YOGA just got harder.
If you want to trim that muffin top, tone those thighs and grow a six-pack, stand-up paddle (SUP) yoga is the new trend in fitness sweeping the Tweed.
The surprising trend adds to yoga’s suite of other options, including Bikram yoga in a climate-controlled sweatbox of 37 degrees; beach yoga where participants take in amazing views, and baby yoga, where you stretch with your bub.
SUP by itself is a powerful fitness cardio workout but add yoga and you will stretch more and learn to balance, according to SUP yoga coach Darci Cole-Ensor.
“To stabilise, you must activate your core,” she said.
“It’s also nice to get outside and into nature; it brings an element of play, and falling off now and then always gets a good laugh.”
The moon’s movement is important to SUP yoga devotees.
“The closer you are to the black moon or full moon, the stronger the pull of the tide is,” Ms Cole-Ensor said.
“Midway between black moon and full moon is ideal and we never go out in winds above 12 knots.
“It’s actually really nice to paddle out in the rain but high winds are not ideal.”
The sport does not promise to slim participants faster, but can help to increase co-ordination.
“Everybody is really different, depending on what your physical ability is but, definitely, if you do it once every couple of weeks you will start to notice the difference,” Ms Cole-Ensor said.
She said nature was the biggest attraction for participants to the Tweed, compared to her lessons in Tallebudgera Creek at Palm Beach.
“It’s all greenery all around behind Seagulls – it’s quiet and often we’re the only ones in the water,” she said.
Ms Cole-Ensor of D’Yoga has been offering SUP yoga for four years and this year is her first season teaching a SUP yoga qualification.
She is teaming with JM Stand Up Paddle Company to offer the training on the Gold Coast.
The next two SUP yoga lessons are on Saturday, November 14, at Seagulls, Bilambil, followed by Wednesday, November 25, from 4pm. The $20 charge includes board and paddle.
Bookings: 0432 716 143.
If you’re interested in Bikram yoga, it is available at Hotwave Heat Yoga studio in Kingscliff: 0459 999 333.