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.
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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