On Saturday I attended my first standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga class. Yoga is something I already love, but I have to admit that I wanted to take this class to see what it was like to use a paddleboard. Paddleboarding has been on my mind for the past few years, but I needed to try it out before I entertained the idea of getting one down the road. Luckily my favorite yoga teacher, Devin Kibbe, offered this class so I immediately signed up.
My husband agreed to join me and at about 9:00 am we set out to the pond, which was about 30 minutes away. Once we arrived we were asked if we have ever used a paddleboard before and were given a brief tutorial on how to row properly. Once in the water we started our in a kneeling position to get our bearings. We then progressed from seated poses all the way through to standing ones. Everything was slower than a typical yoga class, but mostly because we all struggled with varying degrees of keeping balance.
One of the things I learned to keep in mind is where my center of gravity was in relation to which pose I would be trying to perform. Once I was able to get a feel for that, I felt more confidence in my balance. Devin encouraged me to keep trying sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Eventually I was ale to get into it for a few moments. I even tried to get into bakasana (crow pose) a few times. Luckily, I never fell into the water!
After roughly an hour and a half we headed back to shore. It was great being surrounded by beautiful scenery for the duration of the class. The temperature was moderate. The water was calm. Everything one would want when performing yoga outdoors. I really loved this class and would easily sign up for it again. Next season, I may even have my own paddleboard. Who knows?