Why I love SUP yoga
Standing up on a paddle board is very ‘yoga-ish’, it requires good feet positioning & connectivity from feet to tummy. Inner stability and balance requires excellent posture between the paddle strokes (during the glide) and is great cardio. My river knowledge (canoe coach) and my experience as a yoga teacher from yoga were an organic duo . I rarely go out on the paddleboard without yoga-ing and when I love no where else better than to yoga on the board! So you can hear how excited I am when it come to the warmer weather and I can invite people onto the most comfortable yoga mat in the prettiest of outdoor studios!
SUP Yoga benefits
- Pollution is minimal– away from traffic and surrounded by the best air filters : trees, so exercising 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 makes our heart sing.
- Feel connected to nature and water is nurturing as well as meeting new inspiring people.
- Until you try it, you cannot imagine how good it feels to be standing in the middle of the river and combine that with yoga and you could be onto a winning formula!
SUP Yoga classes
Monday evening at 7pm has been set aside for SUP Yoga setting off from Boulters Lock where we will go paddle to a quiet spot. If these timings don’t work let me know and we can see if there is another time of day that works.
We warm up for the class with a spot of paddling to our outdoor river studio so that might be a 2 minute paddle or 15 minute: sitting, kneeling or standing.
Most of the class is staying low to the board ( unless an advanced group). All the simple yoga moves are amplified from water to board to body. The subtleness of the moves are never felt more than on the water. The feedback of the board tilting is immediate, so adjustments and alignment are too. Until you try it you can’t imagine the difference. The simplicity and focus that is required to transition between moves is revealing and it really advances yoga and paddlingboarding skills. Meditation and relaxation are simply lovely under the trees surrounded by water, others may choose to practice some more challenging balances. 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 for the last part. You don’t have to be experienced in yoga or in paddle boarding to enjoy the benefits, just be 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.
Paddling & Yoga
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.
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. Then a few stretches along the river way are a good idea to relieve aching feet and ankles.
If you are interested in Yoga on the paddle boards and you cannot see a SUP Yoga 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 paddleboarding, no previous SUP skills needed to start.
90 minute SUP yoga class would include at least 30 mintues of paddling to the location. £35 each
60 minute SUP yoga class is when we arrive at a location and don’t need to paddle very far before we begin. £25 each
BYO Bring your own Board £15 to join in
Location will depend on the time of day and whether it is a weekend as road and river traffic are considered. My favourite local back waters are either Horse Guards Park or near Boulters. If you organise your own group we can have other choices.
Text/WhatsApp 07505 147957
Weather & wear
It needs to be warmish to practice yoga a whole hour of yoga on boards, so if it is too cool or windy then it won’t happen. I may offfer you a paddle instead but you class will be postphoned.
Once booked onto a class turn up in yoga or sports clothes that are cotton free ( unless really warm) and a drink.
Insect repellent for the warm months and extra layer and change of clothes- just in case!