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Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard

Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard

This is part of a 30-day series exploring adventurous living near Rockaway Beach, Queens. 

26th Day in Rockaway: Yoga on a Standup Paddleboard

It was a yoga heavy weekend in Rockaway Beach with a Saturday morning beach session and a Sunday afternoon SUP session on the bay. Pop Up Yoga NYC & A-Team Paddleboarding run SUP yoga classes all summer that are accessible to all levels (starting at $40 a class which includes the board!)

We headed out to the bay and after a quick lesson on paddling technique hopped on our SUPs and headed out on the water. After 15 minutes or so of paddling we dropped our anchors (sand filled milk jugs attached to the SUP leash by rope) to hold our boards in place while we practiced yoga.

Amy (of A-Team Paddleboarding) started us off with seated poses and some warm up stretching before we moved into some other poses gradually working our way up to planks, crow, headstands, and in my opinion the hardest move to do on a SUP: Warrior 1.

The best part of the class was the shavasana as the boards bobbed around and our arms got to rest in the water. Though there were a few passing boats, overall it was quiet with the sounds of wind and wildlife to help us completely let go. An awesome way to find urban zen. SUP Yoga is offered Friday - Sunday from A Team Paddleboarding with special Pop Up Yoga NYC sessions on Sundays that include a free drink at the Riis Beach Bazaar!

By Sarah Knapp as part of 30 Days in the Rockaways

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