Well and Good NYC posted a great article this week - Class Action: SUP Dog Yoga featuring Jessica Bellofatto and Gina Bradley.
Last November, I joined these phenomenal surf and yoga athletes on a retreat to Rincon, Puerto Rico, and practiced surfing, stand up paddling, and yoga techniques under their expert guidance.
Stand-up paddling is a tremendous ab and core workout! And combining that paddling with some yoga sequences, you will be not only working your core, but your balance and grace as well. Each time you gain the confidence to explore a challenging yoga asana on your board, and when you get to the full expression of the pose (for example, using your strength and balance to come up into a backbend such as wheel, or inversion such as headstand while the unsteady board rocks in the water below you) you will be overwhelmed with a phenomenal proud ah-hah moment.
“Paddling in the ocean, you are at the mercy of that. On the one hand, you need to be brave… On the other, there is an extreme sense of humility… and huge surrender. The yoga practice requires that same balance of strength and softness, but when you’re out in the elements, maintaining that balance is all the more urgent.” - Jessica Bellofatto
Last week, I went home to the Catskill Mountains in Upstate NY where I grew up. We live on a lake and it is the perfect weekend getaway, especially with my kayak and paddleboard waiting anxiously for me to come play on. I was a little rusty from not practicing my SUP yoga since November, but when I came up into my favorite heart-opening backbend, Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), the rush of energy I got from seeing the lake upside down, that shift of perspective - that was just the coolest feeling.
If you’d like to try SUP yoga before the summer comes to an end (Ah, Labor Day weekend is approaching in just a few weeks…unbelievable how quickly the summer just flew by!) you can join Jess and Gina out in East Hampton, NY for some exhilarating surf and yoga. They are truly inspiring athletes with fearless attitudes and awesome energy. I’m just dying to join them on another retreat…