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SUP yoga, as it sounds, is essentiall­y about doing yoga on a paddleboar­d, ideally in calm water. The lake is your studio. The board is your yoga mat.

“SUP yoga really requires focused attention,” says instructor Amanda Stokes of Toronto Island SUP Inc. Although yoga always requires focus, with SUP yoga there is even more focus on balance and being aware of what is around you – of what, or who, might be coming toward you on their board, or of how close you are to natural elements like an overhangin­g tree, says Stokes.

With these distractio­ns, you are still looking for “a still point amid the chaos,” explains Stokes. And doing the warrior pose, the crow, even a headstand on

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