Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga in Lake Placid

SUP Yoga Clinic in Lake Placid

The latest fitness craze, yoga on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), sounded like one of the best ideas to hit humanity since prehistoric man tried using pieces of wood to slide across the snow and ice some 20,000 years ago. It seemed appropriate then to try the sport for the first time in a place known for its ski history, the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, New York.

The idea of combining two of my top three favorite things; yoga and playing on the water, to help get ready for my third favorite thing, skiing, was very appealing. I was anxious to try my first SUP yoga class. Fortunately for me, a local yoga instructor is also a stand-up paddleboard fan and offers SUP yoga lessons and clinics, so I gave it a shot.

SUP Yoga Split Downward Dog in Lake PlacidThe Adirondack morning air was cool but the water warm when we carried our boards to the water’s edge. After a few minutes of learning to use the long paddle to maneuver the large board while at the same time standing and maintaining balance, I was ready to try some yoga. The first few poses went very well and my initial assessment was, “This is surprisingly easy.” After some poses utilizing a low center of balance such as downward facing dog, Chaturanga, and cobra, it was time tackle the standing poses. Even the standing poses such as crow proved relatively easy so I grew bolder. Ultimately, I was humbled by triangle pose and took a refreshing tumble into Mirror Lake.

SUP Yoga Crow in Lake PlacidIt is no surprise classes integrating yoga and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are catching on across the country. The combination of yoga poses practiced on a giant surfboard combines the challenge of balance and focus with the relaxing effects of water and nature. For me, a born and raised Jersey Girl, the familiar rocking of the board under my body was an unusual Adirondack treat. Now my board is a floating yoga mat from which to enjoy the rejuvenating Adirondacks.


Photographs provided by Mim Franz.


  1. Tiffany

    Wow, that looks pretty intense! I guess drifting is OK?

  2. teleskiqueen

    It is honestly not as tough as it looks. And yes, drifting is ok. SUP on a lake is pretty mellow – I can’t wait to try SUP in the ocean!

  3. Camille

    Hi-I am in lake placid for the horse show for 2 weeks. How does one make a reservation for this? It looks amazing!

  4. teleskiqueen

    I am not sure about the SUP yoga classes this summer, but one can rent a SUP at Mirror Lake Boat Rentals on Main Street in Lake Placid.

  5. Mari mariano

    We are in Lake Placid this weekend (7/9-7/12)and have our boards with us. Do you have classes this weekend? Thank you,

  6. Joann

    I am not the instructor. As far as I know, there are no classes this weekend.

  7. Jen

    Where and when can I do this? I can’t find anything online for lake placid sup yoga.

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