SUP Yoga

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.

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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.

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Rhiannon did a great job at making me feel comfortable on the water, and her instructions were very clear and patient. 🙂

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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

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Once we were all tied down, Rhiannon started us off with a centering pose to get us focused in the present moment.

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Then it was time to get up and start some poses, but first, mentally prepare! haha

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Mr. Zucchini Runner looking very Zen.

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I was able to do Warrior One, pretty well… so I was feeling a bit more confident at this point!

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Kristin’s husband, Evan snagged this pic of Rhiannon demonstrating how to do a modified Warrior Two, which worked great for Mr. Zucchini Runner. 😉

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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

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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!

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And surprisingly, Crane was probably the easiest one to hold, since you are so low to the ground and have a good base!

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Kristin and Mr. Zucchini Runner holding Upward Plank Pose.

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My Upward Plank 🙂

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Side plank!

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Had to represent and do a little PiYo move!!

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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. 🙂

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Kristin and I after enjoying some lunch back at the Marina and Boat Rental area.

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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?

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Kristin snagged this cute moment of us. <3 Thank you!!

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And we’re all in!

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Nothing really beats this…

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We only spent an hour out on the lake with the boats, but that was plenty. It was 108 degrees!!

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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!

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A special thanks to Kristin, Rhiannon and Evan for the majority of these photos!

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6 Responses to SUP Yoga

  1. I’m so happy we got to spend the day together doing Yoga/SUP and kayaking!!! I’m thrilled I was able to take pictures for you!! They come out so amazing – it’s a great memory to have!!
    I love the term you used – “Leaning Tree”!! Perfect description since it’s soooo hard on the board lol!!!
    I’m not surprised you fell asleep on the way home! Once Evan and I got home and showered up, we sat on the couch for hours like bumps on a log haha!!!
    Again, had a great time with you, Dan, Rhiannon, and Evan!! Looking forward to more fun adventures with Zucchini Runner!!!

  2. So cool! I have yet to try SUP but want to for sure….but chances are I’d fall in =) And yes! I love Lake Pleasant too. It’s in our neck of the woods so we find ourselves heading there at least once a month during the summer months.

  3. Did anyone fall in? I would be so embarrassed coming from hawaii and knowing I couldn’t do yoga on a SUP. SUP by itself, cake. Probably could even take the SUP and go shred on it… but yoga? I dunno =).