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Yoga lovers bring new twists to ancient art

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From sun salutations in the sand, to planks on paddle boards, you'll find reincarnations of yoga practices far beyond the traditional studios. There are lots of modern twists on an ancient practice, right here in the Tampa Bay area.

Yoga in Tampa is opening its doors and stretching its reach.

"I see a very significant evolutionary process happening with the yoga community here," said yogi Tricia Schuster, who has been practicing for 13 years.

While maintaining its traditional values, yoga is taking a new turn, thanks in part to a whole new demographic of yogis.

"They're open to the fact that meditation and yoga is really a lifestyle. It's a way of living, not just a workout," explained Roni Sloman, the owner of Bella Prana studio in South Tampa.

Steven Klein is one of them. He enjoyed yoga so much he wanted to share the energy far beyond the classes.

"What if you could have the yoga community out and centered around you, outside of the yoga studio and have fun and be surrounded by that kind of entertainment. I just enjoy being around those types of people much more than going out like the same old thing like I was 20 years old or something because, I'm not anymore," he said.

It's yoga gone social -- combining the practice with popular hobbies like paddleboarding.

"Being outside is unique everytime, it's different everyday, the light, the wind, the heat, whatever it is, and so it gives it a really interesting vibration for the group," said Roni.


They've hosted vinyasas in the vineyards, acroyoga at the beach and even yoga after dark.

"It's a dance party, it's yoga, you don't have to go to the clubs, you don't have to drink and smoke and leave your kids at home. You can bring them," explained Erin Wheeler, Owner of Lucky Cat Yoga Studio.

Tricia added, "With the water and the minarettes of the University of Tampa and DJ, and there were over 500 people and we had glow sticks and it was an incredible energy vibe in downtown Tampa."

That creative energy has even spread to the Dali Museum in St. Pete, where doing the downward dog pose amid the picturesque surroundings has become a huge draw.

"Just getting connected with that inner artist, that inner genius within yourself, which he would just be so ecstatic about, that all these people are moving and breathing," said Erin.

Yoga is clearly taking over the Tampa Bay area, attracting national attention for its annual Rasa Lila festival in Odessa.

"That's extraordinary because to have a local festival that brings local, regional, national teachers to Tampa, the Tampa Bay area, is unheard of."

These unheard of yoga events are becoming even more common place now.

"It's getting to where a yoga class could spontaneously break out at just about any location, and that's a wonderful thing for Tampa," said Roni.

Yogis finding peace in exploring all things out of the ordinary.


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