Getting started with SUP Yoga!

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Even though it sounds like an odd combo but Stand Up Paddle Boards and Yoga are a perfect match! SUP Yoga Teacher Training is one of the hottest(!) fitness trends this decade, even more so when paddle boards are used for yoga!

Anytime you are on the water, a sense of relaxation and tranquility surrounds you. That sense of calmness comes from the gently lapping waves and the fact that you are surrounded by nature’s calming elements.

SUP Yoga brings a wide variety of benefits to the body and mind that include increased stability, mental focus, strength and a sense of calm. It’s high time you tried it out to see if it suits you. Setting aside its relaxing nature, here are a few other benefits to SUP Yoga.

For starters it is best to try out a paddle board first. You won’t get to be an SUP Yogi till you get the feel of actually being onboard! Simply rent an all-purpose paddle board to try out. Start out on a relatively calm day – wavy conditions usually lead to a visit into the drink for first timers! Once you feel ready, you can go out, buy a board or join SUP Yoga Teacher Training to perfect your skill with an experienced teacher.

As you might well imagine, performing yoga on water is completely different from doing so on the ground. A simple Savasana can turn a totally different experience when you perform SUP Yoga. In order to get a proper grasp on the benefits, start with the following yoga poses:

Savasana

Probably the easiest pose to perform in Yoga, more so when you do it on your board. Simply lie down on your back in a spread eagled position and let your hands hang off the board and above water. Close your eyes and let the sunshine drench you while allowing your fingers to gently trail on the water is as relaxing and calming as anything can get!

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Child’s Pose

A pose with many benefits including your digestive system, that which relaxes your muscles by stretching your lower back while opening up your hips. Exhale as you kneel down in the middle of the board, lay your torso between your thighs and rest your forehead on the floor. Next, rest your palms and forearms on the board while deeply inhaling and release.

Downward Facing Dog

One of the more well known of yoga poses, the Downward Dog can be much more challenging on a board. Get onto the board on your hands and knees, with your knees below your hips and your hands just above your shoulders. Draw your thighs back with your knees straightened, lift your hips above engaging your quadriceps.

SUP Yoga works your body, developing the muscles that help aid stability. SUP Yoga Teacher Training keeps pace with you. Your comfort on the paddle board determines the comfort of the poses you attempt. The balance that you practice on your paddle board will translate into your yoga postures allowing you to benefit even more! You get more mindful of the poses and if you rush through, you may well end up in the drink! That’s an extra bonus if it is a hot day.

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What You Need To Know About SUP Yoga

Yoga Lessons can be very rewarding once you find your rhythm, and the ease just starts to flow into you with every new asana. However, the calm and quiet is more enhanced after the adrenaline rush you get from succeeding at the most difficult of postures. As the universal community of Yoga Enthusiasts would have it, new, more challenging forms thus, keep developing.

SUP Yoga teacher Training

SUP YOGA!

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga is effectively just another form of yoga, but with the challenge of having to do it on a paddleboard in the water. It’s quite obvious that new learners tend to find this form unimaginable but truly it will start to make more sense once you’ve found your balance, and that is one of the key exercises of doing Yoga even on land!

So, before you begin to write off SUP Yoga with predispositions lets chart out the uncharted territory for you. A week or two in the hot summer months will surely get you hooked on more so, it will continue to be enjoyable at just about any time of the year. So, before trying out SUP Yoga, here are some necessities you should know about.

  • Leave your Fears Behind:

SUP Yoga needn’t always be a constant challenge that the rushing waters on a sea-beach shall provide. Classes are said to be just as enjoyable in lakes, ponds or even your backyard swimming pool.

  • Don’t just Leave it to the Experts:

Like for most ‘Yoga-first-timers’, SUP Yoga also needs expert guidance. But placing your faith in the right expert will require some background research. Make sure your instructor is a certified one, with adequate training in life-saving techniques and First-Aid. Also, they must have a lifeguard or equivalent training.

  • Do your part, be safe:

If you aren’t a swimmer, it is strongly advisable to inform the same to your trainer, however shallow the water-body you practise in. Not knowing how to swim needn’t mean you can’t do SUP Yoga at all, it will just be a little more challenging to do it in a life-jacket.

  • No need to get wet if you do it right:

Even though special paddleboards(e.g. Boga Yoga Boards) are designed to comfortable dimensions like 11 feet in length and 30 inches in width, which are obviously more than your average Yoga Mat, you may not believe in the possibility of coming out dry from such a session. To alleviate your discomfort the Yoga boards are made of much greater thickness than surfboards and the likelihood of water collecting on top of it is greatly reduced. The thickness also allows its design to be comfortably cushioned like your mats.

  • Dressing and grooming yourself for SUP Yoga:

It is advisable to wear synthetic clothing or swimsuits to avoid the unfortunate and an adequate application of non-oil-based sunscreen to make it less slippery.

And Lastly, along with an adequate supply of water to keep you hydrated on a sunny day don’t forget to bring along your enthusiasm and some good sense of humour. Often, the first person to fall into the water breaks the ice for the entire class, making the session much less worrisome. So, don’t fall back, join the SUP Yoga revolution and enjoy the benefits of the soothing water with those of Yoga.

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