When my mom and I decided to go to to Big Cedar Lodge for a girls’ weekend, she sent me a PDF of the activity options and told me to pick out a few things that looked fun.
I told her Stand Up Paddle boarding looked fun, but she said she didn’t think she’d be able to.
Then I looked farther and saw Stand Up Paddle Board YOGA and told her that’s what we were going to do. Because if paddle boarding seems hard, why not throw yoga in the mix!?
Luckily my mom is up for anything, and agreed to try it for me.
The night before we realized the weather was pretty cool. It was supposed to only be about 60 degrees at 8:30am when we went, and we weren’t exactly sure what we wear for this. Swim suits? Yoga clothes? We decided on swim suits with clothes over them, assuming we’d be wet and freezing. Turns out you can really wear anything and don’t even need a swim suit.
Turns out you usually don’t fall in.
We went down to the marina about 5 minutes early and it turned out we were the only ones signed up for the class. This ended up being a blessing, as we heard some of the bigger classes can be more goofing off than relaxing yoga. The instructor was SO nice and even offered to take pictures for us since she had a waterproof iphone case.
The boards were thick and a bit bigger than a longboard. Our instructor had us start with some stretches on land, and then showed us the proper way to stand, hold the paddle, and maneuver around.
She also gave us little fanny pack floaties to wear, though there were full sized life jackets for those not as comfortable in the water. The class was age 18 and up, though I’m not sure why because kids of all ages were using the SUP boards during the day.
On our knees, we started to paddle out into the lake. Then after a few minutes we stood up. At first my legs were shaky, but after about a minute I gained my balance and it became surprisingly easy. I never felt like I would fall.
We paddled out towards a more private area of the lake and then she led us through a slow, easy yoga class. We didn’t try anything too crazy and she didn’t push us farther than we felt comfortable. Everything takes more concentration when you have to balance on the board, so we stuck to the very beginning type postures.
We did some twists and side stretches while seated, then made our way into cat cow and downward facing dog. We went through a few chaturangas, and then did low lunges, pigeon, and a few more poses staying low to the board. We went REALLY slow.
Next we did a bit of core work (boat pose and inclined plank) before final savasana.
NOTHING more peaceful than savasana, floating on a lake with the water rippling and the birds chirping.
After a few minutes she woke us up and we paddled back.
The whole class was a little over an hour and was so wonderful. My mom loved it so much she wanted to take it again that weekend! Unfortunately the only option was a night GLOW class (the boards light up!!) which sounded awesome but didn’t fit our schedule. Instead we took out Paddle Boards and did some poses on our own a few mornings later.
I’d HIGHLY recommend trying SUP Yoga or just Stand Up Paddle Boarding in general. It is MUCH easier than it looks!