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Alternative Methods - Yogaboarding

Michelle M. Havich

Tired of running on a treadmill or “climbing” stairs to nowhere? There are different (and, yes, fun) ways to stay in shape that are far from the same old workout routine. Case in point, Yogaboarding.

Paddleboarding in South Florida - paddleboard yoga 

Peaceful Flow

   Yoga is a practice of balance and relaxation. But how balanced and relaxed can you be while doing yoga poses on a paddleboard in the middle of the water? According to Cora Ciaffone, who teaches “yogaboarding” at the Jupiter Outdoor Center, floating on the water actually makes for a more nurturing and soothing experience. “Being on the water gives you a more profound connection with nature,” she says.
   Ciaffone has been leading yogaboarding classes for almost five years at the center on Jupiter’s Aquatic Preserve, and her classes include yoga veterans and people who have never taken yoga before, even on land. Obviously, some people have a little trepidation when it comes to doing yoga on a paddleboard in the water, but she designs the classes using poses that are doable, including downward dog, pigeon and some warrior poses, but gives options for students to try more advanced challenges, like shoulder stands.
Yogabroading with the Jupiter Outdoor Center - alternative fitness methods

   The hour-long class starts with meditation, then moves into posing. If weather permits, Ciaffone takes the class out a bit farther, or even across the Intracoastal and around Burt Reynolds Island for more yoga and meditation, and she always works on core training, which helps with balance.
   In addition to gaining balance and peace, Ciaffone says that being able to do yoga on the water gives students more confidence, and perhaps allows them to expand beyond yoga to try something new that they didn’t think they could do before. (561-747-0063, jupiteroutdoorcenter.com)
 

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