The best thing is that you don’t need any prior experience to try SUP yoga. Before practicing yoga on a paddleboard, it might be a good idea to learn the basics of paddleboarding though. Also, it is good to know how to swim. :) The difference between practicing on the water and dry land is that on dry land you are grounded, and on a paddleboard, you are not only moving on the water but also wind and current effects the stability. So balancing in these conditions is slightly different. But it is like that extra spice added into this equation.
- Improves the pose
- Helps you find new muscles in your body
- Relieves stress
- Improves the balance
- Gives you possibility to enjoy fresh air
- Cati & Cow
- Downward facing dog
- Warrior 2
- Warrior 2 (another side)
Yoga on a paddleboard is just like “regular” yoga except sometime you might get wet.
Surroundings are amazing, being outdoors feels wonderful, feeling the wind in your face is refreshing, and seeing the water below you is something special. The moving waves add a unique challenge when it comes to your balance, so you end up using your core and leg muscles much more and in different way than you do in a regular yoga class.
Even though paddleboarding and SUP yoga are really popular in Finland, I hadn’t ever tried them. So, once I came to India I got a chance to try them and I have to say it was an experience like no other. Even just sitting on a paddleboard felt special. It was so calming and beautiful experience. If you haven't tried already, I suggest you go and try it out the first thing when you’ll have a chance. And even if you have, go and do it again. I promise, you won’t regret it.
My thanks for this unique and first time ever experience goes to Surf on a Sup which is surf and sup destination resort in Varkala, India. If you happen to be in Kerala make sure to look the place up and enjoy some fun times in and on the water.