If you are like me, you may be wondering what the heck SUP is… or maybe you are from California or somewhere near a body of water where stand up paddleboards are more common than the desert. 😉 Either way, now you know for SURE. This weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing yoga while on a stand up paddle board — SUP Yoga! Apparently, there are some really pretty lakes in Arizona – WHO KNEW!? I kid… kinda. Of all the lakes I’ve been to here, I think Lake Pleasant is by far the nicest. 🙂 See the red marker at Lake Pleasant Marina below? That’s where we did our SUP Yoga this weekend.
You’ve heard me mention my friend Kristin, of Cook and Run with Kristin before, right? Well I can always count on her to introduce me to new things and this SUP Yoga was no exception! She discovered a local yogi, Rhiannon, who leads yoga classes in the coolest places! (Next up on my to-do list, is yoga in Butterfly Wonderland!) Now, without reading another word, go check out her site, don’t worry, it will open in a new window — I’m not going anywhere!
Cool, right?! If you end up signing up and taking a class with her, be sure to mention I sent ya. As a fellow small business owner/entrepreneur, it’s always nice to know how the word is being spread! She also has a Facebook page as well.
Rhiannon did a great job at making me feel comfortable on the water, and her instructions were very clear and patient. 🙂
Kristin snagged this pic of me trying to catch the board’s fin on the tie down line. Can you imagine doing SUP Yoga, with a whole group of people all being carried away by the current? haha
Once we were all tied down, Rhiannon started us off with a centering pose to get us focused in the present moment.
Then it was time to get up and start some poses, but first, mentally prepare! haha
Mr. Zucchini Runner looking very Zen.
I was able to do Warrior One, pretty well… so I was feeling a bit more confident at this point!
Kristin’s husband, Evan snagged this pic of Rhiannon demonstrating how to do a modified Warrior Two, which worked great for Mr. Zucchini Runner. 😉
My all-time favorite yoga pose, because it is so centering and “easy” for me. On the board, it was a WHOLE other story. I was concentrating pretty hard here, and my posture is pretty off! I will call this “Leaning Tree” 🙂 hehe
And don’t let this pic fool you… it was HARD for me to get to this pose. After many failed attempts, and ALMOST falling into the water (which I would have been ok with, but was trying to avoid), I managed to hold it just long enough for Rhiannon to snag a quick photo!
And surprisingly, Crane was probably the easiest one to hold, since you are so low to the ground and have a good base!
Kristin and Mr. Zucchini Runner holding Upward Plank Pose.
My Upward Plank 🙂
Had to represent and do a little PiYo move!!
After we got to play around and do some fun moves on our own, we all hung out and just relaxed out on the water. It was so peaceful. 🙂
Oh HEY! Then we decided to extend the day and do a little kayaking. Boat rentals were very reasonable, so why not explore a little more?
And we’re all in!
Nothing really beats this…
We only spent an hour out on the lake with the boats, but that was plenty. It was 108 degrees!!
I’m not gonna lie, I fell asleep within 2 minutes of getting on the road back home. It’s about an hour drive from where we live, so I got a decent nap in! Mr. Zucchini Runner was a trooper! I’m sure he was tired too. I can’t wait to go back and explore Lake Pleasant more in the future!
A special thanks to Kristin, Rhiannon and Evan for the majority of these photos!
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