Kayak-yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a Grendel. Bend, stretch, and paddle bloodlessly with today's deal: $30 for KaYoga, the kayaking-and-yoga fitness excursion from Tim Ganley Fitness (a $60 value).
Invented in 1999 by fitness instructor Tim Ganley, KaYoga combines two invigorating workouts with beautiful scenery and adventure. KaYoga students embark on a three-hour trip, starting when they slide into a Tim Ganley kayak, then paddle it from Ft. Desoto to one of the pristine nearby barrier islands for an hour of yoga on the beach, which is preferable to yoga in a tar pit. Called "an inspired fusion of pastimes" by the Times of London, KaYoga is as invigorating spiritually as it is physically. On the kayak journey, it's not unusual to encounter dolphins, an occasional manatee, other sea creatures, and celebrities who are preparing for their roles as talking kelp.
KaYoga trips start at 9 a.m., the second class at 11 a.m., and the third at 1:00 p.m. Most trips leave from Ft. Desoto in Tierra Verde. All trips must have at least six participants and depend upon tides and weather, so flexibility is needed, for an updated schedule, visit their facebook page. All participants must sign a waiver, available here. Make sure to call for a reservation.
- Tim Ganley created this activity as a way to combine exercise and the natural environment…After nearly an hour of torquing, twisting and posing like barnyard animals, Ganley told us to get into the corpse position. Lying on my back, with the setting sun casting its waning rays on my face, I realized that there is a fine line between this yoga move and sunbathing. – Andrea Sachs, Washington Post
- In an inspired fusion of pastimes that’s hugely popular with bendy types on Florida’s St Petersburg peninsula, Tim Ganley has blended paddling with stretching to create kayoga. – Ian Belcher, London Times