Within the past decade Stand Up Paddling, aka SUP, has exploded in popularity, and for a good reason. It’s awesome. A relatively peaceful activity that allows the paddler to be out on the water soaking up the sun and getting a nice strong core and arms. It’s an all around blissful way to spend a few hours.
Like any great activity, SUPing is evolving, and now not only can you take SUP classes or rent the boards anywhere with warm weather and some sort of body of water, you can also take a SUP yoga class.
That’s right; we’re talking downward facing dog on a floating board on the water. Sure, if balance isn’t exactly your strong suit this may sound like a recipe for disaster, but trust us, it’s crazy fun and surprisingly tranquil.
If you’ve yet to experience the joy that is SUP yoga, read on for our quick list on exactly why you should give it a try!
Benefits of SUP Yoga
Because Balance is a Good Thing
Bringing more balance into our lives is always a good thing. Practicing physical balance lends itself to creating more balance in other areas of our lives. A SUP yoga class is a lesson in balance – the subtle shifts of your movement affect the board. As you move through class, you’ll discover how to keep the balance between your body, the board, and the water.
It Allows You to Enjoy The Present Moment
Without attention constantly being pulled in a million directions at once, focusing on the present moment alone is a rare treasure. In SUP yoga, remove your attention from the activity at hand, and you may find yourself in the water. A present mind is a focused and clear mind, a gift that SUP yoga happily gives.
Everyone and EveryBODY Can Do it!
SUP yoga isn’t an activity reserved for any particular level of athletic ability; it’s open for all. If you’ve never done yoga before no sweat, you’ll learn in class. If you’ve been doing yoga for years, you’ll discover how different it feels on a moving board. Young, elderly, short, tall, come as you are and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Connecting to balance is connecting to one’s core, which you’ll do plenty of in SUP yoga. Balancing on a board is a great chance to strengthen the core, which will, in turn, strengthen the rest of your body.
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Helps to Release Stress and Anxiety
They say anxiety comes from focusing too much on the future and what hasn’t occurred yet, and depression stems from living in the past. As mentioned, in SUP yoga you will simply be focusing on each breath as it comes, nothing more. This practice of presence will help you release stress, anxiety, and alleviate the effects of depression.
Quality Bonding Time
Guarantee – if you take a SUP yoga class with your friends and family, you will bond in a way only SUP yoga can accomplish. It’s entirely possible that you will end up chuckling as you watch your loved ones find their balance, or even as you or someone else takes an unexpected dip into the water (happens to all of us). It’s a great way to let loose with each other and let expectations slip away as you just have a great time.
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Above All Else, Learn to Go With The Flow
Life is getting wrenches thrown into the plan. Life is having big ups, big downs, and plenty of in-between. Learning to go with the flow of life isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. Practicing SUP yoga is a practice in going with the flow. If a small wave or water disturbance comes along, you might need to adjust your pose. If another practitioner’s board floats too close to yours, you may find yourself toppling over. As you flow through the various challenges of class, you may find it easier to flow with the changes happening throughout your life. What happens on the SUP board doesn’t have to stay on the SUP board.
Blue skies, turquoise water, and the bright sun shining overhead. This is the setting of SUP yoga at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Taught by the esteemed Liberty Suarez, a certified yoga and SUP yoga instructor, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers SUP yoga classes Thursday & Saturday at 11 AM (private classes available upon request). The introduction fee is $40. To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to partner with Boga Yoga brand premium SUP boards made for yogis.