So, I’m sitting in my shoebox studio apartment in Red Bank on this hot 4th of July (which luckily looks right up the Navesink River), and after posting my “Declaration of Independence – What is it?” article, I’m trying to think of other interesting stories that you might like. 

I then spy a small flotilla of young ladies on paddleboards about 75 yards out.  They start synchronized movements and I realize – it’s a Flow Paddle Yoga class!  

Being a sharp journalist (and an all-American patriotic male), I secure my camera onto the tripod, step out into the heat, zoom the lens and start taking pictures.

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When they start returning home I shoot over to their launching site at Maple Cove and interview the owner, Sally Bruno.

Sally is a lifetime Monmouth County resident starting her business about four years ago.  She said that “The business is primarily based out of Red Bank, but it is mobile and we launch from a lot of different locations including Manasquan, Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands, Rumson, and Shark River.

My certifications include two levels of Paddle Fit and I’m a senior coach for the World Paddle Association.  I also have two 200 hours of certification for Yoga and many other advanced certifications as well, which allows me to certify others who want to teach, including “Whasup” as in “SUP – Stand Up Yoga.”   Get it?

Sally said that she has kept her lifeguard certification current and that safety is very important to her and makes sure that all wear lifejackets and are aware of the dangers.  “Before we start, we do a land demonstration going over board anatomy, launching from land, getting on and off the board and learn paddle strokes and turns.”    

Bruno discussed that once on the water they drop (a small mushroom-like) anchor and then go into meditation mode: sit, relax and take a look around to appreciate their studio for the day.  “There’s no walls, no ceilings and no floor.  You’re completely surrounded by the elements and are not only visually connected with the elements, but also experience the full sensory spectrum: the water, feeling the breeze on your skin, the sun on your face, hearing the birds and even the trains rumbling over the bridge.  You learn how to mentally adjust which makes it a more fluid event on the water.”

Flow Paddle Yoga has a great variety of classes: Intro to SUP, wildlife tours, full moon tours, fitness and drills and private lessons.

And if you book in the next two days (July 4th & 5th) they are offering a 10% discount towards your next purchase.  When you check out, use the Promo Code: FREEDOM

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