Yoga is a popular form of physical exercise that helps you enhance the control of your own mind and body. Here’s a new form of yoga that you might not know: SUP yoga. It’s like regular yoga except that you do it on the water on a yoga SUP. It brings some extra benefits compared to traditional yoga. If you haven’t given it much thought, here’s why you should try it.
- Experience a different kind of yoga
You've probably tried a host of different kinds of yoga. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, hot yoga, kundalini yogaandquot;you name it. Perhaps some were in a yoga studio, maybe others in your own house or apartment. If you're lucky, you've had an outdoor yoga class and experienced the joy of free-flowing air to soothe your hot skin while you practice. SUP yoga is a game changer in yoga and it's unlike any yoga you've done before. As you've guessed, yes, you will be doing all the yoga poses on a wobbly SUP board, on the water, outside, and if you don't keep your balance, get ready to flip over.
- Build serious core strength
Have you ever used a Bosu Ball for exercise? If you haven't, do a quick search on YouTube to watch just how challenging it is. The ball's wobbliness challenges the body to be extra engaged to keep the balance. This hyper muscle engagement is what makes this exercise tool effective. That same concept applies to SUP yoga and that is how you will build crazy core strength. Because you will be engaged to keep your balance in your poses, you will have to truly engage all your core muscles as they are the anchor that will keep you afloat and balanced.
- Tap into a different level of mindfulness
If you've practiced yoga outdoors, then you have an idea of how calming it is. A fresh breeze and open air can seriously change the mood of your practice. SUP yoga takes outdoor yoga to a whole new level by immersing you right into the calming effects of water. You'll experience a different way of engaging with your body here.
- Yoga + nature = melt the stress away
Not only will you be able to experience a higher level of mindfulness in your practice, but also be thoroughly immersed in nature. Research by the American Heart Association found that spending time in nature boosts feelings of wellbeing and happiness, improves your mood, and reduces anxiety and stress. SUP yoga takes you on the water and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Around you will be aquatic life, birds, lots of greenery and vast stretches of blue. The natural backdrop is the perfect place for you to forget your worries for a moment and focus your energy inwardly to introspect and appreciate nature.
- Challenge your perceived limits and build confidence
SUP yoga is for everyone-from beginners to advanced yogis and yoginis. There's no good reason not to try and it's the perfect chance to challenge your self-imposed limits. You're probably thinking it's too challenging; you don't have to focus; you can't balance the tree pose on solid ground to save your life, how can you do it on water? And the list goes on. Well, there is only one way to find out if you're made for this and life is too short to not try. So give it a go with an open mind and you'll surprise yourself!
- You won't get bored
No two SUP yoga sessions are the same. Either you will be practicing at a new location every so often, the tide will be slightly more challenging, or you'll be practicing with different yogis. That is the beauty of SUP yoga. You'll have to try hard to be bored because you'll have new experiences to look forward to every time you step on the board.
SUP yoga a relatively new and interesting way to do yoga. If you wanted something new in your daily yoga routine, SUP yoga is definitely worth a shot. Get yourself a suitable inflatable stand up paddle board and head out to the water. For beginners, it's more recommended to do it on lakes which have calm water. And as you advance in SUP yoga, you might challenge yourself by taking it to the ocean.