During my stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, I made sure to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible. Luckily, it's pretty easy to do here, especially if you're staying on property.
Hands down my favorite soft-adventure activity in Aruba was SUP Yoga. Having taken plenty of Yoga and Pilates classes back home in San Francisco, I was up for the challenge. My class was taught by Island SUP and I met my instructor right on the beach. Feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement, her calm demeanor immediately put me at ease.
Our class had five participants, all with varying levels of flexibility and experience, and yet we all managed to stay on our boards during the duration on the class. To keep us from drifting away, the instructor tied all the boards together with a rope and also attached each to a buoy.
Rachel Brathen is co-founder of Island SUP and both Rachel and Olivia co-founded 109 World, a charity that leads various mission trips around the world and helps developing communities. As a travel blogger myself, it's quite admirable how she's using her social media influence to do much more than teach classes.
SUP Yoga isn't exactly easy but it's also not nearly as hard as it looks. The wind was fairly calm during our class so we didn't experience many waves that might make us lose our balance. If you're curious about giving it a try, Aruba is the perfect place to do it. Blue skies and turquoise ocean definitely make for an inspiring backdrop.