by Lucy Martin
YOGA on a paddle board sounds tricky but Tanya Kingman said it actually relaxing and rewarding.
The paddle board yoga instructor from the Paddling Yogi said the practice was commonly known as Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).
"It is yoga on a stand up paddle board while floating in tranquil and calm water,” Tanya Kingman said.
"Being on the water on your floating yoga mat is a peaceful, cleansing and magical experience for the mind, body and soul.
"The yoga we generally practice is a vinyasa flow type yoga however there will be some Hatha and restorative classes on offer when energies are low around the new and full moons.”
Ms Kingsman was introduced to SUP by a friend.
"Within two weeks of this I knew I wanted to combine my passions and start practicing SUP yoga that is where the love affair began. Now I love sharing this magical experience with others.”
Paddleboard yoga classes are at the Mackay Harbour Marina.
"After a quick introduction to our boards and environment we start with a short paddle from the beach to our location,,” Ms Kingman said.
"We anchor our boards for our SUP yoga practice. The exact paddle distance is dependent on clients paddle skills, wind speeds and direction. This will vary from class to class.”
And there is the chance of falling in the water but Ms Kingsman said you just had to get back on the board and try again.
"Falling in is part of the fun especially in the hot summer months, just climb back on your board and continue on with your practice,” she said.
While out on the water the participants also get to see some of the local ocean life.
"You get to see plenty of beautiful fish, aquatic birds and stingrays as they dart away from the bottom of the ocean to name a few,” Ms Kingsman said.
Ms Kingsman said there were many benefits to SUP yoga.
"You get all the benefits you would out of a normal yoga practice with the addition of being on a stand up paddle board in the tranquil surrounds of water and nature,” she said.
"You get to be totally in the present moment, focused on you and your paddle board, strengthen your core and build on your balance, strength and breath, have the added benefit of a full body workout, improve your balance on the board and increase your flexibility and have heaps of fun.”
Ms Kingsman admitted SUP could be challenging.
"Each class I teach offers variations of the same pose to gain the same benefits suitable for the very beginner to the more advanced even if you have never practiced yoga before,” she said.
"Just choose the level right for you, be kind to your body and don't push yourself.”
To get started Ms Kingsman said people would need to book for a session.
"This can be done via phone call or text message by contacting 0418 729 253 or Facebook page The Paddling Yogi,” she said.
If your paddle skills are rusty or you've never paddled before, you can book in for a 30 minute mini lesson prior to your SUP Yoga class.
"Arrive 15 minutes before the session for your first time. Yes we have paperwork for you to complete to be sure we keep you safe and so we know if you have any medical conditions we need to consider,” Ms Kingsman said.
Anyone can join in the fun from kids aged eight years and up.
"If you can't swim, are recovering from injury or have a disability and would like to try SUP yoga we can cater for you as well,” Ms Kingsman said.
What to bring
water to keep you hydrated, a change of clothes, a towel, sunscreen.
What to wear
Full length lycra tights and long sleeve rashies or stinger suits are a must during stinger season from November through April. Sunglasses that either strap on or are replaceable.