Is there anything more peaceful than floating along Tallebudgera Creek on a sunny, windless morning with a paddle board under your feet?
How about anchoring close to the shore for a relaxing yoga class while the tide gently rocks beneath you.
Now you can do both in the one glorious, zen-inducing morning thanks to local yokl, a Gold Coast company passionate about connecting travellers to locals and uniting them with the heart of our city.
Stand up paddle boarding can be somewhat of an art unto itself and while some balance is required, at least if you fall off, you’ll be splashing into the crystal clear waters of Talle Creek for a refreshing dip. It’s win win.
After cruising up the creek, instructor Sarnia has you dock the boards close(ish) to the shore to begin the yoga portion of the experience.
The practice starts off gently with meditative breathing and stretching and moves into stronger poses tailored to your strength and balance abilities.
After around an hour of asanas, including a few minutes to test out your skills with something a little trickier, it’s time for a closing meditation laying on the board, eyes closed with the sounds of birds, waves and laughing children floating by.
Paddling back to the starting spot might just be one of the most relaxing experiences of your life after that.
Once you’re back on dry land, have a quick dip and join Sarnia for a healthy, delicious breakfast by the creek and be on your merry way.
Paddle board yoga is such a beautiful way to experience one of the Gold Coast’s most breathtaking natural sights and what better way than on the water with a relaxing workout thrown in for good measure.
HOURS: Various (we recommend a sunrise session).
LOCATION: Meet at Kevin Gate Park, Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads.
Words by Kirra Smith