Sarah Rice does some SUP Yoga in Jack Evans Boat Harbor.
Sarah Rice does some SUP Yoga in Jack Evans Boat Harbor. Blainey Woodham

Stand up paddle board yoga is the coolest new thing

STAND Up Paddle Board Yoga has been recognised as the "coolest new yoga trend" by Women's Health Magazine for 2013

Over the past 10 years, stand-up paddle boarding has spread from an ocean sport to every water body.

Stand-up paddle boarding or Hoe he'e nalu, is Hawaiian in origin.

YOU might not associate poses like the cat, cobra, dolphin or pigeon with stand-up paddle boarding, until now that is.

Tweed Heads' Sara Rice has been doing yoga for eight years and been teaching it for three; now she is taking her classes to the water.

The classes will be held at Jack Evans Boat Harbour in a combined effort with Big Trev's Water Sports.

"I have been a surfer since I was about 12 years old but never done stand-up paddling until now," Mrs Rice said.

"SUP yoga takes more core stability than normal yoga but the basics are fun and easy, only the advanced stuff is difficult."

Mrs Rice teaches land-based yoga at Vinyasa Yoga in Tweed and says she has already got class members keen on the concept.

"People from my class are very keen to give it a go, and others already want to do the classes regularly.

Trevor Arbon from Big Trev's Water Sports said he had given SUP yoga a go and thought it was something different and fun.

"I have been practising a bit, obviously I am not doing the advanced stuff like Sarah but it is definitely fun that's for sure," Trev said.

Classes will run on Thursdays and Saturdays starting October 10.

Cost is $20 per person and bookings are essential through Big Trev or Vinyasa Yoga.