Bliss Paddle San Diego / by Brittney Hogan

Need to take a break from your typical yoga practice? Imagine stretching into a one-legged downward facing dog to see a sail boat drift by on the emerald water behind you. Paddle Board Yoga on Mission Bay is a class that is just as amazing as it sounds. Bliss Paddle has brought together two epic elements with this signature class that incorporates a crash course stand up paddle instruction and a yoga class that will expand your perception of what your practice can consist of.

“I love the idea of a floating yoga mat.” Says Dana Mitchell, a yoga instructor with a voice as delightful and calming as a spring shower. “[In this class] nature is your studio.”

You might think that the movement of the water under your board would be distracting but it is actually very meditative and allows you to be even more present in your practice than you may find yourself during an indoor class. The extra element of having to constantly calibrate your balance is also an amazing core exercise in itself.

“As SUP yoga teachers you must be adaptable to all conditions that mother nature throws at you. No two classes are ever the same, and you can try to be prepared but then the wind picks up, the water gets choppy but as long as your students have a smile on their face... that is all that matters”, says Dana.

This is also a great experience if you have not gotten in the water yet this year. Whether you are a yoga expert or a paddle board pro, you will probably end up getting a splash or two during your shavasana or going head first into the water while transitioning to a warrior pose, and it is an extremely liberating feeling. “You definitely have to check your ego at the shore” giggles Dana. “Come prepared to laugh, to smile and maybe get a little wet.”

Not yet ready to incorporate a vinyasa flow into your Paddle board routine yet? Bliss Paddle of San Diego also offers tours around the bay, 1 hour instructional and freestyle rentals.

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Location : San Diego Branch is in Mission Bay

Address: 4000 Fanuel St, San Diego, CA 92109

Class Size: Maximum of 10

Intensity Level: All poses can be modified depending how comfortable you feel but the unpredictability of the water can make this class a day at the beach or a level 10 challenge.

" This too shall pass " is a reminder that the calm still water will soon be shifted by the wind, and the choppy waters will soon be settled by the passing of the storm.

Amenities:

  • Paddle Lesson and Tour
  • 1 Hour Paddle Board Rental
  • Private Paddle Lesson
  • Teacher Training
  • Retreats
  • Paddle Boards for Rent or Sale
  • Annual Virago Fitness Mimosas and Paddle Board Party (Sign Up Here)

Cost: $20 for 1-hour paddle board rental, and $35 for yoga class on paddle board

Website: www.blisspaddleyoga.com/