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Why the Water is My Studio

by Kimberly Notarianni The sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has really taken off.  It seems everyone these days is enjoying, or would like to experience, the feeling of  “walking on water.”  SUP is all the rage, and for good reason.  It is an amazing cross-training sport, as it is low impact on all joints and is also being used to improve balance and core strength for people recovering from serious injuries.  I have also witnessed this sport transform people’s lives overnight, by instilling a newfound level of confidence and achievement, making them feel invincible.  So true! For me, being a yoga teacher first and foremost, as soon as I got on a paddleboard six years ago, I was inspired to start playing with yoga postures while floating on the water.  The deck of the board was the perfect non-slip yoga mat, just begging to be explored!  Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Chaturanga, Up Dog, ah… and the upside down view as I dropped my head into Downward Dog was magical.  More and more that first summer on my board, I was inspired to try lots of different poses, including headstand and wheel, and other more challenging balancing postures.   Adding a …

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8 Reasons I Love Stand Up Paddleboarding

How can one only describe and narrow down how much they love Stand Up Paddleboarding in only 8 reasons?!?  Now that is a challenge. I only dove into SUP in the Summer of 2014 after learning how to paddle in the ocean a couple of years ago. My heart always kept saying to try it again so when I did in the Spring of 2014, I knew I had to purchase a board. And that is when life changed for the better!  I have to thank OC Paddleboard for all of their support and introducing me to a great community of paddlers.  So the top 8 reasons I love to paddle are (drum roll please)…. There is no greater feeling than being on your board listening to the waves lapping against the rails.  I joke that I’m on my own private boat many afternoons. Really that is the feeling you get without the engine noise and knowing that you are being productive and healthy by paddling.  You also get to explore nature and elements you would miss if you were on a boat. I’ve paddled within feet of dolphins in the ocean off 45th street beach in Ocean City.  I’ve …