Stand up paddle board yoga (SUP yoga) has become one of the most popular disciplines of the sport. The U.S. state of Florida claims point of origin, but regardless of where it began, this unique approach to yoga is gaining momentum, with classes, retreats, and festivals happening wherever in the world there is water.
People are practicing on indoor and outdoor pools and other calm, flat water, as well as experimenting with currents. For yoga enthusiasts looking for a new way to do what you love, below is a great personal story about a yoga purist and her thoughts about paddle board yoga after trying it. Could be all the encouragement you need to give it a try—and perhaps become a convert, too.
Ami Dodd and Glenn Payne demonstrate Acro Yoga on a Stand Up Paddle Board SUP. This was Glenn's first time on a SUP! Using a Red Paddle Co. 10' 8" Mega Inflatable. Lake Anne Plaza Reston, Virginia VA
Paddle board yoga events can be found around the world, from across the U.S., including Hawaii, to Canada, Mexico, Costa, Rica, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Australia, and New Zealand. This is just the short list, and it continues to grow (see links below).
Start by learning the basics of stand up paddle boarding (link to 2A). Be sure to acquire a board that has the appropriate volume needed for your weight (link to 2D). A board with more than the minimum volume will ensure confident stability and buoyancy. Learning the paddle boarding part is easy, with most able to balance and paddle within half an hour of their first time on a board. From there, SUP yoga is simply a natural extension.
Infuse your soul with therapeutic benefits
The benefits are obvious: the challenge of yoga, with the challenge of balancing on water while performing yoga offers a fabulous opportunity for whole body strengthening and targeted core fitness. Begin with some flat water, blue sky and a calm breeze; surround yourself with the magic of nature, and…bliss.
SUP Yoga – Getting started. Plenty of good tips here for those wanting to begin practising yoga on a stand up paddle board.
SUP yoga Guru Chantal O'Sullivan from Tsawwassen, B.C. Canada practising yoga on a Paiwen board. To read more about Chantal go to http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/06/sup-dog-yoga-on-a-floating-mat-chantal-osullivan/
Equinox Yogi Dice lida-Klein masters the floating flow. By Equinox
The golden rules of SUP yoga by PaddlingTV
Don't forget the kids
Children love SUP yoga for all the same reasons you will. Invite a young one to stretch with you on the mat, and you may get a less-than-enthusiastic response. Ask your kid to do the downward dog on a paddle board on a quiet lake some summer morning—well. Kids love toys and water; movement just comes naturally. Paddle board yoga may be the happiest, healthiest thing your family has done together for a long time.
LOCATION: Rincon, Puerto Rico
LOCATION: Cabarette, Dominican Republic
LOCATION: Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
LOCATION: Matara, Siri Lanka
COSTA RICA / Canadian
DESCRIPTION: Yoga retreat and Teacher training program by "Yoga Warehouse". This retreat is held in Costa Rica but is very Canadian.
LOCATION: Mal Pais, Costa Rica
LOCATION: Bora Bora, Tahiti
DESCRIPTION: Instructors from Canada and the U.S.
The video below is about Ecuador, not about paddle boarding
LOCATION: Nova Scotia
Stand Up Paddle Yoga Podcast
Radio Podcast for SUP - including yoga
Paddle Board Yoga Classes
LOCATION: Miami - various locations
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