Best Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga Poses for the Beginners


SUP yoga poses are taught during the SUP yoga teacher training. But, it is not a cakewalk for the beginners. Balancing on water is a very hard nut to crack.

Here, we have got the best SUP yoga poses that are easy to excel. Take a look at the best stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga poses for the beginners.

1.  Child’s Pose (Balasana)

It is one of the easiest poses. Lower the hip to the heels, keep the knees apart and lower the torso towards the board. It is a relaxing pose. Perform it in the middle of difficult poses for a pause.

2.  Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

The chair pose on stand up paddle board is very difficult to achieve. On land, the pose is performed by pressing the back against the wall to get support. Keep your hip raised in the beginning and with regular practice, you will be able to get the chair pose deeper. You can further deepen the pose with increased endurance and strength.

3.  Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

It is an easy pose for the beginner. Begin in the table pose. Move the knees away from the board and push the heels on the floor. You will feel a stretch in the claves and hamstrings.

4.  Plank (Adho Mukha Dandasana)

It helps to tone the abs. It also strengthens the arms. Once you hone the skill of simple plank on the SUP yoga board, you can graduate to side plank.

5.  Lunges

There are several types of lunges to do on the stand up paddle board like low lunge, high lunge as well as crescent lunge. On the SUP yoga board, it becomes a challenge to make proper pose.

6.  Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana)

Keeping the head and feet raised is not an easy task. It requires balance as well as core strength and hence, it is very difficult for the beginners especially on the stand up paddle board.

7.  Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Arching backwards evenly sans offering any pressure on a leg than the other is very difficult. The pose is considered one of the trickiest during the SUP yoga teacher training. It is a true challenge to balance, control and align on the board.

8. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Cobra pose is also called as the upward-facing dog. Lay flat on the front of the SUP board. Keep the hands pressed between the shoulders and the board. Press the palms in the board, raise the head, chest and shoulder up. Keep the legs flat.

9.  Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

It is simple, but on an inflatable SUP board, you will get a softer surface to press the neck and shoulders. It is very relaxing pose.

10.  Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The most relaxing pose is actually the corpse pose. Lie flat on the back, stare the blue sky and relax. The pose helps you to unwind and relax.

11. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

It is one of the most difficult poses as it involves wide stance and twisting. Balancing on the board is a big challenge. Keep your foot firm and control the hip movements to attain finesse.