In the spirit of trying new things at the Wanderlust Festival in Vermont (I also wrote about how much I loved hooping, which was also new to me), I signed up for Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on day two of the four-day yoga and music gathering. I was a bit nervous; while I've done plenty of yoga, I've never even tried paddleboarding, so I was hoping I wouldn't make too much of a fool of myself.
Turns out, it's pretty easy. Excellent instruction on how to paddleboard standing up was given to the group, and we soon paddled out on our stomachs, practiced (carefully) standing up, and then used our long oars to guide us around the pretty reservoir lake. After we had gotten that much down — it wasn't very hard, especially since we were on a quiet lake and there were no ocean waves — we placed our oars down the middle of our boards, and practiced basic yoga positions, led by a yoga teacher familiar with instructing a class on a paddleboard.
Starre Vartan stretches up before diving into downdog.
Keeping both feet on the board for the first few poses was imperative, since anything that tested the balance made you feel as if you were immediately going to plunge into the water. I tried stretching up (shown above) and slowly and gently coming into downdog, which felt pretty secure. I kneeled and did some cat and cow poses, and then came back up to stand. A bit of wobbling occurred, but I was getting the balance of it.
Attempting a crescent pose!