Friday June 9th 8:30pm – 10ish
The June Full Moon is also called the Full Strawberry Moon, symbolizing the ripening of local fruits. Because this full moon is the lowest of the year, it is likely to rise with an amber glow. Ahhhhhhh so beautiful.
Here’s the plan,
Meet at Riverfront Park by 8:30pm for a leisurely paddle with the sunset and hope for clear skies as the moon rises over The Dalles. The forecast is improving slightly as the week progresses. Make plans to join us, perform your luck ritual of choice, and stay open to the possibilities.
You will want to park your vehicles in the The Dalles Marina lot. Please do not leave your car in Riverfront Park after dusk! We need to be thoughtful to Parks and Recreation workers who will be locking the gates.
Bring a light source. Glow sticks are great for keeping the group together. A more powerful light at the front of your board is a good way to be seen by boat traffic, headlamp, flashlight, cell phone in a clear waterproof box (my favorite) are all great options.
The current continues to run fast and the water is still cold so wearing your leashes and PFDs is strongly encouraged!
If you do not have your own board, you can rent one for $20 (reservations are REQUIRED, sign up now).
I used a hashtag the other day that I can’t believe I’ve never used before. #yogaforpaddleboarders
I spend all summer doing restorative and active postures to heal and prepare my body for hours on the water. Shoulders certainly reign supreme on the list of needs but one area we don’t hear about as much when chatting SUP (but deserve full attention) are the hips.
So I’m sharing a little variation that I just love, on land AND on the SUP.
The hip opening of Cow Face (Gomukhasana) legs with the shoulder goodness of Eagle (Garudasana) arms.
In my practice, Eagle arms offer a more restorative variation than Cow Face arms which I love to practice for opening the chest and strengthening the space between the shoulder blades, but for this post, let’s give some love to the upper back space.
Start by warming up the body. Maybe the paddle out, some Sun Salutations and a Lizard Pose will do it. If you’re relatively open in the hips, consider yourself fortunate 🙂 if you’re holding some tightness, you’ll want to ease in slow.
Sit with your legs stretched long in front of you. Bring your left foot up and over to the outside of your right hip. How does your left knee feel? If it’s sharp, release your leg and grab a block to sit on. Revisit the set-up and add to it by bringing your right foot under and to the left hip. If it feels safe, stack your knees on top of each other. If it hurts, back out until you feel “good”. Relative, I know.
Once you get your legs set up, settle into your seat and breathe.
Add the arms. With an inhale, sweep your arms up and with an exhale, cross them at the elbows, left arm under right. Maybe you’re able to wrap the forearms around and bring the palms to touch. Maybe not. You could cross the elbows and reach for opposite shoulder as a great modification.
Once your arms find their variation, gently bring your elbows up, in line with your shoulders, and forward to feel the stretch shift around your shoulder blades. Breathe and breathe some more.
If you’re feeling tense or overly compressed, shift the posture a bit. This is meant to be a restorative moment. Giving back to your body