Paddle Board Yoga is the New Yoga

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Located on a secluded island surrounded by the temperate waters of Lake Nicaragua,
Jicaro
is the perfect place to try your hand at all sorts of water sports. If you’ve perfected paddleboarding and want to try you hand at something a bit trickier, paddleboard yoga might just be for you. That’s right, paddleboard yoga…the ultimate balancing act.

Ready to give it a shot? Seeing as balancing on a paddleboard is considerably harder than balancing on land, it’s best to start out with seated and floor based (or should we say board based) poses. Here are a couple to try.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Its name is a bit tricky but the pose itself is actually fairly straight forwards

ardha_matsyendrasana

Sit on your board with your legs pointed straight ahead. Bend your knees and slip your left leg under your right leg until your left foot is touching your right hip. Make sure your right knee is pointed towards the sky. Got it?

Now twist your torso towards the inside of your right thigh. Press your right against the board behind your bum and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right leg. Breath (and don’t fall!)

Boat Pose

Could there be a more fitting move to try on the water? Work your abs and hip flexors with this V-shaped pose.

Boat

Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you and your hands behind your hips and fingers facing forwards. Engage your abdominal muscles as you lean your torso back until your sitting on your tailbone.

Bend your knees and lift your feet off your board until they are about 45 degrees from the board.

Make this pose more challenging by straightening your legs and bringing your arms forwards until they are parallel to the floor. Feel the burn.

Chair Pose

Ready for a standing pose? Start with chair pose—stable enough you won’t go splashing into the lake.

chair

Stand on your board with your feet planted hips width apart, hands by your side. Bend your knees until your torso forms a right angle with the tops of your thighs. Raise your arms up over your head and hold.

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