Last week, a few of the Sumits Hot Yoga Fort Worth teachers and staff set out to try SUP Yoga (Stand-up Paddle board). With absolutely no experience and very little expectations, we arranged a class with DFW Surf Float on Yoga at Lake Worth, just fifteen minutes from downtown Fort Worth. We had a quick overview of paddle boarding, and fifteen minutes in, we were standing up, paddling to a quiet, wave-free cove along the shores of Lake Fort Worth. The first piece of advice given by our teacher, Nato among the tips on how to stay upright on the board, was to simply, relax. In about five feet deep of water, we dropped our weights (so we would all stay together) and went through the postures you would expect from a beginner's yoga class. Down Dog to Warrior and even a few balancing poses. The teacher encouraged us to embrace the poses instead of trying to fight them, much like the board calmly floats on the water. Needless to say, it was easier said than done at first. After the first fall into the water, I felt refreshed and excited to hop back on the board and try again.
So many of the postures were so much harder and so very different than what we get so used to on our mat. The tiniest movement of looking up towards the sky completely affects your balance, but falling into the water is somewhat of a reward for letting go of the fear and accepting it as a part of the experience. The class, the poses, and the setting made for an incredibly peaceful and relaxing afternoon. The rest of the day, I felt like I was floating on air from such a new, exhilarating experience. I'd recommend this for anyone of any age looking to enjoy Fort Worth outdoors and cool off this summer! You can check out SUP and Float on Yoga at DFW Surf. DFW Surf holds classes at the Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville location as well.