Hello my lovely friends! Good news! Last Thursday I posted my Post-Baby Bucket List for TBT and it inspired me to stop putting things off and starting doing. So Saturday morning that is exactly what I did. I grabbed my paddleboard, threw on a rash guard and headed out to try SUP Yoga for the first time.
I had debated trying a SUP Yoga class but I figured I know enough about yoga and enough about SUP that I could just figure it out. Luckily, it worked out! I had a beautifully still, calm day with practically no people at the beach so that made it a lot easier. I discovered that because a paddleboard is such an unsteady surface, there was an inherent balancing quality to every single move. It certainly made even basic poses a lot more challenging. I’ve put together a few of the moves I explored over the weekend for you to try the next time you hop on a board. Don’t be scared! Just give it a go!
I started with a simple mountain pose because, let’s face it, it is basically just standing on the board. But in all seriousness, I took a minute to center myself and focus my mind on my practice.
I then took a seat on the board to practice a few rounds of inhaling and exhaling before moving onto my hands and knees for cat/cow.
While on my hands and knees, I thought it would be a good time to activate my core since this helps with balance so I did a few rounds of knee to nose on each side.
I then decided it was time to really work and started a few rounds of sun salutations. I modified a little by going plank, chattarunga, upward dog, downward dog and then child’s pose rather than coming all the way up to mountain pose. This got me nice and warm!
On my last sun salutation, I stepped my right leg forward into a low lunge feeling a nice stretch through my hamstring and taking my arms overhead for a bit of balancing work.
I then tucked my back toes, dropped my back heel and stood in a Warrior I, my first standing pose!
Once here, I figured best not rock the board, so I extended out to a Warrior II.
I then repeated the entire warrior sequence on the other side before moving onto some serious balance moves. First a chair pose–always best to start with two feet!
Followed by a tree pose. Not gonna lie, this took a few attempts!
Finally, some relaxation! Child’s pose!
And a sweet savasana.
My muscles were shaking and quaking from all of the work they were doing to keep me in the poses on such an unsteady surface. It was a pretty intense workout despite being much slower and more deliberate than my normal yoga practice. So fun!
Readers, have you ever tried SUP yoga? What’s your favorite yoga pose? How many times does it take you to balance in a difficult pose?
I actually just signed up for a yoga retreat in Nicaragua (so much for no more traveling!) and there’ll be SUP yoga. SO excited to try it out! I can imagine it’s super challenging but looks like a ton of fun.
Um, you are amazing!! WOW. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how much harder every pose must be while balancing on a paddle board. Kudos to you for not having wet hair in any of these photos!! 😉
Wow -I love my SUP & I am now motivated to try some of your lovely yoga poses on the SUP! How can I make the water be so still like you apparently did? I need all the help I can get to keep THAT level of balance!