Yoga in the Park

Article and Photos by Anna Scordato

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is a hotspot in downtown Tampa because of its unique art and its location on the Hillsborough River. The park features various events throughout the year and is located between the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Glazer Children’s Museum.

A yoga class is held there every Sunday from 6-7 p.m., and it is absolutely free. Yoga Downtown Tampa has lead the class for five years, and aims to provide practice for people of any skill level. Approximately 100-400 people usually attend the class, and newcomers are always welcomed. Even if you know nothing about yoga, you will fit right in. The instructor gears the class towards all skill levels by providing instruction while not following a strict guideline. If you do not know how to do a pose, it will be described for you. If you know all too well how to take a vinyasa, you can do it at whatever pace you please.

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View from my spot on Sunday, October 18th. Photo taken by Anna Scordato

Although the class is free of charge, the instructors encourage a donation of any amount. All donations go towards their ability to hold the class on a weekly basis.

The park is only 20 minutes from campus. Carpooling with friends is a way to save money on transportation. Parking along streets downtown is almost always available, and is free on Saturdays and Sundays. All you need to bring is a yoga mat, or a blanket.

Class members leaving the Sunday session
Class members leaving the Sunday session. Photo taken by Anna Scordato

Please share any experience you have had in your personal yoga practice, or with Yoga in the Park. Stay up to date with events or potential cancellations with the Yoga in the Park Facebook page. The next event is on Sunday, Oct. 25. This is a special Halloween event and it is encouraged that you bring family and friends, and even wear a costume.

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