If you have never tried yoga and have ever felt like the pup pictured here - who spent too many rainy days indoors - you might be interested in stopping by High Peaks Cyclery (HPC) in Lake Placid this Saturday. Learn how to do a downward dog and be a mellow puppy at the free beginner yoga workshop scheduled for noon at the HPC Mountain Adventure Center on Main Street.
Free beginner yoga is just one of the many fun and healthy things you can try out this Saturday when the store will sponsor a health and fitness fair from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Also scheduled are additional free classes such as Vinyassa Flow Yoga with Tali, Kids Dance, Nordic Walking, Indoor Climbing, Beginner Bike Technique, Stretch and Strength, and Power Yoga with Robin.
Green Goddess natural food store will be on hand with samples of healthy food and nutrition information. For those of you who think you might like to try rock climbing you can give it a try for free, in the safety of the HPC indoor climbing gym.
The fitness fair is billed as “a day to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities.” As regular readers who have been subjected to my frequent exhortations to get out, move your body and play, know, this is a topic near and dear to my heart.
I am happy to report yoga has finally made the mainstream in Lake Placid. Once dismissed by hard-core competitors as “not exercise,” a regular yoga practice is now a part of life for many serious athletes. Because of the annual Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon, there are even more than the usual Olympic-athletic types hanging around Lake Placid these days. As a result, the number of yoga classes and teachers in the Adirondacks has increased dramatically since the day about 24 years ago when I took my first Adirondack yoga class with Beckie O’Neill, the mother of Adirondack yoga. As I’ve learned over the years, yoga in Lake Placid is a perfect compliment to a long day of cycling in the Adirondacks.
Yoga two-a-days anyone?