Stand up paddle boarding is a new sport activity that is taking the world by a storm! Originally, this sport was started by surfers in Hawaii who were looking for a better way of keeping shape when the waves were not good. Soon they found out that by using a paddle with their board it provided a perfect way to be still on the water, and at the same time get exercise.

With most people getting into the world of stand up paddle boarding, some have evolved a new use for the stand up paddle board, yoga.

That is right, having yoga on a paddle board!

By doing yoga on the paddle board, it provides an extra balance dimension, not to mention it also adds extra fun and poses a challenge at the same time for a yoga practitioner. The greatest benefit of doing yoga on paddle board has to be the view and enjoying the time spent out on the water. By being able to take in the water and relax in the sun it really does give a very different experience than you could find in a yoga studio or gym.

Some people are still on the fence, thinking if using stand up paddle board is for them, but for the most part, once someone gets on a paddle board for the first time, they are hooked. They realize the great benefits that this sport has such as exercise, exploration, fun and enjoying nature.

The basics of paddle boarding

For the basic beginners it is important for to take lessons before attempting to surf or do yoga. Lessons offered comprise of a complete tour, which includes learning about ocean safety, proper paddle board handling technique, a general idea about the equipment, and also how to use the equipment.

Amateurs in this sport should have their first practice on the SUP board on calm water. This  is going to give the best environment for learning. When new people first get on the paddle board, the beginners find it easy to kneel on the board as compared to standing upright immediately. Being on the kneeling position, the border has the ability to feel the boards balance points with more stability.

SUP fitness and yoga

The popularity of stand up paddle boarding yoga is really increasing, by taking yoga off the mat and replacing it with the paddle board yoga, most of the yoga practitioners are inspired by how they can play their yoga postures while still floating on water. If this sounds too good to be true, believe it. This sport is becoming so popular given the growing popularity of the SUP yoga classes that are making a splash in the USA.

SUP yoga is just like the traditional yoga. The difference is that it is done in water using a board, instead of a mat in the studio. The paddle during class is used as a prop for lengthening and stretching ones spine. This total body workout typically includes an on-land warm up portion followed by a brisk paddle to a calm spot on the water. Like all other aqua-therapy games, SUP yoga offers a thorough, low impact workout, which aims to improve one’s core and other stabilizing muscles.

SUP yoga is a sport, which can be enjoyed by all. Some basic requirements required before enrolling for the classes are:

  • First you should know how to swim.
  • Be sure to bring water, your body needs to stay hydrated.
  • Dress for comfort
  • Remember to bring your sun protection as well, some sun block and a hat.

Other factors to consider include:

Posture

Posture is of great importance to almost all activities carried out in life and on a board it’s no different. Paddlers must keep their toes facing forward, their backs should remain straight, and their knees should be bent. For balance, don’t use the head but use the hips instead. Paddlers can also use their hands to also help in stabilization of the board.

While on water, use a paddle-boarding stance, that helps users remain in a balanced position as they stand on the board. For the legs they should be centered amid the edges, and not on the rails of the board. The shoulders and the head should remain steady and upright, to shift the weight only the hips can be used.

Environment

Yoga on land as compared to the board differ by quite a bit. Though the actual yoga movements are the same, regardless if on a paddle board or in a studio, the fact that the  board rests on the water adds in a different challenge. Many of those who are now experienced SUP yoga fans love the extra challenge the water provides, as well as the beauty of doing something as relaxing and peaceful, yoga, in nature.

This new and exciting sport will definitely continue to grow and become more popular, be sure to try SUP yoga next time you see a class advertised!

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