Where: Marina Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey, California
Who: Stoked Yogi, class led by owner Amelia Travis. (This company is based in Southern California, but SUP Yoga is popping up all over the country. Look for one in your area.)
What We Did: After a brief demo of how to get on the paddleboard and how to use the paddle, we all hopped on our boards and slowly got a feel for how to balance on our knees and then how to stand. As a group, we paddled out into the marina and, after being told how to drop our anchors, set up a pod together before starting our yoga practice.
The instructor led an hour-long hatha yoga flow, which included typical poses that you will recognize from land yoga. We did up-dogs, down dogs, warrior poses, sun salutations, bridge and other basic poses. The practice is generally slower than regular yoga, because you are learning to balance on your board. For more advanced yogis, a few balancing poses like crow pose and headstand were offered, but not required. The practice is not rushed, and the instructor floats around helping anyone who needs more guidance or balance tips. We were told it is rare to fall in the water, and no one in our group did. The paddleboards weigh approximately 27 pounds and are very buoyant . Continue reading >>