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Say “ahhh” and “om” with Lake Tahoe Yoga’s classes at the beach. (Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Yoga)

Lake Tahoe Yoga

Pay om-age to the Big Blue at this studio in Zephyr Cove, whose slogan is “We practice yoga everywhere.” They mean that literally—summer classes range from Beach Asana, where students exercise right on the sand using beach towels instead of yoga mats, to Stand-Up Paddle Yoga, where you’ll stretch and bend on paddleboards up to 400 feet from shore. For an equally fun but indoor option, consider the in-studio Happy Hour Yoga sessions with events like “Poses & Pints” and “Serene Sips,” where visitors can enjoy complimentary beer or wine after practice. And if you can’t find a sitter, bring your kids along for Yoga Storytime, where they’ll learn about the discipline through an interactive story and have a chance to try it for themselves. $12-$17 for one class. 100 McFaul Way. Zephyr Cove. 775-588-8607.

Secret Cove Beach

When they say “secret,” they mean it: This breathtaking stretch of sand and rock on the remote eastern edge of the lake—where blue-green waves lap ashore over a bed of submerged, almost spherical granite boulders—isn’t noted on any of the neighboring road signs or area maps along Nevada State Route 28. But once you do see a sign on the three-quarter-mile trail leading to Secret Cove, there’s no mistaking it: It’s the one advising, “Nude sunbathers may be present in this area.” You don’t have to go au naturel, though, to enjoy this beach’s splendor. You just have to find it. To do so, start from the parking lot perched lakeside on Route 28 just south of the Washoe County line. Walk around the vehicle gate at the edge of the lot, follow a sun-dappled dirt road until you hit the beach sign, and then cut downhill to the water. Whether or not you decide to undress, this beach will decidedly give you the most scenic way to unwind.

1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Situated 20 minutes east of Lake Tahoe in tiny Genoa, Nev. (founded in 1851, making it the oldest town in the state), this popular high-desert outpost lets visitors soak in one of five tubs brimming with mineral waters from the natural hot springs at the foot of the Sierras ($30 for a day pass). A spa highlight is the Vichy Shower (where the hot springs’ detoxifying waters rain through seven shower heads onto guests as they lie on a cushioned table) followed by a scrub or wrap, while travelers short on time can try the Express Therapy Mini Spa Package—a massage and facial in 40 minutes—as a quick indulgence to swiftly de-stress. 2001 Foothill Rd. Genoa. 775-782-8155.

Mountain Lotus Yoga

Fitness enthusiasts can channel the serene majesty of Tahoe at this destination for the mind, body and spirit—the only yoga studio settled right on the lake’s shore. Mountain Lotus offers standards from vinyasa flow to hot yoga, which give yogis the chance to bend into warrior one or downward-facing dog bathed in sunlight reflecting off the pristine waters. Check out the Vacationer’s Special, which pairs a free yoga class with a one-hour, deep-tissue rubdown ($85) for maximum tranquility, just in case holding a mountain pose against the natural backdrop of North Lake’s beauty isn’t relaxing enough. $17 for one class. 760 North Lake Blvd. Tahoe City. 530-583-7500.

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