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Are people who hate the very idea of yoga the ones who could benefit from it most?

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?

Boise ranks among top 10 cities in the nation - for 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.

“Idaho may seem like an unlikely hotspot for yoga,” the magazine wrote. It also reported, “The most yoga-mad metro area in the nation: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., where residents are 59% more likely to practice yoga than the general U.S. population. The Bay Area has long been at the forefront of the American yoga scene — San Francisco was, after all, the first city to set up a yoga room at its airport.” You can read Forbes’ full report here.

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?

Apparel retailer lululemon will open its first Spokane ‘showroom’ next week

Lululemon athletica will open its first Spokane store on March 30 in a downtown showroom on the second level of 117 N. Howard.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-company sells yoga-inspired apparel. Company spokeswoman Tracy Keough said the location will be a “cozier” showroom rather than a full retail store. In this case, it's the second level above eatery Soulful Soups.

“Showrooms are only open part of the week so that we can be out in the community meeting our neighbors and participating in local yoga and fitness classes,” she said in an email.

Hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The showroom will offer Saturday morning yoga at 9:30 a.m.

A grand opening will be held Saturday, March 31.