Prerana Yoga is honored to lead paddleboard yoga at the Lansing Flow event next Wednesday!
There is so much more to paddleboarding than what meets the eye and it is our primary goal to introduce this practice in a way that encourages sustainability to the practitioner, the sport and also to the environment. When you participate with us next week, expect to learn important safety points that should be considered before you even get out onto the water. Also, expect to be able to try out a few gentle and safe yoga poses aboard a paddleboard.
Our instructors are trained and very skilled in keeping you feeling comfortable as you explore new aspects of yourself, so do not be afraid to play and have fun. You will find us at the paddleboard check-in located right by the waterfront. We have limited spaces in our sessions, so be sure to arrive early and sign in with us to ensure your spot!
More and more people are becoming aware of the joy of paddle-sports and how amazing it feels to ride currents and waves, connect to nature, paddle your own path, and be completely immersed in the glory of a Michigan summer on the water. With all the excitement it is easy to neglect the responsibility that comes with this adventurous sport; not just in terms of personal safety, but the safety and sustainability of the environment we choose to play in as well.
Getting started as a paddler is relatively easy to do; purchasing or renting equipment can be done at relatively low cost, basic techniques can be picked up fairly quickly and the benefits of the workout and time spent in the fresh-air and sunshine are numerous and noticeable. However, the factors which make paddle-sports accessible are the exact same reasons paddle-sports can be dangerous.
Taking a lesson with a certified professional is one way to minimize risk to yourself and others. In addition, a knowledgeable instructor will be able to clue you into concepts and techniques that are not intuitive but make the experience of paddling far more pleasurable. The American Canoe Association is the gold standard in the paddle industry and leads the way in terms of paddle-sport safety and education. Simply browsing through their website is a great place to start getting prepared for your next paddle trip or find a qualified instructor.
Most paddlers are natural stewards of the environment. By exploring the nature and flow of the water around us we start to open a relationship to the wild and uncover the interrelationships between all things. We begin to ask where this river flows from and where it flows to, concern ourselves with water quality, and begin to practice preservation techniques so that we can continue to play in the outdoors.
Michigan is unlike any other place on earth. We are surrounded by a quarter of the global freshwater supply and yet our ecosystem is in a delicate and dangerous balance. Every decision we make matters. Come to Lake Lansing Park on July 24 to learn and explore more.
Elissa Voigt is a stand up paddle-board instructor and state stewardship director for the American Canoe Association. Portions of this originally published in the LSJ in June
As a junior in college at Davenport University, I knew that I needed to try and land a summer internship. Where? Previously, I had planned to attend Michigan State University after Lansing Community College for their education program. Things changed, and now I sat scrolling through pages of potential internships for someone works on the Bachelor of Business Administration. Never did the words “insurance industry” come to mind. Yet, as I scrolled, Auto-Owners Insurance Company continued to slide onto the radar. In a leap of faith, I sent a resume and cover letter to the human resources department and waited.
A few weeks later, I was called in for a stage one interview, then a stage two, and then an offer. Little did I know what embarking on an internship with a company the size of Auto-Owners that was nearly right in my very own backyard would mean. It meant volunteer information and opportunities, chances to donate to charities, talks from speakers that are waist deep in community contribution. Landing my feet in the door at Auto-Owners also re-opened my eyes to what it meant to be a citizen of Lansing, Michigan.
When you live somewhere for your whole life, it’s easy to get complacent and forget how great it is in mid-Michigan. It’s a portion of the state that doesn’t quite get the recognition it deserves. It’s not the natural, lush lakes and woods of northern Michigan, it’s not the bleeding heart of Detroit, and it’s not the bustling highways of Grand Rapids. Lansing is its very own vibrant, electric city. Beer and music festivals, baseball games, soccer games (go Lansing Ignite!), lively breweries, beautiful walking trails, rivers for kayaking and fishing, the zoo, and the capitol building. Quite nearly, it’s impossible to be bored.
That’s not even to mention the opportunities for work. As noted before, the words “insurance industry” don’t exactly come to mind for many young people who may be wanting to live and work in the capital area. However, the industry is full of career paths that can be taken, and there’s something for nearly everyone. Once I was in Auto-Owners, I realized how many potential careers I could have, all with the same company. It’s been a dream come true to work somewhere that provides opportunity to grow, as well as benefits me the chance to continue to keep exploring and growing with the Lansing community that only seems to keep getting bigger and better.
The 5:01 is looking for guest bloggers to share their experiences on the benefits of living, working and playing in the greater Lansing area.