MOUNTAIN ISLAND LAKE, N.C. -- On a hot, muggy summer evening a group seven women are suited in their workout clothes, on the banks of Mountain Island Lake. Beside each of them is a long paddle board, and a paddle.
They’re all looking toward their instructor, Ramsay Mead.
“You want to make sure your arms are straight,” explains Mead, as he demonstrates the right techniques.
Unlike the usual paddle board class where students stand up and float, Mead’s class is the first in the Charlotte area to offer yoga on the boards.
Already popular in places like Hawaii and San Diego, Mead teamed up with Uptown’s “Flex + Fit studio” to introduce the sport fitness practice to the Carolinas.
After getting balanced and comfortable with the paddle strokes, even first-time students get the hang of standing up and moving through a series of yoga poses, like downward dog and child’s pose.
By the end of class, there is a definite feeling of accomplishment.
“You feel it in your core,” said one student.
To learn more about Mead’s classes and Flex & Fit, click here.