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Paddleboard Yoga Challenging

Rachel Rowley, Amy Gates, Jenni Niemann and instructor Katie Fitzgerald participate in paddle board yoga at Lake Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Katie Fitzgerald’s yoga students, instructed to close their eyes and notice their surroundings at the start of a class last week, had much to be mindful of. The gentle breeze. The warm sun. The calling birds. The speeding boats. The buzzing seaplane. The water underneath, rocking their mats. The fact that they were beginning a class afloat, four students and an instructor each perched on a stand-up paddleboard anchored 20 yards from shore, and that if they lost their balance and fell from a warrior pose or headstand – as did happen several times – it was into Lake Coeur d’Alene. Luckily, the water was warm off the beach at North Idaho College. And the water was key to their practice for the day, a 90-minute session of stand-up paddleboard yoga, aka SUP yoga/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here.

Question: Is this type of group exercise something that would interest you?

Boise No. 9 For Practicing Yoga

In what top-10 ranking does Boise join nine other much-larger cities from across the nation, from the San Francisco metro area (No. 1) to Seattle-Tacoma (2),  Philadelphia (3), New York City and Washington D.C. (tied for 4), Baltimore (6), Boston (7), Portland (8) and San Diego (tied for 9th)? The answer: Yoga. Forbes Magazine reported Friday on the “Top 10 Cities for Yoga in the U.S.,” and while the S.F. Bay Area was tops with its population 59 percent more likely to practice yoga than the general U.S. population, Boise made the list, tied for ninth place with San Diego, with the residents of both rated as 21 percent more likely/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you practice yoga? And/or: Why do you think Boise ranks so high for practicing yoga?

Summer Solstice Arrives At 4:09

Bikram yoga demonstrators take a break for a drink of water in New York's Times Square on Wednesday. Temperatures across the Northeast are expected to approach triple digits. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Question (from Cindy): Summer arrives at 4:09 this afternoon. How will you celebrate its appearance?

Yoga Enthusiast Welcome Summer

Ten-month-old Leo Erichsen is held up by his mother, Tatjana Eres of Denmark, as she joins thousands of yoga enthusiasts for a class in New York's Times Square to mark the summer solstice today. Temperatures are expected to be near 100 degrees (37C) Wednesday. (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan)

Question: Does this feel like the summer solstice to you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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