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Posted by Nicole Richards on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 5:00pm.

South Florida is a haven for the health-conscious and actively inclined. There isn’t really any activity that you can’t do with the exception of snow skiing, but we have water skiing, so who needs it? All the availability of activities can make one a little jaded. So, spice up your routine and try a new challenge, yoga on a stand up paddleboard. This sport will reinvigorate you to become an even better yogi then you thought – all while enjoying the natural glory of floating on water. This new sport is not just for the lucky few in tropical places but the S.U.P. yoga community is much larger than you would expect and makes it easier for you to find a convenient place to try it, especially South Florida.

Since the platform of the stand-up paddleboard is unstable, you have to engage your core for a much better focus to balance. As a yogi you will become more in tune with your poses. The sensation of floating also helps alleviate the heaviness that life sometimes throws on your shoulders. According to Namaste S.U.P. for example, during downward dog, if you have more weight on one side, your board will let you know to refine your technique. Some researchers also believe that listening to the gentle sounds of the ocean can help people relax and key you into the most important aspect of yoga; your breath.

Standing up on your paddleboard gives a different perspective of both the water and the horizon. Its as close as walking on water and it may feel empowering. It's recognized that freshness is important in exercise regimens in order to stay motivated and happy. According to the National Institute of Health, “Mixing it up also helps to reduce boredom and cut your risk of injury.” There are many different types of yoga, but it's still easy to fall into a rut. Trying paddleboard yoga will keep you on your toes.

With all the local paddleboard rentals and instructors in South Florida you will begin to add a whole new element of core strength and focus. With the fresh ocean breezes, beautiful scenery and nature with tropical birds will be a true feeling of heaven on Earth. Paddleboard Yoga will bring you to a new level of mind, body and spirit.

Ocean Om offers private sessions for groups or individuals, but it also has regular classes. Those set sail from Oar House Restaurant (200 E. McNab Road in Pompano Beach) every Saturday at 9 a.m. and from the Colohatchee Boat Ramp (975 NE 15th Ave. in Wilton Manors) every Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and Friday at 9 a.m
Reservations are recommended, as floating mat space is more limited than at a tradition studio. Call #954-453-7376, or email info@oceanom.com.

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