Stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga combines the peace, centeredness and full-body engagement of yoga with the fresh air and natural connection found on the water. It takes the practice to a whole new level, and will provide a refreshing challenge for your next step in the yoga journey.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
You’ll want to use a long, wide paddleboard for maximum stability. A padded or inflatable board will give you the cushioning you’re used to from a floor mat, and may be more comfortable than a solid, hard board. With the increasing popularity of SUP yoga, some board makers are now designing yoga-specific boards.
If you can, borrow or rent a few different boards. That way you can see what works best for you before investing in your own.
Embrace Getting Wet
Falling in the water will be inevitable as you work toward mastering your yoga balance on a surface that keeps moving! So don’t let falling discourage you—see it as part of the journey.
Use an Anchor
Using an anchor lets you focus on breathing, balancing and enjoying the moment. It’ll keep you in the calm, protected water away from wind, waves and other watercraft. And if you fall in, your board won’t go floating off!
Always keep your safety in mind. If you’re in deep water, are you a strong swimmer? Are you wearing an appropriate personal flotation device (PFD)? If you’re in cold water, do you need a wetsuit or drysuit? Are you away from other watercraft?
Indoor SUP Yoga
If you want to try SUP yoga but are nervous about being on the water right away, or if you live in a northern climate and want to practice year-round—SUP yoga has moved indoors, too! Read more about it on YogaJournal.com.
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There are many videos for SUP yoga beginners on YouTube. Check them out!