I asked my friend Pamela if she’d like to try a SUP class (stand up paddleboard yoga) with me. We like the same kind of movement…ballet, Pilates and yoga so I knew she’d say, “Yes, Let’s do it!”
I found out about the class from one of my favorite yoga teachers. When Pamela and I arrived, we were greeted by Sloane telling us to pick out a board and enjoy the calming effects of the water…Sloane would say, “Listen to the sounds of summer.”
I love outside yoga practice…the feel of the sun warming your body, the smell of sunscreen but the relaxation of the water added a new element that was challenging AND energizing. We all need more vitamin D!
A paddleboard is about the same size as a yoga mat. When you place your belly on the hole in the center then you stay centered.
I imagine that if I practiced paddleboard yoga all the time, I really would stay centered…I would also get one of these pretty boards.
The balancing poses were the most difficult. You HAVE to use your core to stabilize. Paddleboard yoga calls for more focus and I also felt more motivated simply because, I didn’t want to fall!
It was easy to see if your balance was off because the board lets you know if you have more weight on one side.
Sloane’s eight-year-old daughter was the bravest of the class. She would go for it, fall, and get right back up with a smile. She’s a little girl who is growing up VERY balanced!
The best part of practicing paddleboard yoga is that feels a bit like walking on water. Once you’ve tried a SUP paddleboard yoga class, you’re going to want to repeat the same feeling…it’s magical!
When Pamela and I left our boards, we said the same thing that we did going in…“Yes, Let’s do it…AGAIN!!”