By Tracey Toomey | August 22, 2016 | Lifestyle
Taking yoga off the mat and onto a stand-up paddleboard was a no-brainer for Jessica Bellofatto.
Jessica Bellofatto was an early proponent of combining yoga with stand-up paddleboarding, which increases the need for balance and allows you to refine your technique, all in a calming natural setting.
A yoga practitioner for 24 years and the owner of the East Hampton studio KamaDeva Yoga, Jessica Bellofatto has adored the beaches of the East End since she was a child.
“I’ve always loved the ocean and being on the water,” she says. “I started paddleboarding about eight years ago, and it was therapeutic for me. I did a lot of longer-distance ocean paddling with a friend of mine who is also a yoga teacher, and when we would take a break on the board, we started doing yoga postures. It was fun! I started teaching it, and it grew from there.”
Bellofatto offers Full Moon Paddles in the Hamptons, in which participants paddle across the harbor as the sun sets and the moon rises, then anchor to a “floating studio,” where Bellofatto guides them through “moon salutations” and a stand-up paddleboard yoga session, followed by a short meditation. The evening paddles have become so popular that she now offers them twice every full moon.
Bellofatto’s mission is “to support your healing as you chart your own course to happiness,” and in the Hamptons, that course is bound to involve the water, rejuvenation, a bit of adventure, and refreshments awaiting you on the beach when you return. 15 Lumber Lane, East Hampton, 604-1382
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