Camping in Whistler…try SUP Yoga.
Wobbling while attempting tree pose on a paddleboard in the middle of the lake was more than a little unnerving. Not so much because it is one of yoga’s easier poses, but more the impending trepidation that my dignity and pride would be shot in a few seconds when the inevitable would occur.
SUP Yoga is the latest craze hitting BC – doing yoga on a stand up paddle board – and what better environment to experiment in than the tranquility of Alta Lake in Whistler, just a stone’s throw from Whistler RV Park and Campground. The evening was hot, the wind warm and the class eager.
This is an extremely fun and exhilarating way to experience and indeed transform your regular yoga practice – adding the element of water really increases the amount of core stability you need to achieve every pose. Awareness is also heightened as you are negotiating each pose and actively engaging every muscle with all your might to prevent you from falling.
Although I practice yoga, I’ve never been paddle boarding and I found it really manageable. If you’re looking for a workout that challenges the entire body, SUP yoga is it. Legs are engaged on the board, arms focused on the paddle in and out of the water and your core is locked on in an effort to keep you from toppling.
I honestly have never had so much fun in a yoga session. SUP Yoga Whistler instructor Christina Tottle, who has been three years on paddle boards and is a qualified yoga instructor, wanted to share her passion with the world. “It breaks the hard mold we have doing yoga in a new environment,” she says.
The wind had picked up by the time class had started but Christina guides all of her students to a nearby inlet where the water is actually warm, so falling in (which she does too!), is invigorating and quite good fun. I fell into the water numerous times and still came up smiling.
And you really don’t have to be adept at yoga or SUP to give it a whirl. “It’s really all about fun and enjoying the outdoors,” she adds.
Seeing, from the vantage point of ‘downward dog’, an inverted view of the mountains, trees and blue sky is a truly refreshing experience in a yoga class. And finally lying for savasana, with hands skimming the water and the faint warmth of the sunlight trickling through the trees onto your body is something everyone should experience this summer.
Other alternative nearby camping is available at Birkenhead lake, Cal Cheak and Riverside Resort. For more info see http://www.campingrvbc.com/camping/
Written by: Louise Healy
Published: August 13th, 2013
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