Yoga on Paddleboards? Surf Shop Offers New Workout on Lake St. Clair, Stony Creek

Great Lakes Surf Shop of St. Clair Shores hosts yoga classes on paddleboards on the water at Burke Park in New Baltimore and Stony Creek in Shelby Township this month.

Yoga has long been associated with serenity and finding your center. 

And, thanks to a new series of classes hosted by St. Clair Shores-based , yogis can find tranquility on local waters.

Yoga on the Lake—using the stand-up paddleboards becoming popular with water sports enthusiasts— is offered at in Shelby Township and on Lake St. Clair at  in New Baltimore.

It takes the exercise away from yoga mats and onto paddleboards, where balancing is more of a challenge.

The first session attracted about 9 people at Burke Park, said Great Lakes Surf Shop co-owner Melanie Rucinski.

"A lot of people weren't sure what to expect. However, it ended up being a lot of laughs and a lot of splashes and a good workout as well," Rucinski said.

When things got too shaky, it wasn't uncommon for someone to fall overboard.

"I've even fallen in a handful of times, which makes it fun," she said.

Anyone is welcome to join, even if they have no prior yoga or paddleboard experience.

The classes are:

  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:45 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Stony Creek Metro Park, 4300 Main Road, Shelby Township.
  • 6-7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Burke Park, 36300 Front Street in New Baltimore.
  • 9-10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 8 at Burke Park.
  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Stony.
  • 8-9:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Burke.
  • 7-8:15 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Burke.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call or email 24 hours prior to the class at 586-306-0951, 586-359-6951 or email melanie@greatlakessurf.com. The fee is $30 if you have a board and $40 if you need to rent one.

M. Fiore July 06, 2012 at 12:39 PM
$30-40 per class ??? Ouch.
Concerned Citizen July 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
That is a crazy price. Who can afford that? I guess I would rather be able to feed my family.
kidcat24 July 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I have never been to a casino but I know many who go and dropping $40 is nothing to them.
Cheryl July 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I know a lot of people who spend more than that to get their toenails painted or hair done. Activities like this are fun and help keep your body strong and healthy. Worthy investment :)
Sharon July 18, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I took the class tonight. It was by far the best exercise class I have ever taken. Great workout on the water and they let you practice with the paddle board. It is less money if you don't need to rent their board. So for $40 you get the class and paddleboard rental. Well worth it!


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