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"Bring the right leg all the way through. Rotate the back foot," leads Jenn Andrews during a class at Yoga Sol in Carson City. Yoga, she says, creates strength and integrity within the body. It is a mindful practice that Jenn fell in love with nearly 18 years ago. "Something profound happened to me in that very first class." After years of studying many styles, Jenn opened her own place to practice a variety of them. "From Hatha Yoga to Ashtanga - sort of a power yoga class." She also offers gentile yoga and prenatal yoga, just to name a few. 

Something else unique about her studio is what is mounted on the wall - a giant paddle board! "People are like what? You want me to do what on a paddle board?" Which leads us the the Carson Aquatic Facility, where Jenn keeps her own fleet of yoga specific boards. These boards have a yoga mat texture on top and they are wider than many boards - which provides more stability. Still, Jenn and her colleagues make balancing on water look easy. "It's a little bit of a different beast," she admits. "You're constantly on an unstable foundation. Incredible core training and strength."

All the poses you do standing on a paddle board are also performed in the studio. But things you focus on when you are on solid ground are easy to forget while floating. "It's very easy to let the awareness of breath go because you're like, I don't want to fall, my foot's not here, oh!"  Along with reminding myself to breathe, it's important to engage your core through the movements. From lunge positions to planks, it is all accomplished at your own level and intensity.

The pose that got me is pretty simple - at least, on ground. Jenn challenged me to the task of bending forward with straight legs and twisting. A basic stretch, right? That is, until I fell face-first into the pool! But as Jenn sees it, "If the worst thing that happens is you fall in, it's a pretty good day." I completely agree.

In the colder months, SUP Yoga is offered indoors at the Carson Aquatic Facility. Once the weather warms up,  Jenn takes her classes to Tahoe. She also offers a trail yoga. To learn more about her nature and traditional classes, click on the links below.

http://www.yogasol-carsoncity.com/

http://www.carson.org/index.aspx?page=5838

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