Finding Balance in Aruba on Paddleboard

After trying out Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) last year, I vowed to make it part of this summer’s activities whenever possible. Nature Travelers’s SUP yoga experience inspires me to take it one step further. Maybe you’ll feel the same…

Lavanya Sunkara

Stand up paddleboard yoga brings new meaning to the word serenity. Balancing above the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea is a life-altering exercise every yogi must experience. A four-hour flight from New York landed me in Aruba, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, known for its trade winds, casinos, white sand beaches, water sports and a growing interest in stand up paddleboarding. I felt calm the moment my feet touched the buttery, soft sand of Palm Beach, where I spent a weekend at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.

My yoga instructor, Rachel Brathen, and I paddled to a clearing a short distance away from the boaters, snorkelers, and sunbathers on Marriott’s stretch of Palm Beach. The waters of the Caribbean were cool and inviting. Rachel began with a few sun salutations and I followed, slowly bending and then returning upright while balancing myself on the…

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