Breathe, SUP, Rejuvenate, Repeat

I stand ankle-deep in clear, warm water, wiggling my toes into the sand. Not a ripple stirs the glassy water, reflecting blue sky above and tall trees rimming mountainous shores. Gazing up into the blue sky during Shavasana, our fingers and toes dangling in the water, we enjoy several minutes of complete relaxation after an hour of yoga.

Kama Prana

I stand ankle-deep in clear, warm water, wiggling my toes into the sand. Not a ripple stirs the glassy water, reflecting blue sky above and tall trees rimming mountainous shores. It's a perfect morning to do SUP Yoga and I feel blessed to be on the calm, pristine Adirondack waters.

Steve and Jason of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters pull our wide, fully-padded SUPs off the trailer and line them up in the shallow water. Our group this morning represents a wide range of ages, from 14 to 74, and many are experiencing yoga and SUP for the very first time.

To begin, we put one knee – or foot – on each side of the center-handle, a few paddle-strokes out to drop anchors, and we're ready to enjoy our blissful time in this beautiful place.

We get comfortable in a seated position and connect with a simple "Ommmm." Reaching up, our fingertips move toward the beautiful blue sky, then down toward our knees as we breathe deeply and relax. Nobody tries to touch their toes – it's not about "being the best." Some dip their fingers in the warm, peaceful water.

Then, we plant the hands and knees onto the mat, also called a tabletop pose, and release the spine into cat and dog poses. We widen the knees and send the hips back to relax into Child's Pose.

Release your wrists and spread your fingers. If your knees are bothering you today, instead of Child's Pose, stay in tabletop and walk your hands toward your knees as you relax the head and tailbone down towards the mat.

Gazing up into the blue sky during Shavasana, our fingers and toes dangling in the water, we enjoy several minutes of complete relaxation after an hour of yoga. Gently rising into a seated position for our closing "Ommm," we take a moment to enjoy the peace before we lift anchors.

After a full yoga class on the boards, everyone is confident and ready to stand up and paddle on the lake until the trailer comes for the boards. SUPers head out across the lake to fully enjoy the feeling of standing up on the water, and some take a swim off their boards.

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Kama Prana
Kama Prana is a SUP Yoga, Yoga, Yin Yoga, SUP, and Group Fitness Instructor in Saranac Lake.
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