What is SUP Yoga?

SUP = STAND UP PADDLEBOARD

The sport incorporates Hatha Vinyasa yoga poses on a 10 foot paddleboard. It is practiced on a calm body of water such as a lake.

The practice may require different alignments than on solid earth because the board is continually moving. The yogi must make small adjustments in body position and weight distribution to counterbalance the movements of the board.

SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddleboarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. Practicing yoga on a surface that is moving – like the paddle board – engages the core muscles and strengthens other muscles which wouldn't otherwise be used in earth-bound practice. SUP yoga also requires intense focus because transitioning between poses requires concentration to keep the board steady.  Common asanas included in SUP yoga practice are downward-facing dog, the cat-cow combination, child’s pose and corpse pose. 

What to bring with you: 

  • A spare change of clothes (incase you get wet or fall in to the reservoir)
  • Some comfortable clothes which you can move in, Yoga leggings, T- shirt and Jumper. 
  • Barefoot on the boards or wetsuit boots can be used if you prefer
  • Sunscreen in the summer, to protect the skin from UVA & UVB
  • All none swimmers must where a jacket until anchored up and ready to start yoga