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My experience of SUP yoga

Written by Carol Attwell on

Leybourne Lakes

I practice yoga regularly,  it’s good for the body and the mind.  Last weekend I thought I would take my practice to the next level and try stand up paddle board yoga or SUP Yoga as it is generally referred as.

 I started quite nervous, I had never been on a paddle board before and the water was quite choppy. The class began with a paddle around the lake starting on my knees before braving it to standing.  I found myself getting a complete workout of body and mind before the yoga even started! Navigating is not my strong point and with a paddle for steering together with a moving current, my attempt to reach the board dock was entertaining.  The class was varied in ability from beginners through to yoga teachers.  Our instructor began by saying " today you are all toddlers again learning yoga on the water, so let go of perfection and enjoy every moment."

 The experience is amazing; I felt every muscle engage trying to keep my body balanced ensuring my weight was spread evenly across the board. Relaxing and softening my knees in the poses allowed me more stability as the water moved beneath my board.   The class was really enjoyable and I am proud to say I didn’t fall in – watch this space, my second class is already booked!

Leybourne Lakes Country Park & Water Sports is based centrally in Kent.  There is so much on offer for all the family.  You can be as energetic or as relaxing as you choose.   Take a walk around the lake watching the wildlife or try a spot of fishing or simply enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge.  You could bring the family’s cycles and pedal round the lake to your hearts content’.  Other water activities available are wind surfing, scuba diving, swimming and canoeing or kayaking.  

If you would like to come to Kent and experience Leybourne Lakes, here are some cottages all within 20 minutes drive where you can stay.  Get in touch with us if you would like any further information on these cottage or any others in the area:  Weald View Cottage, The Clock House, Gennings Court Granary, Orchard Cottage, Middle Barn and Bay Tree Cottage.

I may see you there on my next visit…

Carol Attwell

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