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Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017

Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine

SUP Provider: SUP Tours Philippines
Yoga Teacher: Joan Christine
Class Description: guided yoga class on an SUP along the Loboc River. You'll be drifting with the current to be picked-up downstream (or paddle upstream)
SUP Tours Website: suptoursphilippines.com
Location: SUP Tours Philippines, Loboc (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Picture Credits: Frederic Soupart and Xavier "El Magico"

SUP Yoga on a Drift
I've played around with SUP yoga on a static pool and attended an SUP Yoga class in Plantation Bay, but here in Loboc, SUP yoga is offered by SUP Tours Philippines along the Loboc River as you drift downstream on the current. Conducting this class was Joan Christine, a registered Sivananda yoga teacher and ASI supyoga instructor.

The Orientation
Before we even got on the SUP, Joan gave us an orientation on how to manage ourselves on the SUP - where to position ourselves, paddle length, how to paddle, how to fall, how to get back on the SUP, etc. That alone gave us increased confidence.

The Session
We were 5 students altogether with our own SUPs all tied-up together in a petal-formation to keep it from drifting away from each other. Before Joan started the class, we were already drifting which added to the excitement. Following heavy rains, the water level was high and it was also high tide which accounted for a stronger current. If that wasn't cool enough, it even rained! Woohoo! The entire session was gentle yoga with easy poses for easier balancing. Most of the time, we were either seated, kneeling or flat on our backs or tummies. Standing poses, which increases center of gravity, were few and far in-between. Towards the tail-end of our drift, we got into our own inversions. It wasn't about perfection but about trying our best and having fun.

Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine
SUPs in petal-formation

Challenges
There were a few minor challenges. Sometimes, the current would take us close to the river bank where leaves would already brush on our shoulders. As sweeper in mountaineering climbs, it was second nature for me to take the paddle and clear us from the trees and leaves as the yogis continued with their poses (aka, cleaning the ash trays while they party). When we got rained-on, it got cold. Whatever body heat we were mustering dissipated into thin air. But the rain was fun too!

Ending Thoughts
I don't think SUP Yoga can substitute for a serious and deepening yoga practice on a mat, but it's certainly fun and a novelty. After doing SUP Yoga on a river drift, I don't think I can still enjoy doing the same thing on a swimming pool. Even if you're a hardcore yoga purist, I would still suggest you lighten up and take up SUP Yoga on a river drift - it'll be a refreshing diversion from the usual. You'll be glad you did!

Thank you Frederic and Joan for the memorable experience!

--- TheLoneRider



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Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.

Bohol

    Anda
  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  14. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  15. Corella
  16. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  17. Loay
  18. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  19. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  20. Loboc
  21. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  22. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  23. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  24. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  25. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  26. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  27. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  28. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  29. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  30. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  31. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  32. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  33. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  34. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  35. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  36. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  37. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  38. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  39. Panglao
  40. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  41. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  42. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  43. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  44. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  45. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  46. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  47. San Miguel
  48. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  49. Sevilla
  50. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  51. Sikatuna
  52. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  53. Tagbilaran
  54. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  55. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  56. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  57. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  58. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  59. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  60. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  61. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  62. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  63. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  64. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  65. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  66. Ubay
  67. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  68. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  69. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  70. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  71. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  72. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  73. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  74. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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