Breathe in deeply.
Breathe out slowly.
Feel your body in the familiar poses. The silent ache of stretching in downward dog, the release of guiding yourself into upward dog. Let the breathe propel your practice. You've done this before, a thousand times.
And yet, something is different.
Close by, birds begin to chirp in the early morning summer haze. The sun bathes your skin in flame, sprouting waves of energy through your veins. And there's movement underneath your mat; coupled with the gentle sounds of water lightly tapping against a hard surface, pushed in your direction by the early morning wind- the first signs of awakening on a lazy summer morning.
Looking back, you knew there was another way to expand your yoga practice beyond the confines of a four-walled classroom. That is why this year you decided to purchase a paddleboard. And looking up at the crystal blue sky as you relax into shavasana you are very, very glad you did.
Not only does yoga on the water give you endless possibilities of enhanced scenery but it also offers a much more interesting challenge in regards to balance, being that it is a moving stage for your poses. It sharpens your fast-twitch muscles and tones your body quicker than on a stable floor environment. Not to mention the added benefit of a paddle workout to find that perfect, peaceful cove to quietly hone your practice.
For these reasons, the makers at Evolve have decided to create a board made specifically for yoga and paddle addicts alike. Coming in a 10'6''x32'' and 10'4''x31'' variety our Roots board offers a larger pad for all types of poses and practices as well as an interchangeable Connex-Sup plug to drop a sandbag anchor off the front or to add a place for a Go-Pro camera. It also offers the added benefit of a bungee strap on the front which makes a good place to hold your paddle once you become stable. And this year Evolve is excited to showcase an optional Yoloha cork pad for added comfort and grip.
Next time you see a paddle yoga class and long to try it for yourself, do not hesitate. Regret offers no condolences. Paddle out to your favorite spot, plant your Roots into the water, and let the earth join you in celebration of your perfect tree pose. Find beauty in the simple, quiet hours, and smile.