Paddle Your Way To Better Balance

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Taking the practice of yoga to a new level, paddleboard yoga combines sport, serenity and challenge in a total body workout that puts your stabilizing ability to the test. Depending on the level of the class, you might start on your knees before escalating to full standing poses on the board. Once you do, the act of keeping yourself steady enhances the workout you’re getting from the postures. If you get off balance, falling in the water is just part of the fun.

It burns calories and fat with the act of stabilizing and rowing and is ideal for building long and lean muscles. “Once you figure out what it takes to balance on an unstable surface, you’re going to take that knowledge back to your mat practice and it’s going to blow that practice away. You’re going to know where the tipping point in your core is,” says Amy Gates, Coeur d’Alene Resort Yoga Instructor. Translation: better body awareness and balance.

If you don’t have a paddleboard handy, you can still practice this pose for balance. In a deep lunge with right foot facing forward and left foot down (or perpendicular to right foot), stretch out arms in a straight T, while keeping the right knee over the right ankle and head turned to the right and gazing at the right hand. Hold for up to one minute. “It’s a power pose because everything from your feet to the top of your head is engaged and active,” Gates says. Repeat with left leg forward and right leg back.

Visit Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, ID, to learn more about lessons offered throughout the summer.

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