Lindsay Gonzalez normally would have raced in the stand up paddleboard (SUP) competition on the first night of the Golden Games. But this year, she was jet-lagged after returning from teaching at a SUP and yoga retreat in Bali, and took her time.
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The teachers' teacher
Breathe on Board is Gonzalez' company that offers certifications in paddleboard and SUP yoga certification to Denver-metro and Boulder area yoga teachers. Classes open to the public are slated for June and July at Chatfield Reservoir and Grant Ranch Lake in Littleton. Breathe on Board also offers week-long, international retreats to Gonzalez' favorite places to teach, such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Bali.
Gonzalez has been teaching yoga for 10 years, and currently teaches at Kindness Yoga, a studio in Denver. She has been teaching paddleboard yoga for three years. “The easy poses in the classroom,” Gonzalez said, giving the examples of Warrior II and Tree Pose, “are the most humbling poses on the water.”
A surfing background
Gonzalez, 31, grew up in Maryland on a surfboard. “People don't believe there's waves on the east coast,” she said, “but there are.” Gonzalez also lived in Costa Rica for a few years, and settled in Golden about seven years ago. “I can't think of living anywhere else in Colorado,” she said. There's a growing community of avid water athletes in the area, she said, and enjoys seeing familiar faces of people who are following their passion at the water sports events. Gonzalez became interested in paddleboarding when the sport got its start, she said, which was about nine years ago, and is now the athlete ambassador and a team rider for Boardworks SUP.
Stand Up Paddleboard yoga is fun
“Out in nature, if the pose doesn't go as planned, you just fall in the water and cool off,” Gonzalez said. “That, in itself, is forgiving.”
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