SKATING BY The last time I Rollerbladed, I was about 13 years old and still employing the throw-yourself-on-the-grass method of stopping (I never mastered the toe stop). That’s the first memory that came to mind when my editor proposed I try out the new practice of Mobile Yoga —a hybrid of yoga and inline skating developed by Cleveland-based certified yoga and inline-skating instructor Kris Fondran. For those of us who don’t live in Cleveland, Fondran offers free YouTube videos and printable instructions on her website for a self-guided workout, which is broken up into 5- to 15-minute increments focusing on everything from breath awareness and stretching to pushing and gliding. My practice started off just fine as I loosened up and centered my breath on the mat. (Beginning yogis will want to read up on Fondran’s blog for explanations of the different stretches and poses, as she breezes right through them in the video.) When the time came to slip on the skates, I managed to keep my balance for the warm-up of basic squats, knee bends and even when I attempted to synchronize the rhythm of my breathing with gliding. On the video, as Fondran gracefully moves into the more advanced mobile postures, such as tree (arms twisted together and one leg wrapped around the other) and Eka Padasana (one leg stretched behind the body and arms reaching forward), Mobile Yoga is reminiscent of figure skating, minus the triple axels. This rusty Rollerblader, on the other hand, was concentrating more on avoiding major hip bruises than feeling the movement of my breath. I was relieved to remove my skates at the end of the gliding portion and sink into mat poses such as downward dog. And frankly, the clunky weight of the blades on my feet compared to the usual light, barefoot feeling of yoga, was a bit distracting. The verdict: Despite my initial reaction that this was yet another gimmicky form of yoga, I can see its benefits—namely in improving one’s balance and getting in a cardio workout at the same time. Just brush up on your blading skills first.