Yoga Paddle Boarding in Coral Gables, Miami.

Crystal Kazemfar woke up one early Saturday morning to mix her two favorite things: water and yoga.

A combination of yoga and paddle boarding has made its debut to Miami and Kezemfar was decided to try the new combination of sports.

“I learned about sup yoga through kite boarding, I’ve been involved with yoga for about a year and a half,  I also love being on the water, so I thought why not mix the two together?”

Paula Ambrosio, 32, introduced yoga paddle boarding to Miami in April, 2010 integrating it to the many excursions and classes offered by Adventure Sports Miami co-owned company with husband Michael Kent Marinkovic, 42, Ambrosio decided to mix paddle boarding with yoga.

“The idea came from a friend who is a yoga instructor. I had never seen Yoga Paddle Boarding prior to my friends and I experimenting with the idea,” says Ambrosio.

Brendas Alas Delgado, 38 and yoga instructor says they have at least six customers in each class where they enjoy complete silence, respiration exercises and also learn how to gain perfect balance.

For Jamie Festa, 30, also a yoga instructor and co-organizer, yoga has helped her cope mentally, physically and emotionally.

“I got certified as a teacher about a year ago and I love it.”

While having fun Ambrosio mentioned her best way to stay fit, “I personally enjoy the yoga paddle boarding classes as a sport to stay fit without ever having to step in an old boring gym again,” says Ambrosio, who has offered more than 50 yoga paddle boarding classes ever since she started the business.

Adventure Sports Miami offers more than one excursion and also just a class on its own. Customers can sign up for the 1-hour Yoga Paddle Boarding Class for $40.00 which includes board but no excursion or for $80.00 they can enjoy the yoga class plus a three-hour excursion which includes a picnic.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 8:00 am and 5:00pm at Matheson Hammocks Park in Coral Gables. All classes are RSVP, since they have a limited amount of boards. The excursions are held on the weekends from 10:30am to 1:00 pm.

Ambrosio said that mixing yoga with paddle boarding turned out to be the perfect combination.

“As an owner of a kite boarding and windsurfing business, we are constantly depending on wind to teach our lessons. Yoga Paddle Boarding offers my customers a fun and challenging activity for those non windy days.”


What: Yoga Paddle Boarding

When: Yoga classes are available seven days a week, weather permitting

Where: Different parts of Miami

For Reservations, contact Adventure Sports Miami / Paula Ambrosio 305-591-3559

Price: $40.00 for a class with board included or $80.00 for the three-hour excursion

For more information , visit Facebook : Adventure Sports Miami or boarding


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