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Meet floating yoga, this summer's hottest fitness trend

by Courtney Gisriel / / Source: TODAY

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There's no denying yoga is tough stuff — have you ever tried to hold a pigeon pose for over a minute? Ouch. Yet, here in New York City, the fitness gurus at TMPL Gym decided to take the already challenging fitness class up a notch: Meet Holy Water, or yoga on a floating board, in the middle of a pool.

The harder-than-it-looks class encompasses aspects of yoga, Pilates and other strength and conditioning moves to target your core while toning your entire body.

I jumped into the pool thinking I would be able to pull off a fierce one-legged downward dog like this Holy Water expert:

But in reality I ended up quivering during warrior pose — and then falling face first into the pool. Not my most zen moment of the 45-minute class.

Can you tell I'm shaking?
Can you tell I'm shaking?TODAY

At the beginning, Bryan Jarrett, TMPL's group fitness manager, talked us through a warm up so we could find our balance on the board. Then we got started with the real work.

Keeping stable on the board definitely required a lot of focus. I wound up wobbling my way from plank to the "jump and turn." As someone with very little vertical agility, the prospect of jumping and landing on an unstable surface was a bit daunting. So, I started by jumping just an inch off the board ... But by the end of class I had mastered more of a leap!

TMPL Gym Holy Water Floating Yoga
Feeling the ab burnout right about now! TODAY

Balancing on the board while lifting one of my shaky limbs was another fun (joking) part, but after muscling through the workout I was feeling pretty powerful.

Holy Water Floating Yoga TMPL Gym
I eventually stopped counting the number of falls. TODAY

Falling into the pool (it happened more than a few times) seemed a little scary at first, but after the initial shock of hitting the surface wore off, I let loose and gave into the likelihood that I would probably fall again ... And again ... And again.

Giving into the falls was actually half the fun!

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