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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?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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