Chaturanga dandasana (half push-up) on a stand up paddle board is a whole other pose than the one you bust out on a yoga mat. Same with warrior two. And don’t let me catch you trying to flip your down dog.
Last week, I took my first stand up paddle board yoga class at Underwater Connection. It was taught by Holly Sciorra, a local yoga teacher, who recently completed training in Boulder.
There were four of us on an early Friday morning. One of us had done it before, though in the actual ocean. She was a pro, even bursting up into a wheel pose toward the end of class, which is challenging on dry land, too. I stayed in my nice, sweet, steady bridge pose while she did that.
It was more challenging than I expected. There was a constant wobble factor that kept me focused — one of the initial perks that brought me to the mat. It’s good for forgetting anything that’s troubling you.
Practice was very slow and very modified. We dropped to the back knee for standing poses and didn’t do much in the way of big balance poses, like dancer or eagle.
My favorite part? Resting in corpse pose on my back on the board. The gentle movement of the water was super relaxing and comforting, and I could let my arms dangle off the side of the board and in the water.
I would do this class again. They also hold some weekend classes at Prospect Lake, but those will end relatively soon, when the weather gets cold.
Check out the site for details: uwcscuba.com.