Imagine looking up in the a perfect blue sky, with glimmers of pink from the setting sun, listening to the ripple of a lake kiss your bobbing stand up paddleboard while you lay in savasana, totally relaxed and carefree… That was how I ended my weekend today. It was perfect. My workout buddy bought us a Groupon deal for Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga through Moksha Yoga in Hamilton and we had an amazing time.
We started our hour and a half paddle with some laying and kneeling poses before spending some time paddling down Christie Lake at Christie’s Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario. I couldn’t handle not playing in the water, so before we started the really challenging balance poses, I dove off my board and went for a little swim.
The balancing poses began with Warrior pose. Simple stuff right? Apparently not. The boards Boga Yoga SUPs we were using were super wide and super stable, and I was one of the most experienced paddlers there, but I wiped right out – the first one in class to do so. Good thing I like the water! We then moved into Tree Pose, using the paddle as a balancing stick. The trick to nailing this one was to stand right behind the handle. I did get into a left legged tree pose (still working on stability after that sprain!) but it was for mere seconds. Next up was Dancer’s Pose … you can imagine how well that went. We then tried Wheel Pose and I rolled myself right into the water for the second or third time that session.
Our instructor Elda was super nice and ran a great class. A fellow instructor Nicole also came and took some photos for us! I can’t wait to see how they turned out… hopefully I’m on my feet in all of them 😉
Moksha Yoga Hamilton has at least one more SUP Paddle and Flow workshop (that I know of) left this summer. It’s taking place on September 9, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Christie Lake Conservation Area. If you’re interested in taking your yoga or SUP practice to a new level while having a blast, check out their website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.