Humans have been instinctively drawn towards water bodies from the dawn of time for its healing and transformative properties. According to many ancient cultures, water is believed to be the element that balances the body by finding a balance between physical and mental harmony.
This has not changed as most people flock to water mainly during summer to calm and soothe their mind. When not around lakes or beaches most of us take long showers and baths to relax our body and mind.
It is, therefore, safe to assume that practicing yoga near any water body compliments the benefits of yoga. For those of you who have tried SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga, you’ll know exactly what we are talking about. It is a very calming ambiance, being on water listening to its sounds under the bright blue sky.
The relaxation you get from SUP Yoga is at a whole another level. This is further supported by the sheer number of people adopting this new form of yoga. This has created a huge demand for SUP yoga teachers.
In this article, we mention 5 things you must keep in mind if you are considering getting the SUP YTT Certification.
1) Have Some SUP Experience before signing up
Get a feel for how SUP yoga is by picking up the basics of getting a smooth stroke technique, turns and getting on/off the board before you can learn to teach others how to do to do it.
2) Teaching SUP is no cake walk
While teaching SUP yoga, you take on multiple roles other than just being the yoga teacher. You will be a lifeguard, waterway crossing guard, paddle coach, weatherman/woman, etc. With most SUP teacher certification programs, you will be taught these skills.
3) Expect to get drenched
Inevitably you will fall into the water while learning. You will also be taught how to rescue someone who falls and how to teach them to get back up on the board after their inevitable fall. Al this is sure to leave you soaking wet after your sessions so dress appropriately. There are some quick-dry clothes that will work perfectly for this so do some research and go with something that works for you.
4) Study your location and prepare accordingly.
Research the details of the water body on which you will be learning. If it is a cold water body, you can wear a wetsuit and if it is relatively warm then you can wear minimal clothing as you wouldn’t need much protection. There may also be other location-specific threats like for instance, In Australia, there are many bluebottles (a jellyfish that stings) along the coast. You can make preparations accordingly.
5) Stay Humble
As SUP Yoga is a whole new form of yoga, even the traditional yoga master will take some time to get used to this discipline. Keep an open mind while learning this form of yoga as yoga practiceyoga practice on a paddleboard can be a very humbling experience even for the studio yoga experts.