Business hosts yoga class on the lake

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Boaters at Smith Lake Dam saw something out of the ordinary on Saturday morning — a yoga class taking place on the water.

Pine Valley Outdoor Living hosted the free class. Instructor Jeanna Weygand guided six students through a number of yoga poses which came with the added challenge of balancing on a paddle board.

Owner Rich Gregory was pleased with the feedback he got. He has already been asked when the next class will be.

"I thought it was a great starting point. I feel like it will definitely lead to a next one," he said.

Located on Curry Highway, Pine Valley Outdoor Living began four years ago as an affiliate of Pine Valley Landscaping. 

Gregory saw the need for a business that would rent kayaks, kneeboards, trampolines and other items for a day of fun on the water. He asked himself why Walker County couldn't offer some of the recreational activities he saw in other places.  

"We have so much right here under our noses, and we're not taking advantage of it," he said.

Though business has been good in previous years, it was booming this summer as families sought some respite on the lake in the midst of COVID-19.

Gregory got the idea to host a paddle board yoga class from a friend who took a class in Birmingham.

Since it is new to the area, Gregory offered the class for free and Weygand gave a crash course in paddle boarding for those who were inexperienced. 

"It's for everybody. People who haven't been on a paddle board or who haven't done yoga could get out there and try it, said event coordinator Dana Koutnik.

More paddle board yoga classes could be scheduled in the future, though they may wait until next year since summer is nearing its end.

In the meantime, Gregory is interested in offering other yoga classes such as pet yoga and glow yoga.

To find out about future classes, find Pine Valley Outdoor Living on Facebook, visit www.pinevalleyoutdoorliving.com or call 205-221-7463 and speak to general manager Ella Banks.