I have been fascinated with trying yoga on a standup paddleboard, and the wind and weather has finally been cooperating -( too windy means beginners like me can wobble a bit, or worse)
so here's the scoop - first day, Amy Hotchkiss from standup and paddle cape cod takes me for a lesson at Wequaquet lake in centerville. beautiful morning, a bit breezy, but calm on the edges of the lake. Amy is a standup paddle master, so she gets me to stand up after a bit of resistance from me. I get courage, and feel so very cool - I feel like I am somewhere in Italy, paddling down some channel to my favorite restaurant. wake up and paddle! Amy suggests we cross the lake. WHAT????!!! Its a big lake. It wasn't graceful. Ok, I didn't fall off. no yoga yet, no way am I even trying anything but standing up. My shouders felt it the next day though.
Next time we go in at west bay in osterville - paddling down eel river - so beautiful! the birds and the fish don't seem to be bothered by us at all so we get to see some excellent sights - osprey diving for fish close by, great blue heron, and other cool critters. Sunday morning we paddle west bay again - different adventure, all beautiful!
next day, Melissa Jansen gives us a lesson in yoga on the paddleboards. Before she even begins, my first yoga move is sliding off my board knee deep into low tide mud. I decide to take the video - they are all so graceful, but you can see how challenging it can be - Tracy demonstrates the flying parsvakonasana at the end of my short video. for now, I will be practicing breathing on a paddleboard, get to the yoga a little later. d.