A group of five to ten people on paddleboards line up in the middle of the bright, breezy Marina and sink into Downward Dog, wobbling slightly as they find their sea legs. This is LA’s latest yoga innovation, where practitioners trade a yoga mat for a 10-foot board. Ready to do Warrior I while seagulls squawk overhead? YOGAqua founder Sarah Tiefenthaler, who started teaching SUP yoga two years ago (making her one of the first teachers in the country), leads the sessions in Marina Del Rey. Show up in a swimsuit, wetsuit or yoga gear that can get wet—yes, you might fall off the board!—and pick up a rental board, included in the class fee. After 15 minutes of paddling instruction, you’re ready to attempt a series of asanas on the water. Don’t worry about the wobble: The challenge of aligning yourself perfectly on a floating board only adds balance to your in-studio practice.
Where else can you sweat to the oldies with Richard Simmons—live and in person!—or do yoga on a paddleboard in the middle of the Marina? Only here in LA do you find the best workouts where a perfect confluence of healthy living, celebrity culture, 70-and-sunny weather and adventurous citizens combine to produce some of the world’s most unique fitness workouts. Switch up the everyday hikes and yoga classes with 10 ways to tone your body, LA-style.