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Stand-up paddleboard yoga

Posted by Meghan Walker on June 1st, 2011

A few days ago, a reader sent us some photos of people doing yoga on stand-up paddleboards. As it turns out, it’s part of a new class offered by WASUP Yoga.

WASUP Yoga is part of the Washington Surf Academy and Surf Ballard.  According to Andrew Drake from the Washington Surf Academy, “People are always looking for new and exciting ways to work out and yoga on paddleboards is a great way to achieve this.

Instead of taking a yoga class inside you get to enjoy your yoga practice in nature,” Drake wrote in an email.  “What other yoga class has harbor seals poking their heads up to watch you take a downward dog?  It also adds another dimension to the workout by needing to balance a bit more,” he added.

Photos by Andrew Drake

Co-owner Hasna Atry is an instructor for the floating yoga classes. In an email, she wrote, “When concentrating on staying afloat, incorporating breath and proper postural alignment, and maintaining connection with the nature that surrounds you, it’s virtually impossible to think about the future, past or any anxieties that may have occupied your thoughts before the practice.”

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