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Paddleboards Meet Yoga at Weekend Lake Tahoe Festival

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The nation's oldest paddleboarding festival is set to start Friday. And this year they will try to set a world record of having the most number of people doing yoga on a stand up paddleboard.

Longtime yoga instructor and massage therapist Shannon Duclos emphasizes alignment. "Get shoulders up over wrist as you get left knee forward."

Focus on breathing and balance are part of any yoga practice. "We're going to be stepping forward to the center of our board."

But the balance is all the more important when us yogis take our work from inside a warm studio to the unpredictable outdoors.

"Lake Tahoe is known to be a healing special place."

Surrounded by the towering trees and ever changing skies, Tahoe's crystal clear waters provide a sense of serenity.

Shannon first opened Mountain Lotus Yoga Studio just feet off the beach of Tahoe City four years ago.

She would practice her downward dog even handstands on her paddleboard just for fun. "So I kinda of on a whim developed this paddleboard yoga class."

Other studios slowly caught wind, but the pioneer in this new practice earned high recognition getting published in National Geographic and Fitness magazines.

"I love getting on the water 'cause it makes you go slow in water and your practice."

This mother of three, Jill Whistler from Lake Tahoe, will compete against the fastest triathletes in the world but has to get her yoga in along with her strenuous riding, swimming and running workouts.

"It's so peaceful. You get into the Zen. You feel the power of the mountains, the water."

This world champion French Olympic team snowboarder now paddleboard yoga instructor says yoga has helped him through injuries.

"Healed all my injuries that I had in past. Shoulders, knees it helped me a lot to feel better."

The elite athlete or the beginner - are all welcome. And unlike a yoga studio, falling on water is a lot softer.

Lucky for some students the water this summer is the warmest it's ever been.

"It challenges you a lot more you always take a spill once or twice."

The nation's oldest paddleboard festival starts at Kings Beach Friday through Sunday. For more information on Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival go to http://www.tahoenalu.com/

Written by Neda Iranpour

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