Wassup? SUP in Puerto Vallarta + YOGA

Just when you don’t think you can get more blissed out than you do from yoga, doing it in the ocean in the early morning is an amazing way to welcome in a new day.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I arrived to about fifteen gals ready to contort their bodies into different postures while on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) on the calm waters in front of Barracuda – what’s not to like about that? I’m all about bendy stuff. If you’ve never tried SUP before, it’s a great way to relax and “stroll” so-to-speak on the ocean. You can use a paddle stick to ride out to the waves either kneeling on the board or standing up. Or just sit or lie on your board and float.
Most people are familiar with yoga which is a Hindu spiritual discipline including breath control, body postures and simple meditation aiming to help relax and optimize your health.
This particular SUP + Yoga class was led by Sasha Novell-Solacito in partnership with Felix Garcia of Vallarta SUP and Surf. Sasha started her yoga journey in 2006 at a free trial class in Vancouver and was instantly hooked. Since then she has traveled around the world deepening her practice and exploring new cultures.
Sasha completed her 200-hour teacher training at YYoga in Vancouver and is a registered member of the Canadian Yoga Alliance. You can expect her classes to be fun, supportive, encouraging and safe.
She now calls Puerto Vallarta home and divides her time between teaching English at a non profit organization and teaching SUP yoga at playa los camarones. You can find out more on her Facebook page: hatha with Sasha.
Sup yoga is indeed the beautiful love child of stand up paddleboarding and hatha yoga. They start us out with a warm up and stretch on land, followed by some paddleboard basics. Then everyone takes out their boards to the shallow waters of the bay for a slow flow hatha yoga class. Beginners on the board will quickly develop better balance, a stronger core and a deeper understanding of the ocean. While advanced yogis will deepen their practice by trying out poses in this new environment.
This was definitely a treat to experience, and although it was fun and relaxing, I had to nap for about two hours afterwards. BUT my body, mind and spirit thanked me profusely. So that’s a definite yup to SUP + yoga for me.
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