The human body, unlike raisins, white wine, and the wit of Oscar Wilde, isn't meant to be dry. Add a little liquid to your workout routine with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get two standup-paddleboard yoga sessions from Northwest Paddle Surfers at Marina Park in Kirkland (an $80 value).
The expert paddle partisans of Northwest Paddle Surfers arm aspiring lake trotters with an oversize canoe paddle and jumbo board that gracefully glides them along the area's placid waterways as they stretch and contort their bodies during unique yoga classes. In each one-hour lesson, guests take in brief pre-excursion instruction and a warm-up that edifies them in proper paddle politics, refining their stroke and teaching students how to fend off errant flocks of dive-bombing seagulls. After the orientation, students tone up with a YogaTone H2O class, which combines yoga, strength training, and Pilates for a rigorous workout atop a paddleboard, for an added element of stability work, core work, and fish confusion. Lead by YogaTone creator and owner Andrea Blair Cirignano, classes focus less on spirituality and more on fitness, making this practice accessible to everyone. After class, students are free to take their paddleboards for another spin to wind down or engage in competitive oar jousts for control of the lake's buried boon of castoff promise rings.
Northwest Paddle Surfers
From camps to paddle races to standard rentals, Northwest Paddle Surfers' watersport professionals help create laid-back adventures with a fleet of stand-up paddleboards. Atop Lake Washington's warm waters, the company's instructors teach pupils how to balance on boards and use paddles to stir giant cups of cocoa. Forests and water lilies make up the lakefront vistas that backdrop the on-water classroom, beckoning each student to explore aquatic locals such as Juanita Bay or Andrew's Bay, near Seward Park. Elsewhere, Paddle Flow Yoga classes held on paddleboards challenge participants to stretch and breathe deeper.