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Yoga on pad­dle­boards—this bionic work­out is here to help you find your cen­tre while mak­ing you svelte. By Aisha Has­san.

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un­shine glis­tens on your limbs as your core en­gages to hold Virab­hadrasana, or War­rior Pose, and you hear waves hit­ting the shore ... all while you float on wa­ter. You’re aware, you’re alert, and the peace­ful, pur­pose­ful na­ture of yoga takes on an im­mensely dif­fer­ent edge. While peo­ple have prac­tised yoga for more than 5,000 years to find sama, the San­skirt term for “bal­ance”, Stand Up Pad­dle­board (SUP) yoga—pos­ing atop a pad­dle­board on wa­ter—is shak­ing up the prac­tice and has been gain­ing promi­nence in the last decade. hen you’re ly­ing still on the board, it’s still ex­tremely chal­leng­ing be­cause SUP yoga am­pli­fies ev­ery ef­fort made on a plat­form con­tin­u­ally in mo­tion. It in­te­grates the en­tire body just to stay afloat. This is an el­e­vated ver­sion of zen that does so much more for your body and mind. In ad­di­tion to your core mus­cles—from the ab­dom­i­nals to the obliques and erec­tor spinae—your mi­nor mus­cles groups are con­stantly en­gaged to gen­er­ate move­ment while bal­anc­ing on wa­ter, all of which in­creas­ingly build both strength and flex­i­bil­ity. fforts to main­tain the tra­di­tional tenets of yoga dur­ing this prac­tice re­quires men­tal cen­tring, such as tun­ing into your breath, at an in­tense level. Uj­jayi Pranayama, or Ocean Breath, is a pop­u­lar method for breath­ing be­cause it mim­ics the sound of the ocean and is be­lieved to calm your mind. The ca­ress of the wa­ter against the pad­dle­board brings breath­ing into hy­per­fo­cus, and ex­em­pli­fies sama with na­ture. llow­ing your­self to fuse with your sur­round­ings is part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. “Yoga means ‘union,’” ex­plains Hi­lary Kim­blin, owner of Yoga Un­der the Trees in Bev­erly Hills. “When it’s prac­tised out­doors, it seems like the union with na­ture, hu­man­ity, and the uni­verse is truly felt,” she says. But SUP yoga isn’t all about celebrating a con­nec­tion with the wider world; it’s also largely about thrust­ing your body un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously into it—by drench­ing it in wa­ter. he only thing keep­ing you from fall­ing into the wa­ter is your phys­i­cal and men­tal de­ter­mi­na­tion, and that’s an in­cred­i­bly in­vig­o­rat­ing—and hum­bling—re­al­i­sa­tion. “It’s about let­ting go of the fear,” Teresa Van Eyk, owner of Satya Yoga, Michi­gan, re­marks. “You get off the wa­ter feel­ing re­ally re­ju­ve­nated; it’s em­pow­er­ing.” Plung­ing into the wa­ter, prob­a­bly un­grace­fully, you’re re­minded that the only so­lu­tion is to get back up, and only your body and re­silience can do it. Hot sum­mer body or not, isn’t that a life lesson in it­self? SUP Yoga is avail­able with Oxbold Sports. Tel: 019-663 8336. www.oxbold.com

Ut­thita Parsvakonasana, or Ex­tended Side An­gle Pose, on wa­ter

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