I have always been a water girl. Swimming before I could walk, competing on swim team and platform diving (which scared the daylights out of me). Water has been a part of my life in the form of lakes and rivers since growing up in Oregon. I learned how to waterski on Crescent Lake thanks to my best friend Carrie and her family cabin right on the lake. When I moved to Orange County, the water form shifted to the ocean. It was much scarier for me after having a not-so-good snorkeling experience at Shark’s Cove in Hawaii. The fear which I thought had gone, resurfaced rapidly. I managed to do my share of body boarding although the thought of getting caught in a wave caused me to hyperventilate. My husband and I also were certified at Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach to scuba dive (which scared the daylights out of me), but we were able to dive in the Sea of Cortez and Cabo, which was beyond fascinating.
With all that being said, I’m back in the water this time paddleboarding! I have been consistently boarding on Lake Mission Viejo with SoCal Paddle Yoga. See my latest yoga moves?
Ok, I’ll be honest, that’s not me. I’ll probably never get to that point, nor do I desire to do those moves on a board. Here’s me…
I’ve been taking the Paddle Fitness class. It’s a great core workout and you really strengthen your balance skills. If you love yoga, there are some great classes for you as well. The morning visits to the lake are so peaceful and serene. It could be because I’ve left my two children under the age of 4 at home with my awesome husband, but the sun on my face and water under me brings a sense of balance to my life.
Now let’s talk about balance. If you think doing yoga or workouts on a paddleboard would be too challenging, think again. The boga yoga boards that SoCal Paddle use are really sturdy and you have to work to fall off (which I have never done). The classes are an hour long working your entire body, strengthening your core muscles and so much more. Not a member of Lake Mission Viejo? That’s ok! The benefit of buying classes with SoCal Paddle Yoga is that you can take classes with them without being a member of the lake. Win win!
Kelly Huck, who oversees SoCal Paddle Yoga has this to say about paddleboarding: You don’t have to be an athlete, surfer or yogi to stand up on water. We are giving away one free hour paddle class on Lake Mission Viejo to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment below on why this would be perfect for you!
Check out their website for their upcoming classes: http://socalpaddleyoga.com and they are on facebook too!
Winner will be chosen by random.org on Friday June 27th at 5pm. Good luck! AND THE WINNER IS #3 JACINTHE!