Working out and trying to live a healthier lifestyle is something that many people today strive for.
Since there are so many different types of exercises out there, choosing any one particular discipline or routine isn’t going to be a simple task if you aren’t sure about the kind of results you’re looking for. Some routines will bulk you up while others are designed to help you lose weight or tone up.
Yoga is known to be a powerhouse workout discipline because it increases muscle strength and tone, improves energy, increases flexibility, helps you lose weight, and so much more. If you’re already a yoga fan but you want to take it to the next level, then you might want to try SUP yoga.
Not to be confused with the popular slang greeting, “S’up?” SUP yoga is actually combining yoga with standup paddle boarding. By practicing yoga on a standup paddleboard, you going to practice yoga poses on a standup paddle board in the middle of calm water like the bay, a lake, or even a calm river.
By practicing SUP yoga on your board, you’re going to be activating your muscles in a different way because you’re not on solid ground anymore—you’re on body of water that is always moving, even if only the smallest bit. As you’re performing the yoga poses, you’re going to have to make minute adjustments in your body and weight distribution so that you remain on the board!
Naturally, when you are going to be working out, you want to make sure that your routine is going to be beneficial, right? SUP yoga is much more challenging than yoga you’d do on land and because of the extra effort you’re going to need to employ to stay dry, the benefits are that much greater.
Some of the benefits that advocates claim SUP yoga can give you include:
To begin SUP yoga, we recommend that you first get a good quality standup paddle board, which can be either an inflatable standup paddle board or a hard board. The board you choose should be long and wide—most board are going to be over 10 feet long and over 30 inches wide.
Also, you’re going to want a board that is at least 4 inches thick so you’re going to float. If you’re a heavier person or if you need extra stability, you can find 6 inch boards.
It is also a good thing to make sure that your board has a nonslip deck pad that covers most of the board. This deck pad is going to help you not slip while performing the poses, but it is also going to give you more surface space to use.
Another accessory that you’ll want to consider purchasing is an anchor system. The anchor system is going to prevent you from floating away when you’re in the middle of your routine.
It’s a good idea to go with a 10 to 12 pound mushroom anchor. We do want to point out that you don’t necessarily need an anchor, but it’s nice to have if you’re sharing the water with other people.
Lastly, the paddle. Most SUP boards will come with a paddle, but depending on the company, your paddle may not be up to snuff. We recommend that you pick up a good quality carbon fiber paddle
If you search for SUP yoga, you’re going to find numerous classes being offered, some near you, many may not. You don’t necessarily have to join a class to do yoga out on the water. Why, many people prefer not to because it’s an extra expense.
However, when you do one of these classes, you have the chance to connect with others while out there. Plus, you’ll have the guidance and encouragement from the instructor, which can help you improve your technique and keep you focused.
If you decide to forego the classes and dive right in (no pun intended) own your own accord, here are some yoga poses that you can do while on your standup paddle board:
SUP yoga is a fantastic way to relax, get in touch with nature, and get yoga workout in. To do yoga on the water, you do need a standup paddle board that is suitable for your body weight and your skill level. Remember, larger boards are going to give you more room to work on and more stability!
The more you practice yoga on your standup paddle board, the more confident you will be to try more challenging poses than the five we discussed here. If you’re already a fan of SUP yoga, leave us a comment below and tell us where your favorite places to go to practice SUP yoga, or where you even like to go to do some standup paddle boarding.