Is Paddleboard Yoga the Next Big Trend?

Jul 25th 2011

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From Seattle to Syracuse, classes combining yoga and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are catching on with both yoga and water sports enthusiasts. News stories are popping up all over about the combination, which promises to offer a challenging twist on the practice of yoga. From what we can tell, it's exactly what it sounds like: Yoga poses on a giant surf board.

It looks like fun, but can it enhance your yoga practice?

According to Austin, Texas yoga teacher Stphany Heeren, yes. Doing yoga on the water works your core in a different way as you try and keep your balance with challenging poses like Side Plank or even Headstand, she told NBC affiliate KXAN. It challenges your balance, forces you to be present, and gives you a chance to be enjoy nature.

It sounds like a winning combo us. Not to mention, it would give you a great answer to the question, "Where's the craziest place you've ever practiced yoga?"

What do you think? Would you be willing to practice yoga on a stand up paddle board? If you have tried it, what did you think?