NEXT LEVEL: Trainer and yoga instructor Lisa Burgess with stand-up paddle board participants.
NEXT LEVEL: Trainer and yoga instructor Lisa Burgess with stand-up paddle board participants. Tegan Annett

Paddle board yoga a tough challenge

TANNUM Sands woman Lisa Burgess is taking the stand-up paddle boarding trend to a whole new flexible level.

Every week now a group of residents heads to the Boyne River for yoga on their stand-up paddle boards.

The personal trainer and qualified yoga instructor said it was a relaxing, yet quite difficult, core body exercise.

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"I was introduced to stand-up paddle boarding in Indonesia. I decided to take it up here and I just love it," she said.

She gave up her corporate role last year and decided to embark on a new career.

The idea came from a friend who asked her to write her a fitness program of yoga techniques that she could do on a stand-up paddle board.

She said the Boyne River was the perfect place, with calm water. If they go early enough, she said, they can see the sunrise.

Togs are recommended for water yoga because people do fall in.

"It's all about just not taking yourself too seriously. If you fall, you fall," she said. "It's a little bit more relaxed, given it's not in a studio environment and it's a bit more of a physical challenge. The elements make every movement more challenging.

"And it's great just being out on the water, you get to soak up just how beautiful it is here."

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Held Friday and Sunday mornings at the Boyne Island Beach.



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