For those who find regular yoga on solid ground too easy, stand up paddle board yoga -- literally, doing yoga and pilates while balanced on a surf board-like vessel that floats on the water -- is old hat by now. At least it is in outdoor environments.
Doing yoga on top of a paddle board in an indoor pool? That's something new. And it's coming to Baltimore.
A company called Ultimate Watersports, which brought outdoor stand up paddle board yoga -- otherwise known as SUP yoga -- to Baltimore about a year ago, will be offering the classes in an indoor pool beginning in March.
"Outside, our locations are extremely beautiful and very serene, which is really complementary to the whole yoga idea," Hal Ashman, Ultimate Watersports' "Chief Adventure Officer" (and president), told WBAL-TV 11. "Indoors, we have a much more dynamic atmosphere."
Yoga instructor Jessie Benson touted the benefits of stand up paddle board yoga inside or out, telling WBAL that this practice involves doing the same poses as traditional yoga, "but just taking them to a higher level and having to hold them a little longer with that instability," she said. "You'll see a big change in your body and in your balance and overall flexibility."
Either that, or you'll get very wet. But at least with indoor SUP yoga, you'll also stay warm.
Check out this slideshow of people doing outdoor stand up paddle board yoga -- are you excited to try the indoor version?
Sarah Castrellon, Guillermo Pineda, Andrea Blachly and Adelaiea Loukota during a paddleboard yoga session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida. The paddle board is said to give the body's core more of a workout than in a gym since the platform is unstable and one must use the muscles to remain balanced on the board.
Yoga instructor Sarah Henry leads a yoga class during a paddle board session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida.
Claudia Townsend does a head stand on her paddle board as she enjoys a paddle board yoga session at Adventure Sports in Miami, Florida. The classes are taught in the calm waters of Biscayne Bay.
Claudia Townsend enjoys her paddle board yoga session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida.
Yoga instructor Sarah Henry presses down on the shoulders of Andrea Blachly during a paddle board yoga session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida.
Andrea Blachly lets her hand float in the water during a paddle board yoga session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida. The class finds the experience in the water very relaxing.
Yoga class participants paddle their boards in Biscayne Bay for a yoga session at Adventure Sports Miami in Miami, Florida.