Become a Water Yogi One Pose at a Time

In SUP Fitness by Daniel

Have you ever wanted to try SUP yoga?

But maybe you felt tentative, nervous, and decided to put it off.

Who wants to fall in the water right?

But without risks - there are no great rewards.

And one of the most rewarding activities on a SUP is yoga.

The supreme feeling of peace from stretching, surrounded by the sounds of nature, your weightless body floating on the water, while the sun touches your skin - makes for an amazing experience.

What if there was a way to relieve your tentative feelings towards trying SUP yoga by first practicing some poses on land?

Would you give it a try?

We hope your answer is yes!

(This is also a great way to stay in shape during the winter months!)

Because this week we are including an article entitled, "5 SUP Yoga Poses You Can Practice on Dry-Land" from our friends at Yogi Approved.

*If you'd like to head directly to their website, feel free to do so! Otherwise, we've included the pics of the poses and a short write-up of each in this email.*

With that said - Let's get into it!

First off:

To take your at-home practice to the next level we highly recommend checking out an Indo Board. They are balance boards designed to mimic what it feels like to be on the water.

A little practice on an Indo Board and time on the water will greatly improve your balance on a SUP and on land!

1. Table Top Spinal Balance

Begin in Table Top pose in the center of the balance board

Extend the right leg back and the left arm forward

If you feel stable, exhale and crunch the right knee to the right elbow

You can continue to test your balance by pulsing the extended right leg or practice Tiger’s Pose

Hold whichever variation you choose for a few breaths, then switch to the other side


2. High Plank Pose with knee taps

Begin in High Plank pose with your shoulders stacked over your wrists

Use your core to balance and stabilize your body on the balance board

If you feel stable, lift the right foot off the balance board and tap your right knee as close as you can to your right tricep

Continue practicing a few knee taps on one side or alternate sides


3. Side Plank Pose

Begin with your right hand and right knee on the centerline of the balance board

Extend your top leg (left leg) long and reach your left hand skyward, opening your chest and hips

It may be helpful to keep your bottom knee on the balance board at first to help you feel stable

Stay here for a few breaths


4. Yogi Bicycles

Begin reclined on the balance board with your fingers interlaced behind your head

Stack your knees over your hips and keep your shins parallel to the balance board

Extend the right leg forward and keep it lifted

On your inhale, lift your shoulders. Then exhale and bring the right shoulder to the left knee

Inhale back to center and switch sides

Exhale, bring your left shoulder to the right knee and inhale back to center

Continue alternating sides, using your breath and moving with control for more muscle activation


5. Boat Pose

Begin seated in the center of the balance board and with your legs extended

Slowly lean back until you are balanced on your sitting bones

Bend your knees and lift your feet so your shins are parallel to the balance board

As you build strength, hold on to the back of your thighs and keep your knees bent

When your core feels strong, gently straighten the legs and reach the arms forward

Be sure to keep your chest lifted and your spine straight, heart lifted


Practice these poses a few times through to get the feeling. Take breaks wherever necessary. And if you do decide to combine your practice with an Indo Board - you'll be a water yogi in no time.

Already willing to give it a shot? Check out our Locations/Activities page and search for a SUP Yoga class in your area today!

-The Perfect Paddles Team

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