Hey Yogis and Mummas and Papas,
I did the most fun thing the other day with Lori Lee and a gaggle of lovely gals. Lori Lee is the owner and senior instructor at Yoga Haven and she took us on a S.U.P. Yogic adventure on Wascana Lake (stand up paddle board yoga). It was a blast!
Lori Lee's gentle, fluid teaching style went perfectly with this aqueous practice. Out in nature experiencing the elements, especially that of water, on a whole new level. Normally we are on the earth and our practice has a more dense, earthy quality to it. Being on the water, less stable yet more fluid, lit up the felt experience of our liquid, fluid bodies. It was a beautiful experience. Awareness of where we grip to balance became so obvious and that is what sent me into the brink in utthita parsvakonasana (side angle pose). I can often be heard saying you can't muscle your way into this balance pose, there needs to be some give and take, some fluidity, flexibility to find balance. This drove that lesson home. It was extremely intriguing to feel the liquidity of your own body while in some pretty intense poses. Even while holding still the foundation was moving thus making the pose feel so much more fluid. This practice asked us to deepen our understanding of sthira sukha (the balance between stability and ease).
It was also interesting to watch my mind set shift after I took the plunge, I then had nothing to loose! Being free of the resistance to falling in released me.
We learned a bit about maneuvering the S.U.P., did some exhilarating yoga, pretty much a regular class, while floating on the water! Standing poses, balance poses, inversions (yes inversions! headstand and shoulder stand) back bends, twists, forward bends and savasana (corpse pose) of course. I recommend you all give it a try (in September when she is doing it again, take a kid).
Thank you very much Lori Lee!