*** The High Country Paddle Shack is officially open for the season! Scroll down to view the SUP Yoga class calendar ***
What is SUP YOGA and what should I expect?
SUP YOGA is a combination of yoga and stand up paddle boarding. We start each class with brief instruction on paddle technique and paddle out to a nearby protected area on the river where your SUP will be anchored. Following the warm up paddle, students will be guided through breathing techniques, basic sun salutations, and flow into more challenging postures on the water. Variations will be given to accommodate all levels and ages of students.
Am I going to fall in the water?
Absolutely. SUP YOGA is a new sport and definitely requires a sense of humor! We recommend taking a dip early on so you can enjoy more challenging poses later in the class with an open mind. The best way to stay on your board is to breath and be present.
Why is SUP YOGA so awesome?
The benefits of practicing on the water are endless. Some of the advantages include: increased balance, strengthening your core (hello, bandhas!) and leg muscles, improved respiration, increased blood flow, energy, and happiness. We can’t imagine a better way to practice than surrounded by trees, water and sunshine!
What do I bring and wear to class?
We recommend ditching shoes at the Shack before class, but preparing for the elements. It is recommended to dress comfortably for “downward facing dog” on your SUP. Women typically wear wicking athletic tops and bottoms. Men typically wear athletic shorts. Optional items include: Water, Sunscreen, Sun Shirt, Sunglasses with Croakies.
How do I prepare for class?
If you have not done yoga before, no problem! Try to attend a beginners’ class beforehand so that the poses feel more natural on the water. We recommend arriving early to give yourself time to park, put on sunscreen, and hydrate. Feel free to reach out to Caroline in advance with any questions or concerns: [email protected]
What do I do if I need to cancel or if the weather looks bad?
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. No refunds or reschedules will be made within 24 hours of the scheduled class. In the event of inclement weather, classes will be re-scheduled to a future date and we will notify you in advance. In the event of an emergency, please reach out to Caroline directly.
How much does a class cost?
The classes are $35 and include a board, paddle, and lifejacket. Feel free to bring your own equipment!
What if I’m interested in a private class or private group class?
Please e-mail Caroline directly for private rates: [email protected]
About the Instructors:
Meet your guide, Caroline Sloan. Caroline’s love for the outdoors, the river, and yoga is contagious. This is her 5th year leading SUP YOGA classes and her 8th year as a yoga instructor. She is 260 hour International Yoga Alliance Certified in Vinyasa/Thai Massage by Anna Laurita of Davanna Yoga and ACE Paddleyoga certified by Key West Paddleboard Yoga. Caroline’s classes are described as a playful blend of strength work, sweating, stretching, and relaxing. She is passionate to get others outside and be active. When not teaching yoga classes on the water, Caroline instructs classes at Infinity Yoga. You can also join her for High Country Outfitters weekly SUP Demos on Thursdays at Morgan Falls (see SUP DEMO page)
“The intention of the class is to have students reconnect with the outdoors and the water. Many Atlantans have no idea how close they are to water, trails, and the quiet of being outside. I was inspired to start teaching this class because yoga just seems to make sense on the boards: you’re floating, a heron will fly overhead, and all you hear are the leaves around you rustling in the wind. I am so honored to share this experience with others and welcome all students.”