Along the waters of Shilshole in Ballard, outside of the Surf Ballard shop, a class begins. The students are learning the basics of SUP (stand up paddle boards), followed by a paddling warm up in the water. They’ve been outfitted with wetsuits, paddle boards and an instructor. They are ready to do their …. yoga. Yes, yoga.
What comes next is called WASUP Yoga. Taught by a former competitive swimmer, triathlete, swim instructor and lifeguard, each student is taken through yoga breathing and poses all while learning to balance on a paddle board. No experience is necessary with either yoga or paddle boarding – but even if you know how to do one or the other, WASUP Yoga says you’ll still be challenged.
Will you get wet? WASUP says maybe, but that’s part of it. The practice, and the lesson, they say, is to jump back onto the board and give every movement, every breath 100%. However, it is important to know how to swim in such situations. Students do not wear life vests or the board’s ankle leash during the yoga practice portion of class. If you fall in, you must be able to tread water, swim back to your board and climb back on… and, smile.
Classes are small, the limit is 8 students. On weekends, Saturday 12-2 pm classes and Sunday 1-3 pm classes the limit is 6. And all of the 6-8 pm classes max out at 6 participants. You can try one class, or buy a series of classes. And a portion of the proceeds that WASUP Yoga receives go to Noel House and Yoga Behind Bars charities.
For more information, go to the website at http://www.wasupyoga.com.
6300 Seaview Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107