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Aqua Vida's Standup Paddleboard Yoga moves to Spruce Street Harbor Park

Last week, the ladies of Aqua Vida announced an exciting change of venue for their standup paddleboard yoga classes to the awesome urban oasis that is Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Aqua Vida’s Standup Paddleboard Yoga moves to Spruce Street Harbor Park

A standup paddleboard yoga class by Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
A standup paddleboard yoga class by Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park. via Facebook

During these hot and sticky summer months, you’ve probably been brainstorming ways to stay cool while you sweat. Luckily, the ladies of Aqua Vida have the workout you’ve been looking for.

In June, Jana Mars and Michelle Doyle launched their standup paddleboard yoga series in Philadelphia. I tried one of their SUP yoga classes on the Schuylkill River in West Fairmount Park (and highly recommend it) — but last week, the duo made an exciting change of venue to the awesome urban oasis that is Spruce Street Harbor Park.

A wet couple of weeks gave the Schuylkill some questionable water quality, so Mars and Doyle teamed up with the Delaware River Waterfront to announce their new home out of the popular pop-up park.

“It's such a fun, vibrant place to practice SUP Yoga, and we're hooked,” said Mars.

The 90-minute classes offer a SUP tutorial on land from Mars, a WPA certified standup paddleboard instructor, followed by a 45-minute yoga practice from Doyle, who trained at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

Want to get in on the action? Classes will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. for $45 with a board rental or $30 if you BYOB. (Weather permitting, of course.) The SUP yoga classes will run for the entirety of August — but I hear they may announce a September series if all goes well at the new spot!

Reserve your space at aquavidasup.com.


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Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
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