Students Balance it out With Paddle Board Yoga

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Instructor and senior business administration major Victoria Rawden shows the class how to do a headstand. Cassidy Lunney | The Montclarion Photo credit: Cassidy Lunney

Senior accounting major Abigail Way reflected on her mindset going into the class versus her experience afterward.

“I was very excited, I take yoga once a week,” Way said. “I thought I was going to fall off a lot more than I did because I lack balance. I go to yoga to make my balance better.”

Considering that Way only fell once, her spirits were high as she said she would sign up for paddle board yoga again.

Kornmann, a graduate student at Montclair State University, reflected on the benefits of the class.

“It’s awesome to make people smile and laugh,” Kornmann said. “It takes out the seriousness.”

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Students get a feel for the paddle boards during paddle board yoga in the rec center pool. Cassidy Lunney | The Montclarion Photo credit: Cassidy Lunney

Sophomore public relations major Chernick highlighted the differences between standard yoga practices and paddle board yoga. She said that in a typical yoga class, the overall vibe is more relaxed and easier to get into stretches, whereas paddle board yoga requires more focus on maintaining balance in order to not fall in the water.

“It allows people to test their limits a little more and explore and challenge themselves,” Chernick said. “They’re not focusing so much on being zen, they are connecting themselves in a different way.”

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