Be like water. Go with the flow.
Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was in a yoga rut?
Well, I think I found my way out of it.
This past weekend I took my yoga practice out of the studio and into nature.
It was the best thing ever.
On Friday I decided to spontaneously sign up for a Sunset Yoga Hike through Bending Bodhi Yoga. It was a wicked hot and humid day but the evening was promising for a gorgeous sunset. What better way to kick off the weekend with a little hike and short yoga session looking over this beautiful world we live in?
I want to end every day doing that!
On Sunday I attended my first SUP yoga class.
Not to spoil it but I’m kind of obsessed and want to do it every.single.day.
Being on a SUP wasn’t anything new to me. I’ve gone a few times before and have absolutely loved it. Ever since Hawaii Ron and I both have wanted to get boards. And Ron won’t let me forget that he did headstand on his board. Show off.
We had grand visions of our kids riding on the front of the boards just like all the kids do in Hawaii. Of course our kids would do that, right? But then we got home and realized that it sounded like a much better idea in our heads than in real life. Although now the idea is back in my head!
We started off with Jana giving us the details of how to get on the paddle board and how to use the paddle. We then paddled out into the harbor and after being told how to drop our anchors, set up a pod together before starting our yoga practice.
FYI – All photos from the practice are courtesy of SUP YO.
Jana led about 65 minute yoga flow. We did up dog, down dog, warrior I and II, reverse warrior, sun salutations, bridge and other basic poses.
The practice was slow and gentle because HELLO we are also trying to balance on the board. I was shocked to find that side plank was the hardest pose to hold. It was the only real time that I felt a sense of feeling like “OH NO I’M GOING IN!” Keeping one knee on the board was all I could muster. And there was no way I was getting my knee off the board!
I attempted crow and succeeded in getting my toes up for 2.2 seconds before face planting on the board. A few of the girls popped out headstand, which was so cool. I got one leg up and was too chicken to even try to put the other one up!
So did I fall in? Surprisingly, no. A couple of the girls did and were able to pop back up on the board with no problems.
I love yoga and how it makes me feel. But practicing yoga on a board in the ocean (or water in general) is simply marvelous.
The sound of lapping water and the gentle rocking motion of the waves. The warmth of the sun warming your skin. The gentle breeze cooling you off. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
We finished class and I could not stop smiling from ear to ear afterwards. I wanted to spend the whole day on the board enjoying the calmness of it all. I came home and promptly told Ron that I need a SUP board of my own. I see a whole lot of SUP Yoga in my future for the rest of the summer.
Fresh air and vitamin sea always does a body good. And it does wonders for a yoga practice too!
Have you done SUP Yoga?