Indoor SUP Yoga available in Park City
After a successful summer of paddleboard yoga classes at Deer Valley, Park City Standup Paddleboarding has decided to keep the classes going throughout the winter.
No, yoga enthusiasts won’t have to brave the snow and ice to keep practicing on their boards they can just head over to the Park City Aquatic Center.
In the warm, temperature-controlled pool area, yoga classes will be held all winter long on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Trent Hickman, owner of Park City Standup Paddleboarding, said he’s happy to continue the classes with the support of the Aquatic Center.
"Todd [Klarich], who runs the Park City Aquatic Center, reached out to me about bringing the program here," he said. "I think he’d seen some of the stuff we were doing at Deer Valley. Kudos to him for being creative with his programming here."
Plentiful windows in the Aquatic Center only add to the experience of paddleboard yoga, instructor Tiffany Harrison said.
"If it’s snowing outside, you can still do it," she said. "And you can watch the snow fall outside as you do it."
Meanwhile, safely indoors, yoga class participants will enjoy an ideal environment.
"I really like the controlled atmosphere," Hickman said. "Also, the water is nice and warm and there’s a hot tub where you can jump in for a post-yoga soak."
For those wondering about the benefits of paddleboard yoga compared to regular yoga, Harrison said it all comes down to stability.
"In a studio, it’s really easy to check out and just go through the motions of your yoga practice," she said. "On the board, you don’t really have that luxury. You have to be focused and pay attention. Unless, of course, you don’t care that you go into the water."
Due to the limited space available at the Aquatic Center, class sizes are kept fairly small, Hickman said. Though drop-in participants are welcome, reservations are a good idea.
"We limit class to eight participants," he said. "People can sign up through our website at http://www.parkcitysup.com and then they’re ensured to have a spot."
There are also discount passes available for frequent participants.
"There are also punch passes available through the website," Hickman said. "If you buy a 10-pack, each class goes to $10 per class, a five-pack goes to $15 per class and the drop-in fee is $20 per class."
But, Hickman added, there’s a special benefit for first-timers.
"We offer our first class for free so people can come with no monetary investment and make sure they like it," he said.
Classes on Tuesday and Thursday are held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday classes begin at 11 a.m.
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