Yoga teacher and students meditating on paddleboards carried into the ocean, rescued by a canoeist


Internet users were unanimous in thinking that “doing yoga on the ocean” was a bad idea.

There are many great ways to do yoga these days, like in a cat cafe or outside on a farm with goats, but as one yoga teacher and her students learned, you shouldn’t. probably not doing yoga on an untethered pedal boat on the ocean.

At approximately 3:55 p.m. on October 9, the Shonan Coast Guard Station in Kanagawa received a communication from a group paddleboarding in the ocean off the coast of Chigasaki fishing port, just southeast. from Tokyo. “We have drifted in the ocean and we cannot come back” says the message.

The group consisted of a 50 year old yoga teacher and four students who had left the man-made cape known as Headland Beach, which is part of Chigasaki Beach, around 3pm. The group began to practice yoga, and after meditating on top of their paddleboards, they discovered that they had been blown 500 meters (0.3 mile) offshore.

The instructor attempted to call the Chigasaki Town Operations Company on her cell phone, but could not reach him, so she dialed 118 to contact the Japanese Coast Guard for assistance. aid. Shortly after, at 4:00 p.m., a passer-by in a canoe spotted the five stranded women and towed them to shore.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the group must have felt a fright. “I would like the instructor to be more thorough in the management of safety,” said a representative from the coast guard station. Japanese internet users were inclined to accept.

“Of course you would get lost meditating on the plank in the ocean with no one to stop you. Hope it was a rewarding experience.
“Even if they were on board and not on boats, they still should have used a parachute anchor or something like that. If there is even a little wind, they will drift.
“It’s fine if it’s your hobby, but you have to be careful not to put others at risk. Meditation on the ocean could be fatal.
“Chigasaki has fairly strong currents between the beach and the island of Uba. Depending on the time of day, they can change direction suddenly and become very dangerous. The locals know it. “
“They were lucky that five minutes after calling him someone in a canoe found them.”
“Maybe you shouldn’t be meditating on the ocean?”

While maybe the next time the instructor should consider bringing anchors or hiring someone to accompany them on a boat, we’re glad no one was hurt and everyone was safely brought to shore. Still, it was a lesson the instructor will likely never forget. Never underestimate the power of the ocean!

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