Even though I've been practicing yoga for years, it never ceases to amaze me how unbelievably challenging I find the combination of balance, strength and control. Now, comes the news that the newest trend in yoga is holding class on floating paddle boards. I might as well just admit defeat now. (Just kidding! I know that's not the spirit of yoga.)
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Still, look how scary this is ...
Essentially the concept involves practicing downward facing dog and other yoga poses on an over-sized surfboard floating over water (instead of a yoga mat in a safe, dry, stationary studio). The classes are actually gaining popularity in Hawaii, California, Florida, and Washington. That may be because some yoga instructors believe paddle board yoga is more of a workout than regular yoga -- the platform is unstable and you have to use your core and muscles to keep from falling off the board into the water. It's only a matter of time before they are offered at a studio or surf shop near you. Eeps!
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Once I get over my fear of toppling over into the water, I'd probably admit the experience looks pretty amazing. There are some benefits to be out in nature -- namely that the water likely has a calming, harmonious effect on the practice. Plus, you don't have to worry about someone's cellphone ringing during Shavasana.
And besides, isn't yoga about pushing yourself to do something you never thought possible?
Have you ever done yoga on a floating paddle board?
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