Being that dance has been in my life since I was very young, yoga came naturally as my form of exercise a few years ago. Yoga is about finding peace, stretching, strength, letting go of your worries, becoming aware of your surroundings and one with your breath, which to some extent that’s what dance is about.
Before I became a mom, my husband and I had gym memberships and took all the yoga and some of the fitness classes they offered. After having our baby, and moving states, it was hard to commit our time and money to the gym while in between traveling and raising our newborn. Especially with no family near us to watch our baby even for an hour. Then, we found the solution with no financial commitment: a series of free community fitness classes offered at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Armature Works, Hyde Park Village, and our local libraries. Best of all, most of these classes are offered outdoors!
- Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park offers five weekly fitness classes that range for anyone’s interest from Yoga, Boot Camp, Barre, Zumba, and dance fusion. For more details on these classes check out Tampa Downtown Partnership.
- Armature Works offers monthly fitness classes, with Yoga on the Lawn by Kodawari Studios, Weekday Yoga by Bella Prana, iStroll, and Run Club. Reservation is required through Eventbrite. Check out their monthly Calendar for more details.
- Hyde Park Village offers free weekly fitness series, Hyde Park Healthy, with classes ranging throughout the year. In 2018, they offered classes in yoga, circuit, Barre, and mat Pilates, taught by VKNG, CAMP, and Pure Barre. Reservation is required through Eventbrite. For up-to-date information, check out their Event Calendar.
- Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, through your local libraries, offers fitness classes for you as well as classes you can enjoy with your babies/kids. Classes range from yoga for adults, baby and toddler yoga, dance, and Zumba. You can narrow your interests when searching on the calendar Here.
Fitness and yoga are important in our lives; they keep us centered, happy, fit, living healthy and long lives, and keep our limbs moving as we age. These are some of the free yoga and fitness classes I have been able to explore in our great Tampa Bay Area.
I would love to hear if you know of any other classes that are not mentioned above.
What are some of your favorite classes you like to take?