IN woman teaches yoga on paddleboards

TERRE HAUTE, IN (WTHI/CNN) – For many, yoga is a great way to stay in shape.

But for those devotees not wanting to miss the summer sun cooped up in a yoga studio, an innovative instructor in Indiana has the answer, and an added challenge.

Something about the sounds of water in the summertime, it could be boating, or maybe a paddleboard cruise.

But what would happen if you take the sweet serenity of the lake, and add a yoga twist?

“It gets me outdoors. You know, I love being able to teach in another studio it feels like this is my outside my second studio you know and I love it,” yoga instructor Heather T. Leo said.

“SUP” yoga, short for Stand Up Paddleboard takes the balance of yoga and adds a splash of water.

Leo’s career revolves around the yoga workout. Now she’s taking this trendy training to the top.

“Just like other things you know they trickle in from the coast,” she said. “It’s fairly new here but with the lakes and all the areas we do have in the Midwest, we can do it you know three quarters of the year almost.”

Leo said “SUP” is actually a lot easier than it seems.

“So the challenge that’s happening in your body is everything from your ankles all the way up to your head tightening contracting trying to support you on the board,” she said. “So if something’s happening weight-wise on one side of the board, we have to have more weight on the other side.”

“There’s something so serene and peaceful about being able to be on the water and take yourself out you know where you want to go,” student Riana Schneider said.

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