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Something new: Paddle Board Yoga

Well, at least to me. I`d never heard of paddle board yoga until my recent trip to Florida. When I heard the name I started imagining lots of things, like do you have yoga in the ocean or in a pool? How does it work with the waves in the ocean, must be really hard with water moving around and beneath you. So I thought it would be a great experience for you beach lovers among us to try something new. We`ve talked about yoga on the beach now it`s time to take yoga into the water.

Here it is, the equipment:

Paddle Board Yoga

Yes, that`s it, the only surface between you and the water. You can imagine that my first question was: “How big is the chance I`ll fall in the water?” LauraLynn (my yoga instructor) just said: “Well, that depends on your balance.” Right… she must have seen my reaction and immediately said: “We`ll give you the super steady board and we`ll help you through it.” And off we went, by the way we were paddling on a lake. It`s not uncommon to practice paddle board yoga in the ocean or pool either.

We started out with some easy positions to get you familiar with your board.

Paddle Board Yoga

After a few positions you start to get the hang of it and can already do crazier things.

Paddle Board Yoga

And if you`re more experienced, you can even pull this off!

Paddle Board Yoga

I have to admit that I wasn`t too sure about my chances of staying dry, but I can tell you that I did not fall into the water and very much enjoyed my first paddle board yoga class. If you ever get the chance to try it, I suggest you go ahead and have fun!

A session of an hour costs $35 for one person and this includes board rental for the duration of the class. They do ask to pre-register to ensure they have enough equipment for everyone. If you bring your own board, it`s $20 for one person.

Special thanks to LauraLynn from Yoga Elements for encouraging me during my yoga session and Panama City Beach for given me the opportunity to give it a go.

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6 Responses to “Something new: Paddle Board Yoga”

  1. LauraLynn Jansen January 31, 2013 2:57 pm #

    Hi Isabelle,

    So glad you had a good time with us. You did fabulous for a newbie to both the yoga & SUP world. You are living proof that if you have never tried you can still have a great experience (and not get wet). 🙂

    Warmly, LauraLynn

    • Isabelle January 31, 2013 3:30 pm #

      Thanks LauraLynn! Hope to be back one day to try the air one 😉

  2. Abi January 31, 2013 11:41 pm #

    Oh, having seen you try this on dry land I wish I’d been there to see it in person! Congrats for giving it a go – hope you had fun!

    • Isabelle February 1, 2013 1:52 pm #

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Abi 😉 I sure had a great time!


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