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Lotus Loft Yoga Studio To Host Free 'Flow At Low' Yoga Class At The Stuart Sandbar As Fundraiser For St. Lucie River

It's time to take your next yoga session to the water.

A local yoga and pilates studio is holding a free yoga class on the water—or should we say in the water?—at the Stuart Sandbar next week.

The community event, hosted by Lotus Loft, is also a fundraiser to benefit the St. Lucie River.

Lotus Loft owner Andrea Levy plans to teach participants from aboard a barge, while guests perform yoga poses in the sandbar's shallow water. The yoga session is set to take place Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m. during low tide, and it will be followed by a happy hour.

The "Flow at Low" class will be free, but donations are encouraged. Funds raised will go toward helping preserve and protect the St. Lucie River. The actual recipient organization has yet to be determined.

Levy has practiced yoga on a paddleboard before, but she's never taught a class like this one directly in the water.

"It's going to be a totally new experience for me," she said. "I'm very 'let's go with the flow'—that's why we called it the name that it is."

The Palm City studio hosts "field trips" every couple of months, according to Levy, who plans yoga-related community events to encourage her yoga students to bond outside of the studio. 

The idea for the "Flow at Low" class came from a client's husband, who is a photographer. He expressed interest in shooting a yoga event out on the water and suggested tying it into a large-scale fundraiser for the St. Lucie River, according to Levy.

Yogis at next week's event don't have to worry about any upside-down poses that would get their heads wet; there's no need to bring a mat, either. Levy said the class will be "low-key," and she'll stick to teaching standing, balancing and meditative poses.

"It's very, very simple yoga, but just a very cool location to be able to close your eyes, stand, breathe, and enjoy what we call our vacation spot, where we all live," she said.

Guests are asked to BYOB—"bring your own boat, bring your own booze"—and meet at the Stuart Sandbar. However, there will also be a few boats leaving from Sandsprit Park for those who don't have their own.

Interested locals who can't make it to the yoga session because they're still at work are welcome to join the group at the Stuart Sandbar for happy hour afterward.

"After the class, it's just going to be a party till the sun goes down," Levy said.

Levy expects a mix of Lotus Loft regulars and newcomers to attend the class. To stay updated on boat departure times and any changes, visit the event Facebook page here

(Image via Flickr/Dennis Yang)