdoor exercise conditions. Unlike the air-conditioned gyms readily available in the area, exercising outdoors in the summer heat allows one to take advantage of the increased blood flow throughout the body, which means better flexibility and less chance of injury during exercise.

The other prominent staple of the bay area is the large amount of yoga schools available. There was a time, about 10 years ago or so, when yoga was still talked about as the trendy new craze in American fitness. One couldn’t walk by the magazines of the grocery cash register without seeing an article about some celebrity who swore by the health benefits of practicing this new exercise, which had been invented some hundreds of years earlier.

While the initial trendy glow of yoga may have faded over time, it got replaced by the sheer popularity of the exercise. As a low-impact exercise, yoga stresses flexibility, coordination, and relaxation to achieve the physical results.

One of the biggest appeals about yoga as a physical exercise rests with the fact that almost anyone can do it. Compared to the high-impact aerobics classes and boot camp-style workouts that can intimidate new participants, the various skill sets of yoga classes make it more accessible for those wishing to try something new without worrying about dropping during a session.

Multiple studios operate in the Tampa region, while several more exist in the downtown St. Petersburg area. But with summer now upon the area, some local studios have started hosting outdoor yoga classes to take advantage of the heat to improve flexibility.

On Sunday evenings, yoga enthusiasts can gather at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa and partake of a free outdoor yoga class. Called Yoga in the Park, this event encourages anyone interested to take advantage of the summer weather and the view afforded from the park.

Yoga in the Park takes place each and every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the park. The class is designed for all skill levels. Anyone can participate, from the most experienced yoga enthusiast to the beginner that’s only heard of the exercise, without spending a dime (not counting transportation costs, of course).

Don’t feel like going downtown on a Sunday night? The Yoga Loft studio in Ybor City has been hosting Saturday morning yoga classes to coincide with the Ybor Market.

That class takes place on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Ybor City Museum Garden. Enjoy a beginner-friendly class open to everyone! Classes are offered on donation-basis and all proceeds benefit the Ybor City Museum Society.

Various other groups meet in parks and by the beach to practice. One class even takes place in the St. Petersburg’s Sunken Gardens. Regardless of where you choose to try it, just remember to bring a yoga mat or beach towel and some water.

Anyone out there taken an outdoor yoga class before?

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