TCU Yoga Club takes to the water

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Combine the challenge of a crane pose with the intensity of surfing and—BAM—you’re doing Standup Yoga Paddleboarding.

Local company, DFW Surf, introduced the trendy form of yoga exercise Wednesday at the University Recreation Center’s pool with the help of TCU Yoga Club members.

Tyler Marshall, President and Founder of DFW Surf, started the company when he attended TCU as an undergrad seven years ago. The company now has four locations across the Metroplex and looks to start hosting paddleboarding events at community pools.

“During the off-season we’re moving indoors,” said Marshall. “We’re hoping to introduce Yoga Paddleboarding to more schools.”

Marshall booked the rec center’s pool and contacted TCU Yoga Club President Alexis Schrepple, a sophomore graphic design major, to get students involved.

“We asked our club members and a lot of people said they were interested,” said Schrepple.

Two Standup Yoga Paddleboarding sessions were held Wednesday and nine people attended.

Co-founder of Yoga Digest magazine, Jenn Bodnar, led the sessions. She’s been teaching yoga classes for the past five years.

Participants went through basic yoga motions on the ground before taking to the pool. Bodnar walked the group through Chaturanga Dandasana and Downward-Facing Dog before challenging them to Crane Pose and Adho Mukha Vrksasana.

The pool looked like its was overrun by a bunch of waterbugs as Bodnar, Marshall and students performed the motions and glided across the water.

Freshman electrical engineering major Brandon Victorian is a member of the TCU Yoga Club and came to Wednesday’s event.

“It’s a great way to challenge my body,” said Victorian. “I fell off a couple times, but it was still fun.”

Marshall and the TCU Yoga Club look to continue hosting events like Standup Yoga Paddleboarding in the future.

The TCU Yoga Club meets every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the rec center’s Multi-purpose Room 2.

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