Go With the Flow – Drop-In Yoga Classes Popping Up Everywhere

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Intimidated by yoga? Don’t be! Yoga stimulates your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems, helping  rid your body of waste and toxins.  In addition, yoga helps the spinal column remain flexible, works on balance, and the soothing vinyasa can help provide stress relief and mental clarity. Other benefits include increased energy and improved sleep. What’s not to like?

St. Petersburg is overflowing with opportunities to stretch, breathe and perhaps even break a sweat at a growing number of drop-in yoga classes. From museums to breweries and coffee houses, yoga is popping up everywhere! Most drop-in classes are geared for all levels, and it’s always a good idea to bring your own mat or blanket. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early, so class can start and end on time.

Here’s a sampling of drop-in yoga classes found around St. Petersburg. Some held poolside or outdoors (Hyatt Place, Hollander Hotel) are on hiatus until warmer weather.

Yoga at the Dali
One Dali Blvd.
10:30 am Sundays

 Join Lucky Cat Yoga  for an all-levels vinyasa flow class in the Raymond James Community Room or Avant-Garden. Cost is $10 for members/students and $15 for non-members.  End your practice with a café con leche and guava pastry in the cheerful Gala Café.  Visit the galleries on the same day for an additional $10.  Register in advance at thedali.org/events/category/yoga

Kidding Around Yoga
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive NE
10 am  first and third Saturdays
Practicing yoga with everyone in the family, and especially children, creates a special bond.  This one-hour class in the Bayview Room focuses on partner yoga, games and activities,  music, stories and more. Ages 3 and older; $5 per person. 

SUP Yoga  on Coffee Pot Bayou
9:30 am Saturdays
C-RIDE Board Shop offers Stand-Up Yoga Paddleboard every Saturday morning  in serene Coffee Pot Bayou.  Meet at Coffee Pot Park Boat Launch at 9:30 am for an hour-long practice  followed by a half hour free paddle. Got your own board? Class is $15. Need a board? Book your spot by 9 pm  the night before for $20. Day of rentals are $25.  Go to c-ride.com or call (813) 447-0600.

Yoga for Every Body
Grassroots Kava House
957 Central Ave.  
It’s all about community at this hip hangout (if you haven’t discovered kava, this is the place!).  This practice is geared to Every Body, meaning all are welcome from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Schedule may vary, but recently classes were being held Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, and Sundays at noon.  Cost is by donation, best to call ahead to confirm.  (727) 220-3041

What’s for Lunch?
Station House
260 First Ave. N  
Put down that bagel! The super cool Station House is the place to head for a good stretch during lunch break.  The 45-minute sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, either on the roof or in the yoga room depending on weather. Donations accepted.

Sundial  Plaza
153 Second Avenue N
9 am Saturdays
Start your weekend off with Sundial salutations beneath a brilliant blue sky during the Saturday morning  yoga classes at downtown’s upscale shopping and dining district. Then reward yourself  at Locale Gourmet Market with a fresh coffee and organic muffin.

YOGA ON TAP

3 Daughters Brewing
222 22nd Street S.
6 pm every first and third Wednesday

Green Bench Brewing
1133 Baum Avenue N.
11 am every second Sunday

Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails
1111 Central Ave
6:30 the third Monday of each month

The Body Electric Yoga Company hosts weekly and monthly classes at these and other bars and breweries all over town. Live music is often part of the vibe.  The flow is moderately-paced so you’ll leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged. Afterward, belly up with some of Florida’s best-tasting craft brews with your fellow yogis. Cost: $10 advance/$15 at the door. To register or for more information,  go to thebodyelectricyoga.com or call (727) 490-9361