Students Balance it out With Paddle Board Yoga

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Students tested their balance and summoned their inner yogi as they sat atop paddle boards and practiced popular yoga poses in the Student Recreation Center pool on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The class opened up with about 15 minutes for participants to warm up to the board and find their footing. Some people took control of the paddle board right away while others slipped and fell into the lukewarm water, laughing at themselves and at their friends.

Students stretch during paddle board yoga. Cassidy Lunney | The Montclarion Photo credit: Cassidy Lunney

Yoga instructors Victoria Rawden, Rachel Kornmann and Camryn Chernick led the class as determined students attempted to and often succeeded at mimicking their movements.

The poses varied from easy and relaxing to contortions of sorts as the class transitioned into more complex positions. Students went into a pose called wheel, which requires those involved to lay down, plant their feet, reach their hands over their heads and push up into a back bend.

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Students practice the wheel pose in the rec center during paddle board yoga. Cassidy Lunney | The Montclarion Photo credit: Cassidy Lunney

As the students strengthened their cores and tested their new skills, the water below moved and made ripples that resulted in soothing sounds. There was also soft and earthly music playing, setting the tone in the background as the instructors gave directions and positive affirmations.

While apprehensive at first, senior business administration major Rawden said she had a fun time instructing the class.

“[Yoga] relieves stress,” Rawden said. “Yoga itself is good to be practicing for your body but to do it on the paddle board in the water is just fun.”

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