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Paddle to yoga paradise. Kayoga™, as the name helpfully suggests, is a treatment formed by combining yoga with kayaking (although thankfully, you don’t do both at the same time). Kayoga™ takes typical flexibility and strength-enhancing yoga exercises outside the studio and drops them (and you) on an idyllic beach for a supremely serene experience.
Packing up your mat/towel and throwing in some sunscreen, you begin a Kayoga™ session by climbing aboard your own specially provided kayak and making your way to a remote beach. Under open skies and surrounded by mother nature, the idea is that the calming effects of yoga will be heightened by the more private external environment (as well as the pre-session paddling work out) and will help you to focus on your posture and breathing, both of which are crucial to the ancient Indian practice. You may also glimpse some wildlife whilst you perfect your own fish pose. What better environment in which to balance body and mind?
Prepare to devote a significant amount of time to aKayoga™ session. Typical yoga classes last for an hour, but the journey out to the beach and back often adds another hour or two on top of that. It’s all part of the experience and as a bonus, it’s possible that you’ll be able to use any time left over to explore the shoreline location.
If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors, then Kayoga™ may not be your cup of tea. However, don’t be put off by the kayaking element if you find the prospect of a seaside session afterwards appealing. The kayak journey can be taken at a more sedate pace (after all, it’s not a race and is secondary to the yoga) and there is no need to be a great swimmer, as most of stretches of water that you cover are only a few feet deep (enabling you to simply stand up if you fall in).
Kayoga™ was invented by fitness instructor Tim Ganley in 1999.