Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yoga Goes Adrift For A New Twist


I'm not in to Yoga.  Granted I don't know much about it and thus have no real opinions about the practice, but by the same token what little I do know has never really sparked my interest...until now.
I happen to be a standup paddleboarder, which as it turns out is great exercise in a great setting.  So when I saw a recent article in the News & Observer that focused on Yoga done on paddleboards, I couldn't help but read it.  Yoga Finds A Place On The Water profiles Heather Moore of Fuquay-Varina, NC who is yoga instructor and entrepreneur.  She decided to merge the two work-out methods and now offers instructional sessions on Lake Jordan (NC).  Her early efforts seem to be working with over 50 participants this summer.
I must say this is one heck of a unique concept.  On the surface paddleboarding and yoga are about as far apart as bacon and lettuce, but when combined in the right way (bacon bits on salad), they become very complimentary.  In the case of paddleboarding, balance is a key issue, and yoga is big on balance.  Thus, if you can successfully execute yoga moves on a paddleboard sitting dead in the water, you are definitely going to improve your SUP skills.  

I will probably stick with SUP as a standalone and keep on paddling my @$$ off for a great workout, but I can see the potential of yoga-boarding...
Whether this has any appeal to you or not, the message that I am trying to get across is that exercise doesn't have to be a hardship.  With a little bit of research and creativity, you should be able to find a variety of enjoyable, yet beneficial activities that will help you lose weight and get fit.  Without a doubt, this has been a core part of my success - making weight loss FUN!

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