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Published November 27th 2015
Improve your balance, strength and fitness
I'm on the hunt for the perfect active date and when I stumbled upon Yogaverse and Ocean Addicts' Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga class I knew I had hit the jackpot! This brilliant little fitness activity brings all the fitness benefits already associated with yoga but ups the challenge by sticking you up on a wobbly board. This extra difficulty forces participants to fully focus and truly be in the moment. It also means that after only a few sessions your balance is improved extraordinarily.
Sarah of Yogaverse was our brilliant teacher for the session and she began the class by a brief beach session to allow newbies a chance to experience yoga on flat ground before jumping on the rocky boards. It also gave everyone the time to focus on their breathing which is crucial for any yoga participant. After our opening few moves were done we grabbed our anchor, board and paddle, and headed out to sea (ok, so around the corner to the opening of a river mouth). This in itself was a challenge because there was a bit of wind, which caused a slight current we had to fight against. However soon enough we made it to our spot, dropped our anchors and positioned ourselves into our first Downward Facing Dog, ready for our class.
Here I am rocking my pose and my husband is just chilling in the background
The class began with a bunch of yoga poses I was familiar with, however up on the board these moves that I had mastered on land had become rather challenging. In fact, whilst it was my husband who fell off first, it was me who fell off the most. But these regularly dips in the Maroochy River were very refreshing and only added an extra element of fun to the class. Sarah was not only a brilliant yoga instructor but she was also very attentive to our needs, and she sensed my desire to do some partner moves with my new hubby. So, at the end of the class she gave us three challenging moves to try in our pairs. Each involved new levels of balance and teamwork that we had never experienced before, but after successfully completing all three, we finished the class very chuffed with our efforts.
The couple that does yoga together stays together.