Fundamentals of SUP Yoga

from the JP team on the  board in Maui, Hawaii (USA). Photo: thorstenindra.com

Doing yoga on a Stand up Paddle Board or SUP is the freshest concept and the same is gaining a lot of popularity these days. Likewise, SUP Yoga teacher training too is gaining a lot of popularity. Let us see what exactly this concept is all about and understand its fundamentals.

What is SUP Yoga?

You are merely required to grab your favorite SUP and to head out to a flat water body in order to try some of the most amazing yoga poses on the board that you have carried. The practice mostly commonly carried out is Vinyasa which refers to nothing but a series of flows which are designed to increase the endurance, strength and flexibility of all your muscles.

Why is SUP Yoga different from a land-based Yoga?

The difference in between SUP and land based Yoga is the amount of extra balance that you require on the water. While putting an extra effort in balancing, the micro muscles of your body get engaged in supporting the big muscles. Thus, when you are out on the water, these micro muscles become active. The entire workout becomes very impressive.

At the same time, SUP Yoga requires a little more focus than the regular yoga in order to keep the act of the balance constant. The focus so made helps to clear your mind by the way of forcing you to become present with the task that you have in your hand.

Basic SUV Yoga poses:

Following are considered to be the basic SUV Yoga poses under which you can also start your SUP Yoga teacher training in:

Downward facing dog:

You can stretch your spin perfectly by the way of this pose. It also helps to stretch your shoulders and legs. You are merely required to take a table position and lift your hips. Now, send your tailbone back to the sky. Melt down your shoulders and align them with your head. This pose is also very good for your core.

One-legged king pigeon:

Start with a table position and try to bring one leg forward such that you rest your knee in between your hands. Extend the other leg back and take the position of a seat. Now, push your chest forward. This pose is all set to stretch your muscles.

Chair pose:

This pose tests you on balance. You are required to start from a standing position. Come back as if you are taking a seat. Raise your arms above parallel to the elbow and in line with your head. Take a small twist and form a prayer position by the way of turning right to left.

Tree pose:

This pose is all about balancing on one leg. You are required to bring your foot to your knee, shin or thigh. Keep your hands in a prayer position. Now, try to balance out by the way of gazing up in between your hands. This pose could be a little difficult to try for the first time, however if you succeed you will have fun in the other chances.

SUP Yoga is like a bout of fresh air in the yoga practice and a number of people are keen on learning the same. Excited much? Learn it today!

 

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