I had the great pleasure of getting out on my paddle board this weekend for what was my first SUP yoga session of the season. Pure bliss.
There is something about having the whole lake as your immediate space, paddling atop glass water, hearing the water ripple underneath your board and feeling the warm sun beat down upon your face that is mesmerizing and completely energizing. Paddle yoga allows me to feel inner peace. It's calming and rooting for me.
When I first moved to Alberta from Ontario, I sold my paddle board. We were moving to a remote, northern area of the province and lakes were not present, let alone plentiful. Growing up on Georgian Bay, paddling and swimming on the daily, I never felt at home there. When we relocated to the eastern side of Alberta, to Lakeland County, I bought a beautiful Surftech Roxy 10'6 SUP and I can honestly say I'm getting my groove back. That paddle board has reignited a zest for summer life in me.
As I paddled the perimeter of Owl River inlet in Lac La Biche, the wind halted and the conditions were near perfect for SUP yoga. I carried out a yin practice and my heart sang. I've missed you dear friend.
As I took up wheel pose on my board I became cognizant of how shaky and unstable I was. Deep breathing granted me the opportunity to centre myself and really ground into my board. It wasn't a pretty upward bow, but an upward bow nonetheless.
So incredibly grateful for a summer of SUP yoga practice. Maybe, just maybe, by August, my SUP bridge will be a little more concrete.
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