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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:07

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Abby Young, a stand-up paddleboard yoga instructor at Breeze Paddle Surf, instructs a class at Cane Garden Bay on Saturday. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG Early Saturday morning, with Cane Garden Bay beach mostly vacant, Abby Young positioned herself on a paddleboard a few dozen feet offshore. She called out to the three women balancing on nearby boards of their own, asking them to lie down and raise their arms, a yoga technique.

Ms. Young began teaching stand-up paddleboard yoga classes about two months ago, she said.

“It is fairly new here, but it’s becoming a really big thing in the States right now,” Ms. Young said of the activity, which is a fusion of yoga and stand-up paddleboarding, or “SUP.”

Due to her interest Ms. Young went to the United States, where she became certified to teach SUP yoga.

“It will get you in shape quick,” she said, adding that the activity targets almost all of the muscles in the body. “The paddling itself is a great core workout. I’ve noticed a huge difference on my core.”

Kate Carey, one of Ms. Young’s students, agreed.

“I’ve recently had a baby, and so I really wanted to focus in that area,” Ms. Carey said. “I feel that it is benefiting me, and I can feel strengthening in that area.”

Ms. Carey was one of Ms. Young’s first students.

“I think it is such a lovely way to be out and have physical and mental exercise as well,” Ms. Carey said. “It couldn’t be a nicer way to exercise. I highly recommend it.”


Growing interest

A lot more residents are showing interest in the sport, Ms. Young said. Even though there are more first-timers and learners, she typically sees about eight people attend her classes each week.

The exercise is not so challenging, she explained.

“The trick is, you got to find the sweet spot on the board. Typically, it’s in the middle. While doing yoga on the board, you have to make sure your hips are over the sweet spot,” Ms. Young said. “Get to know your board. Get to know how to place your hands and feet and just have fun with it.”

Exercising at CGB has its benefits.

“It is a beautiful place to do yoga,” Ms. Carey said.

When she first took up the activity, Ms. Young’s previous yoga experience made it easy for her.

“For me, it was just a natural thing, as I am a yoga instructor,” Ms. Young said. “I picked up paddleboarding just because I wanted to get out on the water. I am always looking for places to do yoga.”

For Ms. Carey, adjusting took a little longer, but now she’s got the hang of it — mostly.

“It is not hard, but it helps if you have good balance,” she said. “I still fall off every single class, and I look forward to it.”

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