Stand Up Paddle Yoga

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What is Stand Up Paddle Yoga? SUP Yoga is an innovative, challenging, new way to energize and transform any regular yoga practice. Taking place while floating on water and balancing on a paddleboard, Stand-Up Paddle Yoga is making waves around the world, with the SUP community taking their yoga practice off dry land and trading in their mat for a paddleboard. Practiced in serene settings on the backdrop of natural landscapes, SUP yoga can take place in calm waters or amidst chest-high waves on an ocean, lake, river, or urban waterway.

Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Yoga

SUP yoga provides an invigorating workout. Advocates list the following benefits of practicing yoga on a paddleboard:

  • Challenging
  • Increases the amount of core stability needed to achieve each pose
  • Develops balance
  • Increases focus
  • Increases breath control
  • Refines technique
  • Activates new muscles
  • Develops deeper┬álevel of mindfulness
  • Water is calming and stress-alleviating
  • Soothes the mind
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Empowering
  • Motivating
  • Rejuvenating
  • Union with nature
  • Natural landscape beauty
  • Fresh air
  • Sensation of walking on water
  • Offers a unique vantage point of life
  • Fun

Stand-Up Paddle Yoga Class

If you have mastered your regular yoga class, try leaving the gym or studio and joining a SUP yoga class. While originating on the beaches of Hawaii in the 1960s, today you can find SUP yoga classes inland as well. A great way to get and stay fit, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding classes work the legs, core, arms, and back as you try to stay on board and propel yourself. The broad and stable 10- to 12-foot-long paddleboards have been dubbed ‘the floating yoga mat,’ while SUP yoga devotees describe the experience as relaxing, meditative, joyful, and free.

SUP Yoga Poses

For a serious workout which fires up and strengthens the core muscles, improves alignment, balance and weight distribution, and increases focus, popular SUP yoga poses include:

  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Cat Pose
  • Child’s Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Warrior Pose I
  • Plank Pose
  • Corpse Pose

To expand your yoga practice, deepen your connection with nature, develop your mindfulness skills, improve your technique, and enjoy a new, exciting full-body workout, head to a nearby body of water and join a Stand Up Paddle Yoga class.