In a city like Vancouver, full of yoga and surrounded by water, it had to happen eventually. We just never imagined it would be quite like this.
The Westin Bayshore is mixing up the yoga scene with a new class called Liquid Yoga, in which yogis exercise atop inflatables in the hotel’s swimming pool.
According to the hotel’s website, the service is new and includes “a slow moving flow practice to stretch and awaken the mind and body.”
“Take your yoga to the water and discover the fluid movement of an on-water yoga practice,” reads the hotel’s class description.
“Hosted within the beautiful surroundings of our outdoor pool, you will be guided by experienced on-water yoga instructors who share a love for nature and the water.”
The classes are led by Kristy Wright Schell, owner and founder of Just Add Water Yoga Ltd and Stand Up Paddle Vancouver, and Paddle Canada and SUPYoga/SUPFit instructor.
Also teaching is Emma Jessica Colling, who is certified in Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. Suddenly this all makes sense.
Participants use Aquamats, an inflatable yoga mat which “offers a new level of challenge and exploration of the land-based yoga practice you may already be familiar with.”
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If all that sounds transcendental to you, then hold up. The classes will set you back quite a bit, at $20 for hotel guests, or $30 for non-guests.
However, the classes, which take place three times a week at 8 am, are a full hour long, and are open to all levels of yogi – just make sure you can swim.