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Seven unusual ways to try yoga around Tampa Bay


Published:   |   Updated: June 25, 2014 at 05:07 PM

Inside a museum: You can meditate among the masterpieces as “Dali's energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga” at The Dali museum, where classes get a great view of St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront through the Dali's large windows. For an extra $6 you can visit the galleries when you're done. Sundays, noon. $10 members and students; $15 everyone else. 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg.

 

On a paddleboard: YOW, or Yoga on the Water, is hosted by Urban Kai and combines the balance of paddleboarding with yoga for a unique challenge that increases core strength while letting you enjoy the outdoors — and maybe get a tan too. Sundays, 11:30 a.m., $30 with board rental or $15 if you bring your own. 1000 Severn Ave., Tampa (Davis Island).

 

On the sand: Whether you want your yoga with a morning sea breeze or a sandy sunset, there are several options for Vinyassa flow-style classes on Pinellas County beaches. Mind Body Fusion offers classes Tuesdays and Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Indian Shores Beach ($8, (813) 917-2892), while Beach Yoga Pinellas has 9 a.m. classes at Redington Shores as well as morning and sunset classes at Indian Rocks and Madeira beaches. $15 per class. Call (727) 222-6476 for more info.

 

With a dog: Care to try “downward facing dog” with your dog? SPCA Tampa Bay's “doga” classes feature meditation, massage and gentle stretching that's a bonding experience for pets and owners, and some find it's a good way to calm hyper dogs who can sense their owner's mellow mood. Beginner and advanced classes happen on the last Sunday of every month. $5 to $15 per class. 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Register online at spcatampabay.org.

 

In a store: Fashionable yoga pants and fitness apparel giant Lululemon offers free and open to the public yoga classes in all of its retail stores, including the one in Tampa's Hyde Park Village. Sundays, 10 a.m. 727 S. Dakota Ave., Tampa.

 

At a temple: The Hindu Temple of Florida offers weekly Raja Yoga and Jyothi meditation classes at the temple hall, while other yoga events are held throughout the year at the various Indian temples around Tampa Bay featuring visiting gurus and swamis. Remember to remove shoes before entering and dress appropriately for a temple. Sundays, 8 a.m. $20 monthly. 5509 Lynn Road. Call (813) 962-6890 for info. 5509 Lynn Rd, Tampa.

 

In a park: The large, grassy, tiered platforms of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provide a perfect space for hundreds of people to comfortably participate in a free yoga class for all experience levels that's provided by the nearby Yoga Downtown Tampa studio. All that's needed is a water bottle and a mat. Sundays, 6 p.m., 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.

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