A group of five to ten people on paddleboards line up in the middle of the bright, breezy Marina and sink into Downward Dog, wobbling slightly as they find their sea legs. This is LA’s latest yoga innovation, where practitioners trade a yoga mat for a 10-foot board. Ready to do Warrior I while seagulls squawk overhead? YOGAqua founder Sarah Tiefenthaler, who started teaching SUP yoga two years ago (making her one of the first teachers in the country), leads the sessions in Marina Del Rey. Show up in a swimsuit, wetsuit or yoga gear that can get wet—yes, you might fall off the board!—and pick up a rental board, included in the class fee. After 15 minutes of paddling instruction, you’re ready to attempt a series of asanas on the water. Don’t worry about the wobble: The challenge of aligning yourself perfectly on a floating board only adds balance to your in-studio practice. Classes are also offered at YOGAqua's second location in Newport Beach (3300 Via Lido).
13977 Palawan Way
|Opening hours:||Hours: Fri 2pm-3:30pm, Sat/Sun 9am-2:30pm|
|Price:||Single class $30 (bring your own board) or $44 (equipment included); monthly unlimited (includes group classes and 8 private sessions per month) $1,160; Introductory offer: $90/ three pack of classes|
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Regardless if you like yoga or not, this is an absolute must try! You'll have a lot of fun. The instructors are very friednly and patient. Trust me, it's not as hard as you may think it is!
YogAqua is one of my all time favorite workouts! It combines the fun in the sun and core workout of paddleboarding, with the strengthening, lengthening, and relaxation of yoga. But I can just space out like I can in a studio! I have to stay focused on the present moment and I end up having MUCH more fun! And I have to say, its the most relaxing savasana I've ever experienced! Sarah is a delight and really knows how to help anyone have a great time. So many people are afraid to try it, but remember, its just water!