SUP Yoga - The Ultimate Guide
SUP boarding is becoming more popular every year. More and more people get to know this accessible water sport and start this wonderful sport. There are now alternatives to paddleboarding.
In addition to standard SUP boarding, there are already boards that you can use to windsurf, race, fish, ride with entire families and much more. The yoga SUP has also appeared and this has become a permanent part of our range.
What is yoga SUP?
Yoga SUP is what the name actually reveals. Perform your favorite poses on the water with a solid, custom-built board. The combination of outdoor, nature and water is something that inspires many people.
If you're crazy about yoga, try practicing your poses on a paddleboard while floating calmly on the water. great, right?
What do you need to get started?
To start yoga on the water, it is highly recommended to have a stable inflatable paddle board. You need a 15 cm thick board that is stable on the water. In the beginning, SUP yoga takes some getting used to.
An unstable board will not help you with this. There are specific yoga paddleboards on the market, which we will show in the next chapter. A yoga paddle board is of course not mandatory, you can also do yoga exercises with a normal SUP.
Of course you want clothes that you can move freely in. Elastic sports shorts are good, but you can also wear a bikini. Of course you can end up in the water at first. Therefore, wear clothes that don't go bad if they get wet. The same applies to your shoes. We recommend wearing slippers or sandals.
Finally, we recommend starting with yoga on the mainland first. Haven't you ever struck a pose? Don't start right on the water, take a few lessons first. Before you start yoga on the water, try to master the technique first.
8 SUP Yoga Poses
As you can already see in the first video, there are many different poses for SUP Board Yoga. Below we list 8 good SUP board yoga poses for beginners. Good luck with the beginning!
The Downward Dog
A wonderful pose to start your session. It creates length for your spine and helps you find balance on your board.
Modified Crescent Lung
This pose is ideal for opening up your hips, groins, and hamstrings. Put pressure on your foot and feel your center.
The warrior pose looks simple, but it's not. Maintaining balance on your board requires strength and calm.
A very good exercise to build strength in your core. Make it harder by stretching your legs to the horizon.
The malasana opens your hips and lower back. Spread your feet and lower your hips. Then breathe in and out slowly.
One of the most popular poses among yoga fanatics: the handstand. Try to keep your balance, something that does a lot for your core.
A wonderful way to stretch your shoulders and spine, allowing for more flexibility and tension between the vertebrae.
Extend your spine, open your chest, stretch your stomach and rise to the wheel. Not an easy pose, but not to be missed!
SUP Yoga Tips
Check out our 5 best yoga tips here!
1. Stay low
Especially when you're just starting out, you want to stay as close to the surface of the water as possible. The further you stretch (and get off the surface of the water), the harder it is to keep your balance. Do you find it difficult to stand at first? Then do it on your knees or crouch.
2. Don't be afraid
There's no reason to be scared of doing yoga on the water. The worst thing that can happen to you is that you fall into the water. Climb out and then continue. After the considerable exertion of your poses, it's sometimes even a nice refreshment. Everyone started the first time and there is always someone who fell off the board. That's just funny!
3. Focus on the horizon - look straight ahead
By fixing yourself on the horizon, you focus your gaze on one point. This provides more stability and thus a balanced yoga board.
4. Focus on yourself
Don't look at how others strike their poses. Concentrate on yourself like everyone else. It makes perfect sense that people who have done this a lot more often are better. It doesn't matter at all.
5. Make it easy!
Don't hesitate and just go! Yoga sup is a great workout for your body. It's also wonderful to be busy on the water and to be yourself. Jump on the bike or in the car and just start driving. You will not regret it.
After reading this, don't know which SUP is right for you? Start a chat right or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help!