WHY SUP & YOGA SUP
As far as I am concerned standing up on a paddle board is very yoga-ish. It requires good feet positioning, connectivity from feet to tummy and through to paddle. This inner stability and balance requires excellent posture between the paddle strokes ( during the glide) and is great cardio. We are away from traffic so fumes are minimum and generally surrounded by trees so they are the best natural air filters, so exercising and breathing in fresh clean air is always a bonus.
Learning something new and challenging is beneficial to our brain too as well as improving co-ordination and stamina. Agility and flexibility really do help manoeuvring yourself around on the board; standing to kneeling and back up again and swapping feet around can feel really scary at first but practice makes for new skills and more brain cells. Emotionally doing something we could not imagine we would do and being outdoors can make our heart sing. Feel connected to nature and water can be very nurturing for some people as well as meeting new people. Until you try it, you cannot imagine how good it feels to be standing in the middle of the river!
During any paddle over 30 minutes, it is recommended to move around your board and do some stretches; cat, dog and planks are super easy followed by lunges and squats that require a little more balance. The warriors are fantastic to practice to kneeling and very useful for paddling. I have never enjoyed my own personal yoga practice as much as on the board. I feel it is the most comfortable, moving , tranquil yoga mat one could ask for.
So even if you don’t ask to include yoga in your paddle, just to get up to standing requires a forward bend and a squat and if you are a little nervous about falling in then shoulder rolls and up dogs relieve ankle tensions. I don’t want you going home with more pains than normal.
Starting off with a 10 minute paddle to warm up and tone your muscles throughout your body. Followed by another 30 minutes of yoga;cats and dogs, twists, balances, squats, leg stretches and simple yoga moves that are challenged simply by being on the water. Meditation and relaxation are simply lovely under the trees surrounded by water, others may choose to practice some more challenging balances or headstands. It simply depends on you and what you would like and there is plenty of space in our open air classroom to do our own practice. You don’t have to be experienced in yoga or in paddle boarding to enjoy a SUP Yoga class, just willing to learn something different and feel the slight movement and wobbles of the board that can make the most simple yoga moves more challenging.
If you are interested in Yoga on the paddle boards and you cannot see a lesson online, just let me know and I can put together a class, it is quite popular with the yoga teachers and their students. You can be a complete beginner to yoga and start on the SUP’s.