Vine-yasa Flow

SUP Yoga in Alameda and Wine Tasting

Hawaii isn’t the only way to enjoy a little island life. Strike a mermaid pose right here in the Bay Area with a yoga session on the waters surrounding Alameda Island. Nicole Kanour and the crew at Mike’s Paddle lead 90-minute SUP yoga classes departing from Ballena Bay, a little-known boating haven tucked across from iconic SF cityscapes. Bring sunglasses! And don’t be intimidated if you’re a newbie: The still waters combined with a paddleboard’s stability keep things flowing. Warm up with a brief paddle to buoy lines in the middle of the calm harbor, then slowly cycle through downward dogs and Chaturangas atop glassy waters juxtaposed by distant cranes and barges.

Dipping a toe or finger while sunbathing in Savasana is pure bliss. Post Zen, it’s time for some zin! Nearby Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda Point’s Spirit Alley is housed in a former 40,000-square-foot hangar. Naval planes have since been swapped for a funky geometric dome, outdoor patios accented with ambient string lights, and spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline.

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Mike’s Paddle is located at 1150 Ballena Blvd. in Ballena Marina and offers classes and rentals for all skill levels. SUP yoga is $30 for 90 minutes. View schedule and sign up. Rock Wall Wine Company is located 10 minutes away at Alameda Point. No dogs.

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