July 13, 2015
Edited by Spenser Dukowitz
What is SUP yoga anyway?
It’s a true test of your balancing skills. Especially when doing a yoga sequence.
Some people even call it “mermaid yoga.”
Let’s be real here, who doesn’t want to feel like a graceful mermaid for once?
This peculiar style is becoming increasingly popular these days.
Do you want to know what all the rage is about? Well, here we go…
SUP YOGA IS CHALLENGING
This doesn’t mean you have to be on your Ashtanga fourth series to be able to do SUP yoga, it just means that you will be engaging more muscles even when you’re only doing a downward dog pose. Sounds cool, eh?
And it also means you’ll get better at your regular practice. It’s obvious that your balance will get better, but your technique will also benefit from it. You won’t be exercising one side more than the other either because, well, you’d fall off the board!
SUP YOGA IS A BEAUTIFUL PRACTICE
The ocean breeze touching your skin, your breath synchronizing with the sound of the waves, you find yourself floating on your paddle board while the sunrises – how could life get any better? It’s enough to get me on the beach.
SUP YOGA IS CALMING
There are neurologists that believe the sound of the ocean can trigger a relaxed state which allows you to form memories easily. There are also some studies that reveal interacting with nature can be therapeutic. Imagine: you have another excuse to have a beach day. You’re welcome.
SUP YOGA IS GOOD FOR YOU
Have you even come home from the beach and felt really good? Well, it might not been just because you had a beautiful day at the beach. Did you know that swimming in salt water reduces muscle inflammation? And if you happen to fall in and drink some salty water (not a big gulp, though!) it may actually be beneficial if you’re engaged in a high intensity workout. It can even improve your athletic performance.
Moreover, it is believed that salt can be a valid treatment for asthma and respiratory issues.
CROSS-TRAINING WITHIN YOGA IS THE WAY TO GO
You may have found your favorite yoga style, but have you thought of the advantages of trying some new styles once in a while? If you’ve decided to dedicate yourself to one particular style, think of this: switching up your practice can help you improve in areas where you are weak. Each style of yoga may feel different, but if you branch out and incorporate some new techniques and environments into your practice, who knows how fast you’ll improve?
IT’S UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO TRY SUP YOGA
You may join a SUP yoga class, practice a pre-made sequence like the one here or just do your own thing. We recommend you get used to the paddle board first and take some time to paddle around before you engage in your practice. After that, you’re entirely in charge.
SUP YOGA IS SAFE
Unless you’re trying a super hard inversion which may cause you to fall on your head (and that happened to me at my house), you’re not in danger of really hurting yourself. If you fall, you fall in the water, which is a bonus cool down, and then you just climb back up!
You don’t have to try a hard sequence to reap the benefits from a SUP yoga practice. Although, who doesn’t want to look cool while doing it, am I right?
SO, WILL YOU TRY SUP YOGA?
Is SUP yoga for you? What do you think? Would you like to give it a shot or are you a pro? We’ll love it if you would share YOUR SUP yoga experiences with us!